Indiana: Don't Force Doctors to Lie About Women's Health

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  • recipient: Indiana Legislators and Indiana Governor Mitch Daniels
Indiana has hit a new low in the right's attacks on women's reproductive rights. A provision of House Bill 1210 would actually require doctors to tell pregnant women that abortion could increase their risk for breast cancer -- no matter the science.

The abortion/breast cancer connection is controversial at best. Health organizations have refuted the theory. In fact, researchers have found that breast cancer risk increases temporarily when a pregnancy is carried to a full term.

Beyond that, the bill would ban abortion after 20 weeks, force women to view an ultrasound unless they submit a written refusal and targets Planned Parenthood by outlawing state funding for organizations that perform abortions or maintains facilities where women can get abortions.

Mandating the spread of misinformation is irresponsible and reprehensible. Indiana's women deserve accurate information and real reproductive choice. Tell Indiana lawmakers to oppose all bills that attack women's health rights.
Dear [Decision Maker],

House Bill 1210 is a new low in attacks on women's reproductive rights. In addition to a host of anti-choice provisions, it actually requires doctors to spread misinformation to their patients about the connection between breast cancer and abortion.

Health organizations have rejected the theory that abortion increases a woman's risk of breast cancer. In fact, studies show that the risk increases when a pregnancy is carried to full term.

The idea that legislators -- not scientists or doctors -- should dictate what is scientifically true and what conversations should occur between a woman and her doctor is ludicrous. The fact that the Indiana politicians would substitute their personal ideological in place of actual science is completely reprehensible.

Please oppose House Bill 1210 and any efforts to put politicians between doctors and women in order to limit a woman's right to make decisions about her own body.
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