Indiana became the second state, along with North Dakota, to ban abortions of children solely because they may be born with a disability.
In February the state Senate passed a bill protecting children with disabilities, which the House then passed in March, and Governor Mike Pence finally signed just over a week ago.
Indiana’s House Bill 1337 would ban abortion doctors from knowingly aborting an unborn baby solely because of a genetic disability such as Down syndrome, the unborn baby’s race or sex. The bill also has several other abortion-related measures, including a requirement that aborted or miscarried babies’ bodies be cremated or buried and another requirement that abortionists who have hospital admitting privileges renew them annually. The burial/cremation requirement backs up a law passed in 2015 by Gov. Pence requiring that aborted babies’ bodies be disposed of in a humane way.
State Senator Liz Brown argued that the legislation was important because of the pressures that many people face from the medical industry upon finding out that their child may have an illness or a disability.
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“What we hear from doctors is — it would really be better off if you were not born. If you are born, we will love you, and we think you have equal rights and should be a member of society. In fact, we have the Americans with Disabilities Act and have to make accommodations. But we don’t want to make the accommodation before you’re born, and in fact, it would really be easier if you were not born.”
The bill also makes it illegal for abortion doctors to perform the grotesque deed because of discrimination against the sex of the child or the child’s race. This clause adds Indiana to a number of other states that have abortion bans in place for similar reasons.
Governor Mike Pence (R-IN), who has been a consistent social conservative, graciously signed this bill into law and did so with a public prayer.
Pence’s support was widely anticipated. A social conservative with a long track record of opposing abortion, he described the new restrictions as a “comprehensive pro-life measure that affirms the value of all human life.”
“By enacting this legislation, we take an important step in protecting the unborn, while still providing an exception for the life of the mother. I sign this legislation with a prayer that God would continue to bless these precious children, mothers and families,” Pence said in a statement.
Another victory in the life-or-death struggle against the genocide of abortion. Let’s keep up the pressure.
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