Smaller Government? Not With Indiana’s New Nonsense Paperwork Requirement for Abortion Care


The state of Kansas may have a lot of unnecessary, unneeded, and even inaccurate information as part of their Orwellian “Women’s Right to Know” effort to curtail access to safe abortion care, but Indiana plans to go even one step further. They want to pass a bill requiring all the information be printed out and physically provided to the women seeking pregnancy terminations.

Via the Indiana Courier-Journal:

Sen. Dennis Kruse, R-Auburn, and Sen. Jim Banks, R-Columbia City, authored Senate Bill 101. The printed packet, titled “A Woman’s Right to Know,” would include detailed color photos showing the development of fetuses at two-week intervals and information regarding adoption. The packet also would explain the risks of aborting the pregnancy versus the risks of carrying it to term.

The bill is based on a similar policy put in place by the Texas Department of State Health Services in 2003.

In recent years, Indiana lawmakers approved a measure to require the state health department to post similar information online. But Banks said this information would have a stronger impact if women held a printed copy in hand.

“Being pro-life, I would hope that this bill would help to reduce the number of abortions in Indiana, but there’s so much more significance to it than that, like providing this information to women,” Banks said.

During the upcoming session, Banks said, he wants to overcome problems with funding that had occurred in similar legislation. He also wants to strengthen the language in the packet compared with the language in the information available online.

A website, such as the ones created by Kansas and Arizona, could at least cut down on the costs of the law (not to mention the environmental impact of printing). But Indiana Right to Life told the Courier-Journal that they were concerned that women were leaving appointments without papers to look at, and that this would make it on par with other medical procedures.

Perhaps that means that Indiana Right to Life would be willing to foot the bill for the extra costs? According to Indiana’s Legislative Service Agency, it could cost the Department of Health up to $20,000 to print up materials to comply with the new law. That’s a lot of money for a group of lawmakers who claim they want smaller government.

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  • jruwaldt

    Actually, it’s the Louisville (Ky.) Courier-Journal. As Louisville is a major city just outside Indiana, the Courier-Journal apparently covers Indiana politics.