the possibility of increased risk of breast cancer following an induced abortion and the natural protective effect of a completed pregnancy in avoiding breast cancer.Small (where "small" is really "ENORMOUS") problem with that being:
[S]cientific research studies have not found a cause-and-effect relationship between abortion and breast cancer.And:
* Breast cancer risk is increased for a short time after a full-term pregnancy (that is, a pregnancy that results in the birth of a living child).But what would they know, right? They're just The American Cancer Society".
* Induced abortion is not linked to an increase in breast cancer risk.
* Spontaneous abortion is not linked to an increase in breast cancer risk.
The level of scientific evidence for these findings was considered to be "well established" (the highest level).
The American College of Obstetricians and Gynecologists (ACOG) Committee on Gynecologic Practice also reviewed the available evidence in 2003 and again in 2009. ACOG published its most recent findings in June 2009. At that time, the Committee said, "Early studies of the relationship between prior induced abortion and breast cancer risk were methodologically flawed. More rigorous recent studies demonstrate no causal relationship between induced abortion and a subsequent increase in breast cancer risk."
This bill has a lot of reprehensible, galling horseshit in it. Check it out, all stikeouts and bold are theirs, not mine:
(1) At least eighteen (18) hours before the abortion and in the presence of the pregnant woman, the physician who is to perform the abortion, the referring physician or a physician assistant (as defined in IC 25-27.5-2-10), an advanced practice nurse (as defined in IC 25-23-1-1(b)), or a midwife (as defined in IC 34-18-2-19) to whom the responsibility has been delegated by the physician who is to perform the abortion or the referring physician hasFirst, what other out-patient medical procedure requires the physician to give a patient his or her "medical license number and an emergency telephone number where the physician or the physician's designee may be contacted on a twenty-four (24) hour a day, seven days a week"? Uh, none.
orallyinformed the pregnant woman orally and in writing of the following:
(A) The name of the physician performing the abortion, the physician's medical license number, and an emergency telephone number where the physician or the physician's designee may be contacted on a twenty-four (24) hour a day, seven (7) day a week basis.
(B) That follow-up care by the physician or the physician's designee is available on an appropriate and timely basis when clinically necessary.
(B)(C) The nature of the proposed procedure. or treatment.
(C)(D) The risks of and alternatives to the procedure, or treatment.including:
(i) the risk of infection and hemorrhage;
(ii) the potential danger to a subsequent pregnancy;
(iii) the potential danger of infertility; and
(iv) the possibility of increased risk of breast cancer following an induced abortion and the natural protective effect of a completed pregnancy in avoiding breast cancer.
(E) That human physical life begins when a human ovum is fertilized by a human sperm.
(D)(F) The probable gestational age of the fetus at the time the abortion is to be performed, including: an offer to provide:
(i) a picture or drawing of a fetus;
(ii) the dimensions of a fetus; and
(iii) relevant information on the potential survival of an unborn fetus;
at this stage of development.
(G) That medical evidence shows that a fetus can feel pain at or before twenty (20) weeks of postfertilization age.
(2) At least eighteen (18) hours before the abortion, the pregnant woman will be
orallyinformed orally and in writing of the following:
(A) That medical assistance benefits may be available for prenatal care, childbirth, and neonatal care from the county office of the division of family resources.
(B) That the father of the unborn fetus is legally required to assist in the support of the child. In the case of rape, the information required under this clause may be omitted.
(C) That adoption alternatives are available and that adoptive parents may legally pay the costs of prenatal care, childbirth, and neonatal care.
(D) That there are physical risks to the pregnant woman in having an abortion, both during the abortion procedure and after.
(E) That Indiana has enacted the safe haven law under IC 31-34-2.5.
(F) That materials developed by the state department in section 1.5 of this chapter:
(i) will be provided to the pregnant woman by the physician providing the abortion as a hard copy;
(ii) are available on the state department's Internet web site;
(iii) provide scientific information about the unborn child; and
(iv) list agencies in the area that offer alternatives to abortion, including agencies that offer alternatives to abortion at no cost to the pregnant woman.
(3) The pregnant woman certifies in writing, before the abortion is performed, that:
(A) the information required by subdivisions (1) and (2) has been provided to the pregnant woman;
(B) the pregnant woman has been offered the opportunity
to view the fetal ultrasound imaging and hear the auscultation of the fetal heart tone if the fetal heart tone is audible and that the woman has:
(i) viewed or refused to view the offered fetal ultrasound imaging; and
(ii) listened to or refused to listen to the offered auscultation of the fetal heart tone if the fetal heart tone is audible; and
(C) the pregnant woman has been given a written copy of the printed materials described in section 1.5 of this chapter.
(b) Before an abortion is performed, the pregnant woman
may, upon the pregnant woman's request, shall view the fetal ultrasound imaging and hear the auscultation of the fetal heart tone if the fetal heart tone is audible unless the pregnant woman certifies in writing, before the abortion is performed, that the pregnant woman does not want to view the fetal ultrasound imaging.
Also, this edit really sums it up about how they view women:
... the pregnant woman
may, upon the pregnant woman's request, shall ...