Wednesday, October 05, 2005

Scared Yet? Because I Am

Actually, stuff like this make me feel like crying. I'd say more but I am already going to be late to teach my class.

Indiana bill would limit reproduction procedures for gays, singles

Panel to make recommendation to Legislature on Oct. 20


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


Anonymous Anonymous said...

It's soo fucked up. I don't understand how they can honestly believe this crap. When will they shut up and find something new to obsess about?

12:31 PM  
Anonymous Wavery said...

Saw your comment over at A little pregnant.

I feel for you and hope the g & l community gets wind of this and actively objects to such horrific treatment.

2:39 PM  
Anonymous pixi said...

The comment you left on Julie's site tore at my heart. I can only imagine how hurtful that sort of thing must be.

Just know that there are many here who will be cheering when you announce that the ART worked, and you are on your way to mommyhood.

3:02 PM  
Blogger Trista said...

Oh shit! As soon as some dumb-ass politician or lobbyest here in Utah sees this, we'll have this on our plate come the January session. Esp since that's the way our adoption laws read "it is in the state's interest that all children be raised in two parent homes. Therefore, no unmarried, co-habitating adults may adopt a child." They'll be all over this shit.

3:10 PM  
Blogger Corrine said...

Hi. I too read your comment of A Little Pregnant and just wanted to say, I don't understand it either.

3:58 PM  
Anonymous Jenn said...

I just got done reading all your archives. I hope this bill never makes it into law and that you and Partner's cycle is successful.

6:16 PM  
Blogger Soul Searching said...

This just makes me sick.

11:08 PM  
Anonymous Erica said...

Hi, I saw your comment at Julie's blog.

Just what in the hell do these people think they're "fixing" with legislation like this? What is broken that needs fixing? NOTHING!

Sen. Miller and people like her are the abnormal ones, the distorted ones, the ones ruining society with their hatred and bigotry.

You, my dear, and your lovely partner, should be left alone to do whatevery it is you want to do.

I'm not that eloquent, but I am enraged at this piece of crap legislation (which was killed, btw, I heard) and others like it. I just wanted to come and support you - and I will fight for gay & lesbian rights even though I'm a hetero married woman. I'm so sorry you have to suffer this indignity.

Good luck with your IVF cycle, there will be many, many more people rooting you on than you know!


8:41 AM  
Blogger frog said...

The bill's been pulled. :)

9:23 AM  

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