QUEST CLUB ESSAY 11-1-68
By: Paul W. Philips
SHOULD INDIANA ABORTION LAWS BE RELAXED
"Whoever prescribes or administers to any pregnant woman, or to
any woman whom he supposes to be pregnant, any drug, medicine or
substance whatever, with intent thereby to procure the miscarriage af
such woman, or, with like intent, uses or suggests, directs or advises
the use of any instrument or means whatever, unless such miscarriage
is necessary to preserve her life, shall, on conviction, if the woman
miscarries or dies in consequence thereof, be fined not less than
$100.00 and no more than $1,000.00 and be imprisoned in the state
prison not less than 3 years nor more than 14 years."
The above quotation is a section of Chapter 16 9 of the Acts of
1905 of this State, and is a part of our so-called Criminal Code.
The next succeeding Section makes it unlawful for a woman to solicit
an induced miscarriage, again except when done by a physician for the
purpose of saving life.
These sections constitute the abortion law of this state. They have
been on the books for 63 years.
Today, the State of Indiana is involved in what appears to be a
nation-wide effort to relax such laws, so as to permit abortion in
substantially less restricted circumstances.
Abortion or miscarriage, is defined as the expulsion of the
fetus at a time so early that it has not yet acquired the power of
sustaining independent life, that is, it is not "viable". Abortion
may be criminal or therapeutic. It may be induced or involuntary.
It is induced miscarriage or abortion with which we are here concerned.
It appears that the move to change abortion laws, most of which
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