Target: Indiana House of Representatives
Goal: Strike down legislation that would require an ultrasound before taking an abortion-inducing pill
A controversial bill that would require women in Indiana to undergo an ultrasound before taking an abortion-inducing pill recently passed through the Indiana State Senate. The bill has been sent to the Indiana House of Representatives, where it awaits a vote. Not only is the legislature attempting to require this unnecessary and oftentimes invasive procedure, but it is also unfairly targeting clinics that administer the drug. The bill would require clinics that administer this drug to meet the same specifications as a surgical clinic, putting undue hardship on these women’s health facilities. The Indian legislature must stop this unfair proposal, which is little more than obstruction of lawful action, before it is too late.
Claims that the bill does not require transvaginal ultrasounds, while technically true, are extremely misleading. It is true that the bill does not stipulate what kind of ultrasound is required (the two options are externally, over the abdomen, or internally, through the vagina,using a probe that is several inches long). However, the abortion-inducing pill, RU486, is usually taken in the first weeks of pregnancy, when a transvaginal ultrasound is needed to get the best possible image of the fetus.
By requiring abortion clinics to meet the same standards as a surgical clinic, this bill would put undue hardship on these essential women’s health facilities. This bill would make clinics install unnecessary surgical and sterilization equipment, as well as widen hallways and doors. Planned Parenthood has said these new provisions would possibly lead to the closing of a clinic in Lafayette.
Indiana State Representatives must know that this disrespectful and invasive bill cannot pass. Demand that the Indiana House of Representatives strike down this measure.
Dear Indiana House of Representatives,
The bill that was recently sent to you from the Senate requiring ultrasounds for all women attempting to take the abortion-inducing pill RU486 cannot be allowed to pass. It is an invasion of women’s privacy, and a would possibly result in the closure of one or more women’s health clinics in Indiana. The new regulations in this bill are an unnecessary burden on women’s health clinics, as well as a violation of privacy for the women trying to get this pill.
Although it is stated that women are not required to get a transvaginal ultrasound, the abortion pill is most often taken in the early stages of pregnancy where a transvaginal ultrasound is necessary to get a compete look at the fetus. In addition, requiring facilities who administer this drug to meet the same specifications as a surgical clinic puts undue strain on women’s health facilities.
Please vote no on this bill and protect the rights of the women of your state.
[Your Name Here]
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