Step away from the turkey baster and no one gets hurt…
An interim legislative committee is considering a bill that would prohibit gays, lesbians and single people in Indiana from using medical science to assist them in having a child.
Sen. Patricia Miller (R-Indianapolis) said state law does not have regulations on assisted reproduction and should have similar requirements to adoption in Indiana.
Miller acknowledged that the legislation would be “enormously controversial.”
“Our statutes are nearly silent on all this. You can think of guidelines, but when you put it on paper it becomes different,” she told The Journal Gazette of Fort Wayne for a story Tuesday.
Miller is chairwoman of the Health Finance Commission, a panel of lawmakers that will vote Oct. 20 on whether to recommend the legislation to the full General Assembly.
The bill defines assisted reproduction as causing pregnancy by means other than sexual intercourse, including intrauterine insemination, donation of an egg, donation of an embryo, in vitro fertilization and transfer of an embryo, and sperm injection.
It then requires “intended parents” to be married to each other and says an unmarried person may not be an intended parent.
A doctor cannot begin an assisted reproduction technology procedure that may result in a child being born until the intended parents have received a certificate of satisfactory completion of an assessment required under the bill. The assessment is similar to what is required for infant adoption and would be conducted by a licensed child placing agency in Indiana.
The required information includes the fertility history of the parents, education and employment information, personality descriptions, verification of marital status, child care plans and criminal history checks. Description of the family lifestyle of the intended parents also is required, including participation in faith-based or church activities.
Which would mean that these ladies would be denied a child while the Duggar family (pictured above) would be considered acceptable.
I don’t want to live in that world.
(Added): I see that Amanda and I were on that same turkey baster wavelength.