INDIANAPOLIS, Ind. — A pro-life group in Indiana is expressing disappointment after the Republican chair of the House Committee on Public Policy, who likewise identifies as pro-life, has again allowed the hearing deadline to pass for a bill that would have outlawed abortion in the state, thus killing the measure for the third time.
“Although he campaigned as ‘pro-life,’ Ben Smaltz has proven himself to be hostile to the unborn, betraying his pre-born neighbors and pro-life voters for the third year in a row,” opined Amy Schlichter of Hoosiers for Life in an email to supporters. “[O]ur ‘pro-life’ legislators are not representing us well.”
As previously reported, Rep. Curt Nisly, R-Goshen, announced in January that he had filed House Bill 1430, also known as the “Protection of Life” and the “Protection at Conception” bill, in the legislature.
According to a synopsis of the measure, the legislation “asserts a compelling state interest in protecting human physical life from the moment that human physical life begins,” and “redefines ‘human being’ for the purposes of the criminal code to conform to the finding that human physical life begins when a human ovum is fertilized by a human sperm.”
It also nixes language in state statutes pertaining to the allowance and the regulation of abortion in Indiana.
When Nisly similarly filed the legislation last year, he elucidated that the purpose of the bill is “to bring the Roe v. Wade era to its logical conclusion” and “to deregulate abortion right out of existence
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