The Indiana Senate and House are again poised for a tussle over an anti-choice bill that would require doctors who perform abortions to have admitting privileges at a local hospital in the county in which the abortion is performed. SB89 has been around the block before and has failed to pass muster.
Remember this is the same legislation that Allen County anti-choicers couldn’t quite manipulate by the Allen County Commissioners. The Commissioners soon realized that the bill that they were presented this past year was simply a pretext to curtail access to abortions by requiring that the doctor have admitting privileges at a local hospital. The regulation presented to the Commissioners was gussied up to look like the proponents really cared about those who were having out-patient procedures.
Trouble was, on a closer review of the regulation, it was discovered that the only procedures that were covered were those typically associated with first trimester abortions. Nary a provision was included that protected men from a failed out-patient procedure by doctors.
In fact, Cathie Humbarger, executive director of Allen County Right to Life made the following uninformed comment:
“All of us want to make certain that if a woman is bleeding at midnight after an abortion and comes into an emergency room, she can have the same quality of medical care that women of Indiana deserve and receive in virtually every other circumstance.”
Now, I have to ask – is Ms. Humbarger actually suggesting that if a woman appeared at an emergency room at midnight in dire circumstances that the personnel would blow off the Hypocratic Oath and turn her away? Nah – she surely couldn’t be suggesting that someone with a life-threatening emergency would be shunned and left to stand at the sliding doors of the emergency room.
Senate Bill 89 is simply another step in the direction of ultimately curtailing a woman’s choice. Perhaps Ms. Hunbarger and those concerned with the incidence of abortion should focus on educating people about how to prevent pregnancies in the first place.