IN HB1439 | 2021 | Regular Session

Status

Spectrum: Partisan Bill (Republican 1-0)
Status: Introduced on January 14 2021 - 25% progression
Action: 2021-01-14 - First reading: referred to Committee on Courts and Criminal Code
Pending: House Courts and Criminal Code Committee
Text: Latest bill text (Introduced) [PDF]

Summary

Coerced abortions, protection of a fetus, and wrongful death or injury of a child. Requires that a woman seeking an abortion must be informed that a coerced abortion is illegal. Provides that certain medical personnel must inquire with a woman seeking an abortion whether the abortion is coerced. Requires certain medical personnel who believe that an abortion is coerced to offer the pregnant woman information on certain services, the use of a telephone, and an alternative exit from the health care facility. Makes it a Level 6 felony if a person knowingly or intentionally coerces a woman into having an abortion. Makes it a Level 6 felony if a father or putative father of an unborn child knowingly or intentionally coerces a pregnant woman into having an abortion. Mandates reports of a coerced abortion to law enforcement. Makes it a Class C infraction if a reproductive health facility knowingly employs a mandatory reporter who violates the mandatory reporting statute. Creates a cause of action for a wrongful death of an aborted child. Provides that a cause of action for the wrongful death or injury of a child includes a fetus in any stage of development. (Current law defines "child" as a fetus that has attained viability.) Provides that a person, or a person who is pregnant, is justified in using reasonable force to protect a fetus.

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Title

Coerced abortions, protection of a fetus, and wrongful death or injury of a child.

Sponsors


History

DateChamberAction
2021-01-14HouseFirst reading: referred to Committee on Courts and Criminal Code
2021-01-14HouseAuthored by Representative King

Indiana State Sources


Bill Comments 750

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