Wednesday, March 08, 2006

Controversial Abortion Language Defining When Life Begins Back

House Republican conferee Rep. Tim Harris (R-Marion) has added back controversial language to HB 1172 which requires physicians performing abortions to instruct a woman that human life begins at conception, and that the fetus may feel pain during the procedure the Star reports. HB 1172 passed the House with the language, but the Senate removed it in committee.

Planned Parenthood of Indiana opposes the bill. No medical science supporting the language of the bill has been presented at any of the hearings on the bill. "To suggest to a woman where no science is evident that it is possible to feel pain before 20 weeks is nothing short of harassment," Michael McKillip, director of legislative affairs for the abortion-rights group told the Star.

Sen. Mike Delph (R-Carmel) sees it differently. He told the Star, "To me, this issue is the human-rights issue of our day. I feel very strongly about this, that we have the duty to protect the least among us and the innocent."

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