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Indiana, Unwed Mothers And Artificial Insemination

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This is sure to make Indiana part of the “Are You Serious?” newscycle this week.

Republican lawmakers are drafting new legislation that will make marriage a requirement for motherhood in the state of Indiana, including specific criminal penalties for unmarried women who do become pregnant “by means other than sexual intercourse.”

According to a draft of the recommended change in state law, every woman in Indiana seeking to become a mother throu gh 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.

Republican Senator Patricia Miller is sponsoring the bill. Begin justification…

Sen. Miller believes the requirement of marriage for parenting is for the benefit of the children that result from infertility treatments.

“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,” she explained.

When asked specifically if she believes marriage should be a requirement for motherhood, and if that is part of the bill’s intention, Sen. Miller responded, “Yes. Yes, I do.”

Personally, I think two parents are usually better than one, but the type of social engineering this bill suggests is laughable and I hope the nation laughs along with me at these legislators’ myopia.

(HT: Pandagon)