Planned Parenthood of Indiana (PPIN) and Planned Parenthood Advocates of Indiana (PPAI) have been hard at work since January 5 monitoring the 2010 Indiana General Assembly session. Unfortunately, Friday, on the 37th anniversary of the landmark Roe v. Wade decision, the Indiana House of Representatives scheduled a hearing on a bill, House Bill 1366, that would overly regulate women's reproductive health care options.
HB 1366, titled "Informed consent for a hysterectomy" (Authors: Rep. Borders, Klinker, Dodge and Messmer), would require doctors to provide to their patients, both verbally and in writing, a litany of information prescribed by legislators. The woman must sign a written statement that "she read and understood" the legislator-prescribed information before the surgery is performed. It would also require the Office of Women's Health to adopt certain rules concerning consent procedures and medical reasons for hysterectomies - thereby dictating whether and when a woman should or should not obtain a hysterectomy. Where have we heard this all before??
PPIN and PPAI will continue to track the progress of HB 1366 - which is scheduled to be heard in front of the Indiana House Public Health Committee Monday, January 25, at 10:30 a.m. in the House Chambers. We encourage you to attend the hearing and speak up on behalf of women's reproductive rights.
Or, simply contact the members of the Public Health Committee. Thank them for their dedicated service and express your concerns regarding HB 1366. For a complete list of all the members of the Public Health committee click here. To look-up your legislator, click here.
We are also monitoring more than 60 additional bills that may enhance or endanger reproductive health, including bills on sexting, health care reform and insurance issues. Please visit our website, www.advocates.ppin.org , for more information on these bills and to find out more about what we do to protect reproductive health care in Indiana.
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Want to help monitor the activity of these bills, as well as many others, from the comfort of your home? Visit Indiana's legislative website and e-mail us for volunteer and capitol activist opportunities!
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