An Indiana Senate panel voted today to eliminate a provision in a pending abortion bill that would require women seeking abortions be told the procedure is linked to breast cancer.
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The Senate Health and Provider Services Committee approved the bill 6-2 with an amendment by Sen. Pat Miller, R-Indianapolis, that eliminated that language.
“We listened to what some physicians has said about the breast cancer issue and decided it would be best to take that out,” said Miller, a co-sponsor of the bill.
Committee members on Wednesday removed from the bill a requirement that women be told in writing they face greater risks of breast cancer if they undergo an abortion, but kept the requirement that warnings be given of increased infertility chances.
Abortion rights supporters argued that such warnings could force doctors to provide medically inaccurate information.
Committee Chairwoman Patricia Miller, R-Indianapolis, said she decided to delete the breast cancer warning mandate after talking with experts about possible links to abortion.
“That is a conflicted issue,” she said.
The bill also compels abortion providers to tell women that human life begins when the egg is fertilized and that a fetus might feel pain at or before 20 weeks.
So, let’s get this straight: Patricia Miller, R-Indianapolis, sponsored the original bill that included the breast cancer language and that she and her fellow state senators passed in February by a vote of 39-9. Then their fellow Republicans in the House passed a similar bill with identical breast cancer language by a vote of 72-23. And only now are they getting around to “talking with experts” about whether that language is supported by the scientific evidence, and only now is it dawning on them that this is a “conflicted issue”??
They are either the ignorant Midwestern rubes their pro-abortion critics across the country have said they are, or something far worse.
The scientific evidence linking abortion with increased breast cancer risk is out there for all the world to see. The so-called “pro-life” movement knows about it. The so-called “pro-choice” movement knows about it. The so-called “breast cancer awareness” movement knows about it. I’ve washed my hands of it.
But if you’ve had an abortion and weren’t told it would increase your risk of breast cancer and want to sue some lying bastards for medical malpractice, give me a call.