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Hoosier legislators want to quash lesbian pregnancies

[UPDATE: I have a copy of the bill here.]

Indiana wingnuts want the state to control the use of the womb. WTF is this — the legislature is considering a bill that would prohibit the use of medical science to conceive a child. This outrage of unhinged homophobia, which would obviously affect gay and lesbian couples, also catches single het women in the net.

Here are the incredible AmTaliban parts of this draft legislation (from the Ft. Wayne Journal-Gazette); this is sick:

* It 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.

* The bill requires “intended parents” to be married to each other.

* it specifically says an unmarried person may not be an intended parent.

* A doctor can’t begin an assisted reproduction technology procedure that may result in a child’s being born until the intended parents of the child have received a certificate of satisfactory completion of an assessment required under the bill.

What is the assessment, you ask? Requirements are modeled after Indiana’s adoption laws. Info required from the prospective parents include:
— the fertility history of the parents
— education and employment information
— hobbies and personality descriptions
— verification of marital status
— child care plans
— letter of reference
— criminal history checks.
— a description of the “family lifestyle,” including whether there is participation in faith-based or church activities.

“If we’re going to try to put Indiana on the map, I wouldn’t go this route,” said Betty Cockrum, president and CEO of Planned Parenthood of Indiana. “It feels pretty chilling. It is governmental intrusion into a very private part of our lives.”

But Sen. Pat Miller, R-Indianapolis, said Indiana law currently has no regulations regarding assisted reproduction and should have similar requirements to adoption in Indiana. “Needless to say it’s going to be enormously controversial and difficult,” she said. “Our statutes are nearly silent on all this. You can think of guidelines, but when you put it on paper it becomes different.”

Miller chairs the Health Finance Commission – a panel of lawmakers that will vote Oct. 20 on whether to recommend the legislation to the full General Assembly. A “no” vote doesn’t preclude it from being offered in the 2006 legislative short session, which starts in January. A “yes” vote does not ensure its passage.

Shakes Sis, what the hell is going on in your state legislature?!

Thanks to Val for the pointer.

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