News and Stories: PPINK to Review Legal Options Following Pence Signing of Bill That Intrudes on Women’s Personal Health Care Decisions
May 1, 2013
Indianapolis, Ind.) – Planned Parenthood of Indiana today said it is reviewing its legal options, now that Gov. Mike Pence has signed Senate Enrolled Act 371 (SEA 371), an egregious piece of legislation that intrudes on women’s personal health care decisions and imposes further restrictions on abortion, which is a safe and legal procedure.
“Working with the American Civil Liberties Union (ACLU) of Indiana, we are currently reviewing the constitutionality of this harmful new law,” said Betty Cockrum, president and CEO of PPINK. “It is very likely that we will be challenging SEA 371 in court.
“The additional regulations in this bill are in no way related to ‘patient safety,’” Cockrum said. “Legislators really intend to chip away at Hoosier women’s access to abortion – and as part of a coordinated national effort, shut down Planned Parenthood’s health care centers that also provide preventive care.
“The fact is, non-surgical abortion, the subject of SEA 371, is already highly-regulated,” Cockrum said. “This piece of legislation is aimed at one non-surgical abortion facility in Indiana – our health center in Lafayette, where thousands of Hoosier women and men have for more than 40 years received their Pap tests, breast and testicular exams, birth control and STD testing and treatment.
“Non-surgical abortion is very safe,” Cockrum said. “Politicians should care about the facts, and stay out of women’s personal health care decisions,” Cockrum added.
“This statute imposes requirements that fail to meet even minimal rationality standards and is, in our estimation, clearly unconstitutional,” said ACLU of Indiana Legal Director Ken Falk.
SEA 371 also tinkers with so-called “informed consent” regarding abortion in Indiana. A subject that has been regulated numerous times in recent years, this bill mandates that required informational handouts now be printed in color.
“Nearly every one of our legislators claimed they’d be focusing their efforts this session on growing jobs and our economy,” Cockrum said. “Yet, this extremist legislature took aim at our nonprofit and our patients – men and women who often otherwise go without care.
“Thus far, our nonprofit has had a successful track record when it comes to taking on legislation that’s politically-motivated or based on someone’s religious beliefs,” Cockrum added. “We intend to keep on standing up for our patients and for women’s reproductive rights.”
Planned Parenthood of Indiana (PPINK) provides high-quality health care to more than 75,000 men and women each year at our health centers across the state. Our centers are staffed by skilled clinicians and highly trained health care professionals. More than 93% of our nonprofit’s services are preventive in nature and include lifesaving cancer screenings, Pap tests, birth control and STD testing and treatment. Through the Sara and Albert Reuben Partners in Health Education initiative, PPINK also provides sexuality and reproductive health education programs, equiPPINKg Hoosiers to make responsible decisions so that families thrive in Indiana.
PPINK’s doors are open to all who need care and we provide our services in a confidential, compassionate and non-judgmental manner. We accept Medicaid and insurance. Learn more at www.PPINK.org.