Update: It is unclear with this poorly written bill requires straight, married couples to undergo a homestudy prior to ART if they don't use donor gametes. The bill contradicts itself in many areas. But even if the homestudy requirement can be set aside for some, it does not lessen the outrageousness of this attempt to legislate state control of your private parts. Please continue to spread the word!
Holy Shit. We must stop this.
Did you know that Republicans have put a bill in committee before the Indiana General Assembly requiring that any woman who wants to partake in any kind of ART (Assisted Reproduction) procedure -- IVF, donor sperm, donor egg, IUI -- be married???? (Full bill text here.)
And that, married or not, prior to undergoing any kind of ART procedure, you'd have to first be approved to do so by your local probate court?
And to get this approval, you'd have to complete an entire domestic adoption homestudy? It would no doubt take at least 6-18 months to complete, would only be good for 2 years, and would cost a pretty penny. See the bottom of this post for the extensive list of documentation you will need to gather so that some social worker can evaluate you and decide whether you're fit to go through ART.
This bill contains even more anti-ART atrocities:
- Egg donors could not be compensated
- Using a gestational carrier would be illegal unless you proved to the court that your uterus is fucked up beyond the shadow of a doubt.
- It'd be illegal to use a gestational carrier who has not been pregnant before. So even if childfree your sister offers, forget it.
And if you do not obey, well, that's a Class B misdemeanor!
Those are the facts. Now my commentary.
This is outrageous. They are putting up impediments to couples receiving medical treatment for their medical problems. For what other medical condition do you need court approval to receive the standard-of-care treatment? You know that it will take 6-18 months for all this paperwork to be completed and approved. All while your medical condition is getting worse every day, as your biological clock runs out.
The complete lack of respect for your privacy is shocking. That they would require that you list your entire pregnancy history, your reaction to any pregnancy losses, the details of what is and is not wrong with your private parts, before a COURT decides whether you are eligible for medical treatment for your medical condition.
And don't get me started on the obvious anti-gay, anti-single agenda of this bill. Bigotry enshrined.
At this point, there should be no doubt in anyone's mind that there is a Battle Royale on for control of every American woman's uterus. The Republicans think that we feeble-minded women are not able to make our own decisions as to whether we can or should bear children. Please help stop them.
We must band together and stop this now. Please spread the word - post something to your blog, email your friends. Everyone, write to the members of the Indiana Health Finance Commission. Let them know your story. Their phone numbers and addresses are listed below.
Also, if you live in Indiana, 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.
- Sen. Patricia Miller (R) (317) 232-9489 firstname.lastname@example.org (the author of this bill)
- Sen. Gregory Server (R) (317) 232-9490 email@example.com
- Sen. Gary Dillon (R) (317) 232-9808 firstname.lastname@example.org
- Sen. Beverly Gard (R) (317) 232-9493 email@example.com
- Sen. Ryan Mishler (R) (317) 233-0930 firstname.lastname@example.org
- Sen. Connie Lawson (R) (317) 232-9984 email@example.com
- Sen. Marvin Riegsecker (R) (317) 232-9488 firstname.lastname@example.org
- Sen. Billie Breaux (D) (317) 232-9849 email@example.com
- Sen. Vi Simpson (D) (317) 232-9849 firstname.lastname@example.org
- Sen. Connie Sipes (D) (317) 232-9526 email@example.com
- Sen. Timothy Skinner (D) (317) 232-9523 firstname.lastname@example.org
- Rep. Vaneta Becker (R) (317) 232-9769 email@example.com
- Rep. Robert Behning (R) (317) 232-9981 firstname.lastname@example.org
- Rep. Timothy Brown (R) (317) 234-3825 email@example.com
- Rep.Mary Kay Budak(R) (317) 232-9641 firstname.lastname@example.org
- Rep. Da vid Frizzell (R) (317) 232-9981 email@example.com
- Rep. Donald Lehe (R) (317) 232-9648 firstname.lastname@example.org
- Rep. Richard Dodge (R) (317) 232-9729 email@example.com
- Rep. Charlie Brown (D) (317) 232-9676 firstname.lastname@example.org
- Rep. David Orentlicher (D) (317) 232-9991 email@example.com
- Rep. Craig Fry (D) (317) 232-9994 firstname.lastname@example.org
- Rep. Carolene Mays (D) (317) 232-0243 email@example.com
- Rep. Scott Reske (D) (317) 232-9695 firstname.lastname@example.org
Homestudy requirements, before you can petition the court for ART:
- The intended parents' purpose for the assisted reproduction.
- The fertility history of the intended parents, including the pregnancy history and response to pregnancy losses of the woman.
- An acknowledgment by the intended parents that the child may not be the biological child of at least one of the intended parents depending on the type of artificial reproduction procedure used.
- A list of the intended parents' family and friend support system.
- A plan for sharing any known genetic information with the child.
- Personal information about each intended parent, including the following:
- (A) Family of origin.
- (B) Values.
- (C) Relationships.
- (D) Education.
- (E) Employment and income.
- (F) Hobbies and talents.
- (G) Physical description, including the general health of the individual.
- (H) Birth verification.
- (I) Personality description, including the strengths and weaknesses of each intended parent.
- Description of any children residing in the intended parents' home.
- A verification and evaluation of the intended parents' marital relationship, including:
- (A) the shared values and interests between the individuals;
- (B) the manner in which conflict between the individuals is resolved; and
- (C) a history of the intended parents' relationship.
- Documentation of the dissolution of any prior marriage and an assessment of the impact of the prior marriage on the intended parents' relationship.
- A description of the family lifestyle of the intended parents, include a description of individual participation in faith-based or church activities, hobbies, and other interests.
- The intended parents' child rearing expectations and values.
- A description of the home and community, including verification of the safety and security of the home.
- Child care plans.
- Statement of the assets, liabilities, investments, and ability of the intended parents to manage finances, including the most recently filed tax forms.
- A review of the local police records, the state and violent offender directory, and a criminal history check.
- A letter of reference by a friend or family member.
- A written consent from each donor, if known, to use of the donation in the assisted reproduction medical procedure.
- The [homestudy agency's] recommendation for participation in assisted reproduction.