TERRE HAUTE, Ind. (WTWO/WAWV) — A near-total ban on abortion comes into effect on September 15. The new law prohibits all abortions except in cases of rape, incest and serious risk to the physical health of the mother.
Senator Jon Ford did not respond to our request for an interview or comment, however, he voted against the bill.
Once a statement from Rep. Bob Heaton is received, it will be added to this story.
Representative Alan Morrison provided the following statement,
“As a lifelong advocate for preserving the sanctity of life and supporting the Hoosier families, Indiana’s new law is a tremendous step in the right direction that could save thousands of innocent lives each year. I also supported the investment of approximately $74 million in proven state and nonprofit programs that focus on providing care for new moms, babies, and families in crisis. I look forward to building on this momentum in the next legislative session.
Indiana became one of the first states since the overthrow of Roe v. Wade to pass sweeping abortion legislation.
District 43 State Representative Tonya Pfaff voted no for SB1 citing abortion as a choice.
“It was a tough bill and at the end of the day. It’s not good for women. It’s not good for business, it’s not good for business,” she said. “Religious leaders and doctors came out and said ‘don’t pass this,’ and it passed.”
State Representative for the 45th District, Bruce Borders voted in favor of the new law.
“Are we a perfect state? No. I think this is a major step in the right direction in recognizing the value of protecting the lives of the most innocent among us,” he said.
Under the bill, abortions are permitted under certain circumstances. Borders added that he preferred the language not be included.
“What we are doing is taking the life of a child because of the sin of the father. But that child still has the right to life,” he said.
Pfaff declined to comment on this section.
Within days of being signed into law by Gov. Eric Holcomb, major businesses in the state spoke out against it. Eli Lilly released the following statement,
“Lilly recognizes that abortion is a divisive and deeply personal topic with no clear consensus among Indiana citizens. Despite this lack of agreement, Indiana chose to quickly pass one of the most restrictive anti-abortion laws in the USA. We fear that this law will hamper Lilly’s – and Indiana’s – ability to attract diverse scientific, technical and business talent from around the world. Although we have expanded our employee health plan coverage to include travel for reproductive services not available locally, this may not be sufficient for some current and potential employees.
As a global company based in Indianapolis for more than 145 years, we work hard to retain and attract thousands of people who are important drivers of our state’s economy. Given this new law, we will be forced to plan for greater job growth outside of our home country.
Pfaff foresees economic consequences to follow.
“I think whenever there is legislation as important as this that directly affects our workforce, it is something we need to talk about. This is something we need to talk about more. I expect other businesses and companies not to come or go,” she said.
“We are all in this ball game together. [Eli Lilly’s and Cummins’] research and technology exist to save lives. I voted for this bill to save lives. As far as I’m concerned, we’re on the same page,” Borders said.
Both agree that the abortion will be closely monitored. Pfaff hopes the General Assembly will address issues of childcare, mental health and accommodation during pregnancy. Borders encourages the state to track abortions and investigate the causes of procedures.