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Indiana Representative Claims Women Will Fake Rape or Incest to Get an Abortion

According to Indiana Rep. Eric Turner, women are conniving and will lie to their insurance companies that they were sexually assaulted in order to get an abortion. This week, the Indiana House considered a bill that will ban all private insurance coverage of abortion in any exchange that will be established pursuant to the health care law. When confronted with an amendment that would permit insurers to offer abortion coverage to women who became pregnant as the result of rape or incest, Rep. Turner said:

"I just want you to think about this, in my view, giant loophole that could be created where someone who could — now I want to be careful, I don't want to disparage in any way someone who has gone through the experience of a rape or incest — but someone who is desirous of an abortion could simply say that they've been raped or there's incest."

Thankfully, Rep. Linda Lawson — who spent six years as a sex crime investigator for the Indiana police — stood up to Rep. Turner and forcefully exclaimed that "Women don’t make this up! My Goodness! This is the state of Indiana!"

Unfortunately, the amendment was defeated and the House passed the bill. It is expected that the bill will become law, which will result in Indiana women having to pay high out-of-pocket costs for abortions, even if the procedure is necessary to save their life or the pregnancy is the result of rape or incest. To learn more about how bans on insurance coverage of abortion endanger women's health and take away benefits they currently have, check out our factsheet here.

In no other realm would a politician even consider calling into question the honesty and motives of 50% of his constituency. Yet when it comes to abortion, anti-choice politicians publicly state that they distrust women and pass paternalistic laws that prevent women from making choices about their own bodies. We will continue to carefully monitor these bills and encourage you to check back to keep abreast of developments.

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