After a former Planned Parenthood abortion business staffer told lawmakers about what she saw, state legislators in Indiana knew they had to act.
Yesterday, the Indiana House passed a bill, SB 329, regarding the disposal of aborted babies and aborted baby parts. The bill requires the Indiana State Department of Health (ISDH) to adopt clear rules for how abortion facilities shall dispose of fetal remains. The bill passed 79 to 18.
During committee hearings on SB 329, legislators heard from Marianne Anderson, a nurse at Planned Parenthood in Indianapolis, who witnessed aborted baby body parts being dropped down the drain into the sewer system without treating the parts in any way.
Anderson said: “I saw other doctors come into the products of conception room with the dirty instruments in one hand and a jar in the other. In that jar were the pieces of the baby’s body. He would take the contents of that jar, pour it into a big strainer, sift through it to make sure all the parts were there, and then pour it down the drain into the sewer system without treating it in any way.”
She added: “I often heard one doctor talk to the aborted baby while looking for all the parts. It is a customary procedure to make certain there are no baby body parts left inside the mother. He would say ‘Come on, little arm, I know you’re here! Now you stop hiding from me!’ It just made me sick to my stomach.”
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Lawmakers also heard from Cathie Humbarger, Executive Director of Allen County Right to Life, who shared a news account of a baby’s body, estimated between 14-15 weeks gestational age, which was found in the rotating screens of the Fort Wayne water treatment facility.
“Aborted babies’ bodies should not be treated carelessly,” stated Mike Fichter, President and CEO of Indiana Right to Life. “This bill establishes a standard for aborted remains disposal that gives respect to the aborted baby, the pregnant woman and the abortion staff. We heartily thank our legislators for passing this measure and we look forward to Gov. Mike Pence signing it into law.”
SB 329 was authored by Sen. Liz Brown (District 15) and carried by Rep. Chris Judy (District 83) in the Indiana House. SB 329 was also authored by Sens. Amanda Banks (District 17) and Travis Holdman (District 19); and co-authored by Sen. R Michael Young (District 35). Other House sponsors include Reps. Ron Bacon (District 75), Bob Morris (District 84), Martin Carbaugh (District 81)and Dennis Zent (District 51).
SB 329 passed the Senate on Feb. 24 with bipartisan support by a vote of 43-7 and now the measure heads to pro-life Governor Mike Pence.