The "abortion information" bill was approved by the Indiana Senate 39-9, but some changes were made. It was going to say that women considering an abortion must be told that a fetus feels pain. But now:
Women seeking an abortion would be told that there is differing medical evidence about whether a fetus feels pain under legislation approved by the Senate 39-9 today.
How is that going to help anybody make up her mind? Might feel pain. Might not. Gosh, I think I already knew that. The bill was also going to say that life begins at conception, but lawmakers thought that definition might be used to define when life begins in other areas of the law. So now:
Under the bill passed today, women would be told that “an embryo formed by the fertilization of a human ovum by a human sperm immediately begins to divide and grow as human physical life.”
That somehow manages to state the obvious and say nothing at the same time. The senators may think they are making an important statement about the importance of life, but they are just cluttering up the law with nonsense. (The bill, it should be noted, also requires women to be told, appropriately, that there are physical risks to getting an abortion and that adoptive parents might be found who can cover the costs of birth. So at least it's not total nonsense.)
Now that the lawmakers are done playing doctor, can they go back to being senators?