Local lawmakers react to proposed abortion bill


INDIANA (WEHT)– An Indiana legislator is trying to pass a law that would ban abortion in the state. The first reading of the protection of life bill took place Thursday. Thing a couple of lawmakers have said is, this bill has been discussed in the past. While those legislators may have differing opinions on the bill many say they don’t see it going far.

Some state lawmakers have a bill that could bring an end to abortion in the Hoosier state. Some who represent citizens downstate tell me this isn’t something they can support.

“We need to talk about the truth about the bill which is it’s been found in state after state to be unconstitutional,” Ryan Hatfield says.

And unconstitutional is the same way Hannah Brass Greer with Planned Parenthood of Indiana and Kentucky explains it.

“Generally this House Bill 1089 is an illegal bill that decimates abortion rights in Indiana or would decimate abortion rights in Indiana,” Hannah Brass Greer explains.

The “protection of life” bill was filed by Republican state representative Curt Nisly. It repeals the statutes that authorize and regulate abortion. It also defines physical human life as when a female egg becomes fertilized.

State Senator Jim Tomes says this might be a clarification of the state needs.

“It seems maybe some people are a little cloudy about a baby and when it becomes a human. It becomes a human at the very beginning,” Tomes explains.

And he thinks it’s important to protect their rights.

“What we need more of in Indiana and in this country is the protection of life. As our declaration of independence states– life liberty and the pursuit of happiness. I think that extends to little babies including unborn babies.”

But State Representative Ryan Hatfield says this bill is not the way to make change.

“There’s a lot of folks who are very interested in this issue who are sincere and their efforts and want to see something accomplished weather on the right or the left of this issue. I know there’s a lot of folks who want to see movement this spell is not the way to see progress no matter who you are,” Hatfield explains.

Greer says Rowe versus Wade is the case that solidified a woman’s right to an abortion and this bill would erase that precedent.

Representative Ron Bacon says he is very pro-life but he says he cannot support this bill because it would undo the work they’ve done over the last 10 years with Right For Life.

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(This story was originally published on January 17, 2020)

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