Indiana Sex-Selective and Disability Abortion Ban (SB 334)
Last updated: Jan 12, 2015
SB 334 would have prohibited a person from performing or attempting to perform an abortion if the person knows that the pregnant woman is seeking an abortion because of the sex of the fetus or a diagnosis or potential diagnosis of Down Syndrome or any other disability.
The term “any other disability” includes: a mental disability or retardation; a physical disfigurement; Scoliosis; Dwarfism; Down syndrome; Albinism; Amelia; and physical or mental disease.
A violation of the provision would have been a Level 5 felony.
The law would have also amended Indiana’s informed consent law (Indiana Code § 16-34-2-1.1) to require that the physician who is to perform the abortion inform the pregnant woman that Indiana law does not allow a fetus to be aborted solely because of its sex or potential disability diagnosis.
Died in Committee.
Passed the Senate on February 24, 2015.
Similar to HB 1228, except this bill does not contain a parental consent provision.
This bill is similar to HB 1430, which failed to pass in 2013, except that HB 1430 included a race-selection ban (which SB 334 does not) and did not include a disability ban (which SB 334 does.)