INDIANAPOLIS (WISH) — Republicans said Monday they are unlikely to enact any more abortion legislation until courts rule on the state’s near-abortion ban.
Her comments came as anti-abortion activists marched to the statehouse for the first March for Life in Indianapolis since last year’s Dobbs vs. Jackson ruling and subsequent passage of a near-total abortion ban in Indiana. The ban is suspended due to a lawsuit alleging it violates the state’s constitutional right to individual liberty and a separate challenge by the Religious Freedom Restoration Act.
Right now, abortion in Indiana is still governed by the state’s old law, which allowed abortions for any reason up to 20 weeks after the onset of pregnancy. Senator Shelli Yoder, a Democrat from Bloomington, has introduced legislation to keep it that way. She said her constituents have been devastated and angry since lawmakers enacted the ban. The bill is unlikely to get a hearing in the Republican-dominated General Assembly, but Yoder said it’s still worth submitting.
“Women need to know that people don’t forget them, that we will continue to stand up and at the end of the day demand that women have full physical autonomy,” she said.
Across the aisle, Rep. Peggy Mayfield, a Republican from Martinsville, has introduced legislation to prevent any political subdivision such as a city, county or municipality from forming organizations that facilitate access to abortion, any type of Funding grant manner, such as cost recovery. Mayfield did not respond to a request for comment.
Republican leaders in both houses have said they do not plan to pursue further abortion legislation until the courts rule on the ban. Rep. Tim Wesco, an Osceola Republican and a strong supporter of abortion restrictions, echoed those comments Monday afternoon. He said what further legislation he would like to see depends on how the courts decide.
If the courts reject the ban, Wesco said “all options would be on the table as we consider what we could do to advance the culture of life here in our state.”
The Indiana Supreme Court on Thursday gave testimony about the order blocking the ban while the privacy lawsuit makes its way through the court system. There is no timetable for when the court could make a decision. Neither the privacy lawsuit itself nor the lawsuit relating to the Restoration of Religious Freedom Act have been heard in court.