Tuesday, October 04, 2005


Calling All Hoosiers! Calling All Hoosiers! Idiot Legislator Alert!

From Indiana Green at DailyKos:

ALERT: Unauthorized Reproduction bill by IndianaGreen

Mon Oct 3rd, 2005 at 18:35:54 PDT

We just got a heads up about an upcoming article in the Indianapolis magazine NUVO from the author of the as yet unpublished article.

A draft of the legislation which, among other things, bars unmarried people from having children by articifial means is here:


The Crime of "Unauthorized Reproduction"
New law will require marriage as a legal condition of motherhood

By Laura McPhee

Republican lawmakers are drafting new legislation that will make marriage a requirement for motherhood in the state of Indiana, including specific criminal penalties for unmarried women who do become pregnant "by means other than sexual intercourse."

According to a draft of the recommended change in state law, every woman in Indiana seeking to become a mother through assisted reproduction therapy such as in vitro fertilization, sperm donation, and egg donation, must first file for a "petition for parentage" in their local county probate court.

Only women who are married will be considered for the "gestational certificate" that must be presented to any doctor who facilitates the pregnancy. Further, the "gestational certificate" will only be given to married couples that successfully complete the same screening process currently required by law of adoptive parents.

As it the draft of the new law reads now, an intended parent "who knowingly or willingly participates in an artificial reproduction procedure" without court approval, "commits unauthorized reproduction, a Class B misdemeanor." The criminal charges will be the same for physicians who commit "unauthorized practice of artificial reproduction."

A draft of the legislation is available on the Indiana Health Finance Commission website. The next meeting of the Health Finance Commission will be held at the Statehouse on October 20, 2005 at 10 am in Senate Chambers and is open to the public.

To express your opposition to this extremely stupid bill, contact members of the Health Finance Commission by telephone or email (area code 317):

Sen. Patricia Miller (R) 232-9489 s32@... Sen. Gregory Server (R) 232-9490 s50@... Sen. Gary Dillon (R) 232-9808 s17@... Sen. Beverly Gard (R) 232-9493 s28@... Sen. Ryan Mishler (R) 233-0930 s9@... Sen. Connie Lawson (R) 232-9984 s24@... Sen. Marvin Riegsecker (R) 232-9488 s12@... Sen. Billie Breaux (D) 232-9849 s34@... Sen. Vi Simpson (D) 232-9849 s40@... Sen. Connie Sipes (D) 232-9526 s46@... Sen. Timothy Skinner (D) 232-9523 s38@... Rep. Vaneta Becker (R) 232-9769 h78@... Rep. Robert Behning (R) 232-9981 h91@... Rep. Timothy Brown (R) 234-3825 h41@... Rep. Mary Kay Budak(R) 232-9641 h20@... Rep. David Frizzell (R) 232-9981 h93@... Rep. Donald Lehe (R) 232-9648 h15@... Rep. Richard Dodge (R) 232-9729 h51@... Rep. Charlie Brown (D) 232-9676 h3@... Rep. David Orentlicher (D) 232-9991 h86@... Rep. Craig Fry (D) 232-9994 h5@... Rep. Carolene Mays (D) 232-0243 h94@... Rep. Scott Reske (D) 232-9695 h37@...

I hope Jon Stewart is a Hoosier.

I think he'd have a lot of fun with this.
David Letterman is. I know he would have some fun with this, especially as a possible Top Ten list candidate.
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