2019 INDIANA LEGISLATION
INDIANA LEGISLATIVE SPOTLIGHT
Bills that could either positively or negatively impact Hoosier families are firmly under the umbrella of reproductive justice and deserve our attention.
January 10: Deadline for bill filling
January 17: Deadline for bills assigned to Committees
February 26: Last day for Senate to receive House bills
April 15: Last day 3rd reading of Senate bills in House
April 16: Last day 3rd reading of House bills in the Senate
April 29: Last day for adjournment of both houses
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Why we are watching: Visionary statement about what reproductive rights should be in Indiana.
DIGEST: Reproductive rights. States that every individual has a fundamental right to: (1) choose or refuse contraception or sterilization; (2) parent the individual's child; and (3) choose, if the individual is pregnant, whether to carry a pregnancy to term, give birth, place the child for adoption, or have an abortion. Prohibits the state from denying or interfering with the individual's specified rights. Specifies that a fertilized egg, embryo, and fetus do not have independent rights in Indiana.
STATUS: 01/15/2019 First reading: referred to Senate Committee on Judiciary
Health insurance coverage and reproductive health
Why we are watching: Calls for the freedom to access insurance to meet full reproductive health needs.
DIGEST: Provides that an individual has the right to full health insurance coverage. Prohibits an employer from infringing on an employee's right to full health insurance coverage by restricting health insurance coverage. Provides that an individual has the right to make the individual's own decisions concerning reproductive health.
STATUS: 01/14/2019 First reading: referred to House Committee on Insurance
Why we are watching: Introduces a method ban at second trimester abortions.
DIGEST: Provides that a person may not knowingly or intentionally perform a dismemberment abortion unless a physician reasonably believes that performing the dismemberment abortion (very limited exemptions). Provides anonymity safeguards in court or administrative actions for a woman on whom a dismemberment abortion was performed. Amends the definition of "abortion complication".
STATUS: 01/10/2019 Reassigned to House Committee on Public Policy
Health provider ethical exemption
Why we are watching: Broadens the refusal clause to treat abortion patients that currently only applies only to physicians and employees.
DIGEST: Includes health care providers in the prohibition from being required to perform an abortion or assist or participate in procedures intended to result in an abortion if the health care provider objects to the procedures on ethical, moral, or religious grounds.
STATUS: 01/03/2019 First reading: referred to Senate Committee on Health and Provider Services
Biological sexual identity
Why we are watching: Uses our education system to openly and unashamedly discriminate against transgender and nonbinary people.
DIGEST: Provides that student facilities in public school buildings must be designated for use by female students or male students and may be used only by the students of the biological sex for which the facility is designated. Provides that if a school corporation or charter school designates athletic programs as either athletic programs for males or athletic programs for females, a student may participate only in the athletic programs corresponding to the student's biological sex.
STATUS: 01/17/2019 First reading: referred to House Committee on Education