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March 15, 2013

Transvaginal ultrasound transducer for the masses

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But that's a decision she makes, and not her government.

This legislation is now headed to the Indiana House where freshman Republican Rep. Sharon Negele, R-Attica, will be the sponsor. That's a brilliant tactical move by the pro-life movement. Have a woman sponsor the bill.

I write because this is a situation every Hoosier should spend some time pondering. What are the limits of government when it comes to life and what happens to your body?

As a young man, I considered myself "pro-choice," but after the birth of my first son I went through a personal transformation into a pro-life realm. But this is still tempered by the reality that if abortion is outlawed, the industry will simply move underground and into the black economy. The Republican Party I grew up in wanted government out of our lives, our bedrooms, and our bodies.

The dilemma facing the pro-life movement is that it is unlikely that Roe v. Wade will be overturned in the foreseeable future. Given the political realities, the movement's tactics have moved into what Curt Smith of the Indiana Family Institute openly acknowledges as "pushing the envelope."

"The courts have constricted the last step," Smith said. "Clearly technology is showing us there's life in the womb. There's a capacity to see the baby, the fetus, in great detail. It's alive, it's smiling, its heart is beating. We are doing surgeries on babies in the womb. And we are aborting babies in the womb."

Of Sen. Holdman and others who are pushing the envelope, Smith added praise. "I'm very proud of our legislators. They are testing the limits," he said.

Thus, we have the potential for government to be ordering procedures on someone seeking a legal abortion. Some might consider them to be high-tech guilt trips with no medical value.

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