Abortion Reversal Bill Passes House Over Bipartisan Opposition

Feb 27, 2017


Indiana House lawmakers passed a bill Monday requiring doctors to inform women their drug-induced abortions could be reversed – and also to say there’s no scientific study to support that claim.

The vote for the measure, authored by Rep. Ron Bacon (R-Boonville), came over bipartisan opposition.

Rep. Linda Lawson (D-Hammond) set the tone for that testimony, calling the bill “bunk, and absolutely insane.” She says it has no real science behind it.

“I’m tired of the old white men in this room talking to women in the state of Indiana about what we need to be doing with our bodies,” Lawson says. “It’s not your business.”

Though he said he was reluctant to be lumped into that category, Rep. Steven Stemler (D-Jeffersonville) supported the bill.

“You’re requiring someone to be informed about a possibility. You’re stating it’s not scientifically proven,” Stemler says. “We’re just saying you have the right to try. We’re not saying it’s going to work. The right to try revolves around, nothing is guaranteed.”

But Rep. Cindy Ziemke (R-Batesville) says she worries hearing of that possibility will cause women to commit less to abortion decisions.

“As a pro-life person, that is a huge concern for me,” Ziemke says. “I want them to know exactly what they’re doing and be very, very certain that this is, indeed, the decision.”

Ziemke was one of 17 Republicans who crossed party lines to vote against the bill, while Stemler and Rep. Sheila Klinker (D-Lafayette) joined Republicans in voting for it. It ultimately passed, 54-41.

The measure heads next to the Senate, where its sponsors will be Sens. Liz Brown (R-Fort Wayne) and Erin Houchin (R-Nappanee).