A controversial proposed bill to prohibit gays, lesbians and single people from using medical procedures to become pregnant has been dropped by its legislative sponsor.
State Sen. Patricia Miller, R-Indianapolis, issued a one-sentence statement this afternoon saying: â€œThe issue has become more complex than anticipated and will be withdrawn from consideration by the Health Finance Commission.â€
Miller had asked that committee -- a panel of lawmakers who meet when the Indiana General Assembly is not in session to discuss possible legislation -- to recommend the bill to the full legislature when it meets in January.
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. Our most popular post.
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