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lofter1
October 4th, 2005, 11:20 PM
Another example that the neo-cons are really all about getting into your bedroom -- and in this case somewhere a bit more personal than that -- and telling you what you can't do...


Indiana bill would limit reproduction procedures for gays, singles


Panel to make recommendation to Legislature on Oct. 20

INDIANAPOLIS (AP) | Oct 4, 4:18 PM

http://www.southernvoice.com/thelatest/thelatest.cfm?blog_id=2752


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 (http://www.ai.org/legislative/senate_republicans/homepages/s32/index.html) (R-Indianapolis) said state law does not have regulations on assisted reproduction and should have similar requirements to adoption in Indiana.

"If were 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."

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.

http://www.washblade.com/thelatest/images/miller,patricia-large.jpg

State Sen. Patricia Miller acknowledged
that the legislation before her panel
would be 'enormously controversial.'


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.

The legislation appears to affect some married couples, although the rough draft is unclear at times. Miller said the draft will be clarified before a vote.

The bill does not apply to assisted reproduction in which the child is the genetic child of both of the intended parents, for example, the sperm is from the father and the egg is from the mother. But married couples that need one or the other would still have to go through an assessment process and establish parentage in a court.

Ken Falk, legal director for the Indiana Civil Liberties Union, said his office began hearing about the bill Friday, a day after the rough draft was discussed by the Health Finance Commission.

He said it sets up a clear discrimination that would be difficult to uphold in court, and considers the bill to be unique nationally.

"My question is 'What is the danger that we are legislating against?' Are we saying that only married persons should be able to be parents, which is certainly a slap in the face to many same-sex couples but also to many who do not have a partner but have undertaken being a parent," Falk said.

Miller said the state often reacted to problems and that she wanted to be proactive on this issue.

"We're not trying to stop people from having kids; we're just trying to find some guidelines," she said.

She acknowledged such a law would bar single people from using methods other than sexual intercourse but said "all the studies indicate the best environment for a child is to have a two-parent family — a mother and a father."

Ninjahedge
October 5th, 2005, 09:27 AM
All the studies, that's a good one.

Maybe they should require a financial check for assisted parenthood? That no matter who was having the kid, that they would be able to afford raising them without further aid from the state?

Or maybe a psyche exam, although that would be hard to warrant and would be extremely subjective.

But putting in that married clause is a deliberate one stone, two birds thing for them. They are targeting certain groups.

lofter1
October 7th, 2005, 08:45 AM
Some good news ...

Bill to limit reproduction options for gays, singles dropped

Sponsor: Issue became 'more complex than anticipated'

INDIANAPOLIS (AP)
Oct 7, 12:01 AM

http://www.nyblade.com/thelatest/thelatest.cfm?blog_id=2809


A proposed bill that would prohibit gays, lesbians and single people in Indiana from using medical science to assist them in having a child has been dropped by its legislative sponsor.

State Sen. Patricia Miller, R-Indianapolis, issued a one-sentence statement Wednesday about her decision to drop the proposal.

"The issue has become more complex than anticipated and will be withdrawn from consideration by the Health Finance Commission," she said.


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"More complex"? Yeah, like unconstitutional for starters ...