NewsPublic Affairs / February 13, 2019

Committee Considers Bill To Ban Second Trimester Abortion Procedure

Committee Considers Bill To Ban Second Trimester Abortion ProcedureDilation and evacuation abortion procedures, or D&Es, are performed in the second trimester. And they're currently legal up to around 20 weeks. Proposed legislation would ban them unless there are serious health risks to the mother.Indiana abortion law, 2019 legislative session, abortion2019-02-13T00:00:00-05:00
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Committee Considers Bill To Ban Second Trimester Abortion Procedure

The House Public Policy Committee is set to vote on the latest abortion bill next week.

Brandon Smith/IPB News

Proposed legislation seeks to ban a second trimester abortion procedure under most circumstances.

A House committee took hours of testimony Wednesday on the Indiana legislature’s latest attempt to curtail abortion rights.

Dilation and evacuation abortion procedures, or D&Es, are performed in the second trimester. And they’re currently legal up to around 20 weeks. Proposed legislation would ban them unless there are serious health risks to the mother.

OB-GYN Christina Francis argues D&Es – which she calls “dismemberment abortions” – are barbaric.

“As physicians, we are meant to be healers, not killers," Francis says. "As a just society, we are meant to protect our citizens, especially those who cannot protect themselves.”

But OB-GYN Caitlin Bernard says the bill bans the safest procedure for ending a pregnancy in the second trimester.

“Forcing women to undergo additional or alternative procedures that may cause unnecessary pain and risk of complications,” Bernard says.

A House committee is set to vote on the bill next week.

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