INDIANAPOLIS – On Tuesday, Assistant Democrat Leader Jean D. Breaux (D-Indianapolis) released the following statement after the passage of a controversial abortion proposal that would require parental consent of a minor seeking an abortion. Senate Bill (SB) 404 was approved by the Senate by a vote of 36-13 and will now move to the House of Representatives for further consideration. 

“These measures are extreme, even for Indiana. This proposal is just another instance of the Republican supermajority infringing on the constitutional right for Hoosier women to make their own reproductive health decisions.

“This bill is deeply flawed and simply goes too far by affecting the reproductive health decisions of our most vulnerable, young women while simultaneously opening the State of Indiana up to yet another costly lawsuit.

“The fact of the matter remains: Roe v. Wade is the law of the land. Women in Indiana have the right to make reproductive health decisions with their families and with their doctors. This policy would expand that decision-making process to lawyers, judges and potentially estranged family members, and that is wrong.

“The policies we should really be considering to prevent unwanted pregnancies is scientifically accurate sex education and access to safe, legal birth control options. Instead, we are constantly passing unconstitutional laws that are challenged in court and eventually struck down.

“Hoosier taxpayers who foot the bill for these legal challenges deserve better. Hoosier women deserve better, and they should not be dictated to about their health decisions by the Indiana legislature made up predominantly of men.”