Legislation is headed to Republican Gov. Eric Holcomb that would require women completing a pill-induced abortion at home to be told they can return the embryonic remains to their abortion clinic or hospital for disposal through burial or cremation.
The Republican-controlled General Assembly gave final approval Wednesday to Senate Enrolled Act 299, which passed with bipartisan support in both the House and Senate because many lawmakers believe it does not limit or burden abortion access in Indiana.
If the measure becomes law, as expected, women completing a pill-induced abortion away from a clinic or hospital would be encouraged — but not required — to collect the embryonic remains and return them for what supporters consider "dignified" disposal.
State law since 2016 has obligated abortion providers to dispose of aborted fetuses in their possession through burial or cremation, rather than as medical waste.
That requirement, however, was on hold until last year when the U.S. Supreme Court affirmed Indiana's disposal mandate.
Opponents suggested it's unlikely women expelling the products of a pill-induced abortion into a toilet or bathtub at home will collect the approximately grape-sized embryonic remains in a container and transport it back to a, likely distant, abortion clinic or hospital.
State records show 41% of the 8,037 abortions completed in Indiana in 2018, the most recent year with complete data available, were pill-induced.
Indiana law requires pill-induced abortions be completed in the first nine weeks of pregnancy.
State Rep. Carolyn Jackson, D-Hammond
State Rep. Earl Harris Jr., D-East Chicago
State Rep. Ragen Hatcher, D-Gary
State Rep. Ed Soliday, R-Valparaiso
State Rep. Pat Boy, D-Michigan City
State Rep. Chuck Moseley, D-Portage
State Rep. Mike Aylesworth, R-Hebron
State Rep. Mara Candelaria Reardon, D-Munster
State Rep. Vernon Smith, D-Gary
State Rep. Chris Chyung, D-Dyer
State Rep. Douglas Gutwein, R-Francesville
State Rep. Lisa Beck, D-Hebron
State Rep. Jim Pressel, R-Rolling Prairie
State Sen. Frank Mrvan, D-Hammond
State Sen. Lonnie Randolph, D-East Chicago
State Sen. Eddie Melton, D-Gary
State Sen. Karen Tallian, D-Ogden Dunes
State Sen. Ed Charbonneau, R-Valparaiso
State Sen. Rick Niemeyer, R-Lowell
State Sen. Mike Bohacek, R-Michiana Shores
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