A Republican Indiana lawmaker is already getting the wheels in motion to ban and criminalize abortion.
On Wednesday Republican Indiana State Representative Curt Nisly said that he will be filing what he is calling “Protection at Conception” legislation when the General Assembly goes back into session in January.
Under this new legislation, all abortions would be banned and criminalized. That means that, along with the doctors, women who have abortions would be prosecuted.
“You would treat the death of an unborn child like you would any other human being.”
Of course, this new law would be completely unconstitutional. The 1973 Roe v. Wade ruling by the Supreme Court, along with subsequent rulings, ensures a woman’s legal right to choose. But that’s not stopping Republicans from proposing new anti-abortion legislation that they know will surely end up in a court battle.
Throughout his campaign, Donald Trump promised that he would name judges to the SCOTUS who would overturn Roe. And now Republicans are trying to set the wheels into motion to make a direct attack on federal law that they want to end up before a Conservative court.
The Indiana Republican said,
“My position is that the Supreme Court is wrong with Roe v. Wade and they don’t have jurisdiction in this manner. This is the state of Indiana asserting the powers that are given to them, specifically in the 9th and 10th Amendments of the U.S. Constitution. The idea here is always, always try to save the baby.”
“Indiana has been at the center of the abortion debate since Pence signed a measure into law in March that made Indiana’s abortion regulations some of the strictest in the nation. The new law restricts abortions based solely on fetal disability or gender and requires burial or cremation of fetal remains from an abortion or miscarriage.
A federal judge has since suspended the law from going into effect, saying it would likely be found unconstitutional.”
Only time will tell if legislation like this will pass a new Supreme Court. But this is definitely not a good sign.