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Bill Watch, Jan. 25, 2016: Current Health Care & Life Sciences Legislation of Note - Health Care and Life Sciences News

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Posted on: Jan 25, 2016

The IndyBar Legislative Committee is currently monitoring the following health care and life sciences related legislation. IndyBar members can request that the Legislative Committee track specific legislation by contacting committee chair Lawren Mills at Lawren.Mills@icemiller.com.

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HB1084    HEPATITIS C REPORTING. (SHACKLEFORD R) Requires providers to report certain information to the local or state health department concerning a patient who is diagnosed with hepatitis C.

HB1122    ABORTION. (NISLY C) Establishes the interim study committee on adoption promotion and support. Makes certain findings. Requires a physician to determine whether an unborn human individual has a detectable heartbeat before performing or inducing an abortion, except when in a medical emergency. Requires a pregnant woman to certify in writing certain information if a fetal heartbeat is detected. Requires a physician to document certain information in writing if the physician determined that a medical emergency existed and performed or induced an abortion of an unborn human individual with a detectable heartbeat. Prohibits the performance or inducement of an abortion of an unborn human individual with a detectable heartbeat unless the medical procedure is designed or intended to prevent the death of the pregnant woman or a serious risk of the substantial and irreversible impairment of a major bodily function of the pregnant woman. Requires the physician who performed or induced the abortion to maintain specified records in the pregnant woman's medical file. Provides that the following are Level 5 felonies: (1) Performing or inducing an abortion before determining whether the unborn human individual has a detectable heartbeat. (2) The performance or inducement of an abortion after the detection of a fetal heartbeat. Specifies that these provisions may be referred to as the Indiana heartbeat act. Provides for the interpretation and implementation of the Indiana heartbeat act with respect to the issuance of certain court judgments or court orders.

SB313    ABORTION MATTERS. (HOLDMAN T) Requires the state department of health to develop certain information concerning perinatal hospice care. Requires physicians to provide information about perinatal hospice care to a pregnant woman who is considering an abortion because the unborn child has been diagnosed with a lethal fetal anomaly. Requires documentation as a matter of informed consent to an abortion that the pregnant woman received the required information about perinatal hospice care. Provides that the medical indication by diagnosis code for the fetus and the mother must be reported on the pregnancy termination form for an early pre-viability termination. Prohibits a person from performing an abortion if the person knows that the pregnant woman is seeking the abortion solely because of: (1) the race, color, national origin, ancestry, or sex of the fetus; or (2) a diagnosis or potential diagnosis of the fetus having Down syndrome or any other disability. Provides for: (1) disciplinary sanctions; and (2) civil liability for wrongful death and medical malpractice; if a person knowingly or intentionally performs a sex selective abortion or an abortion conducted because of a diagnosis or potential diagnosis of Down syndrome or any other disability. Provides that the performance of an abortion solely because of the race, color, sex, disability, national origin, or ancestry of the fetus or a violation of certain statutes protecting the right of conscience regarding abortion is a discriminatory practice for purposes of the civil rights law. Provides for disciplinary action and the revocation of a physician's license if the physician is found to have performed an abortion in violation of the informed consent procedures relating to a pregnant woman's decision to have an abortion or the woman's decision to continue a pregnancy through perinatal hospice care after the unborn child is diagnosed with a lethal fetal anomaly.

SB314    FETAL TISSUE. (BROWN L) Requires that a pregnant woman be informed before an abortion, orally and in writing, that fetal tissue obtained or collected during the abortion may not be collected for the purposes of providing, selling, or transferring the fetal tissue to another person for a purpose other than disposal of the fetal tissue. Requires the attending physician of an abortion to certify that the physician who performed the abortion did not alter the timing, method, or procedure used to terminate a pregnancy for the purpose of obtaining or collecting fetal tissue. Prohibits a person from altering the timing, method, or procedure used to terminate a pregnancy for the purpose of obtaining or collecting fetal tissue. Defines fetal tissue. Prohibits an individual from acquiring, receiving, selling, or transferring fetal tissue. Makes it a Level 5 felony to unlawfully: (1) transfer; and (2) collect fetal tissue.

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