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Abortion Bill Amended

A Senate committee changed certain provisions in a controversial informed consent for abortions bill Wednesday.

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The bill will no longer require doctors to tell patients an abortion could increase the risk of breast cancer.

A Senate committee changed certain provisions in a controversial informed consent for abortions bill Wednesday.

The bill previously required doctors to inform women seeking an abortion it could create an increased risk of breast cancer. Indianapolis Senator Pat Miller, the amendment’s author, said she received evidence from a number of people, including several oncologists, giving her pause when considering the specific provision of the bill.

“So because there was conflicting information on that issue, we decided to take it out,” said Miller.

Miller’s amendment also removed the breast and cervical cancer screening money from the bill because of its fiscal impact. Ellettsville Senator Vi Simpson said she understands taking the money out and applauds removing the breast cancer risk language, but still has issues with the bill.

“Well,” she said, “it still has a requirement in it to tell women that abortions cause infertility, which there’s no documentation that that is the case.”

And Simpson said she believes the portion of the bill identifying 20 weeks as the date of viability is in direct contradiction to Roe v. Wade, and thinks the bill, if passed, will be challenged in court.

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