I received a "heads up" from Nuvo's Laura McPhee along with her permission to share excerpts of her news story that will appear in this week's Nuvo.
The draft of the article is titled "The Crime of 'Unauthorized Reproduction' --
New law will require marriage as a legal condition of motherhood"
Yes, you read that right. State Senator Pat Miller has proposed making it a crime for unmarried woman to become pregnant through artificial insemination. Here is an excerpt from Laura's upcoming article:
According to a draft of the recommended change in state law, every woman in Indiana seeking to become a mother through assisted reproduction therapy such as in vitro fertilization, sperm donation, and egg donation, must first file for a "petition for parentage" in their local county probate court.
Only women who are married will be considered for the "gestational certificate" that must be presented to any doctor who facilitates the pregnancy. Further, the "gestational certificate" will only be given to married couples that successfully complete the same screening process currently required by law of adoptive parents.
As the draft of the new law reads now, an intended parent "who knowingly or willingly participates in an artificial reproduction procedure" without court approval, "commits unauthorized reproduction, a Class B misdemeanor." The criminal charges will be the same for physicians who commit "unauthorized practice of artificial reproduction."
I'm not making this up. Senator Miller told Laura "we did want to address the issue of whether or not the law should allow single people to be parents. Studies have shown that a child raised by both parents - a mother and a father - do better. So, we do want to have laws that protect the children."
UPDATE 10-7-05: As this story is getting hundreds of hits a day, I thought I'd also share with our visitors some of the newer posts that addresses the "Unauthorized Reproduction" bill. --bilerico
09-30: The original breaking of the story on the internet/media
An Evening with Indiana's Finest by Randy Studt
10-03:The first post to closely examine the issue and a leak of an early Nuvo story.
State Senator Miller Attacks Reproductive Rights by Jeff Newman
10-04: Links to other sources now picking up the story
Pat Miller gets around by Bil Browning
10-05: Analysis and strategy suggestions. One of our other most popular (linked to/visited) posts on the subject.
Indiana as Fundamentalist Dystopia or Patricia Miller's Real Life Handmaid's Tale -- Expanded Hoosier Strategy Version by Marla R. Stevens
10-05: Link and synopsis of another important analysis of the subject
Cognitive Dissonance Resolved by Marla R. Stevens
10-05: Link to the Hoosier GLBT organization taking the lead on killing this bill
You Need To Do This by Bil Browning
10-05: Miller withdraws bill from committee
Unauthorized Reproduction Bill is DOA by Bil Browning
10-07: Link and synopsis of Matthew Tulley column warning that the bill isn't dead
Ding! Dong! This Witch is Still Alive! by Bil Browning
10-07: Link and synopsis of Indianapolis Star editorial
Indy Star on Unauthorized Reproduction Bill by Bil Browning
10-07:Air America picks up the story
Nuvo on Air America by Jeff Newman