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Indiana lawmaker proposing abortion ban says the decision should be up to the states

Posted at 10:17 PM, Nov 22, 2016

INDIANAPOLIS -- An Indiana lawmaker proposing to ban abortion in the state says it’s an issue that should be up to the states to decide. 

State Representative Curt Nisly said the Supreme Court doesn’t have jurisdiction when it comes to abortion, and that court was wrong in its ruling of “Roe vs. Wade.”

Nisly hopes the newly reshaped U.S. Supreme Court under Republican President-elect Donald Trump will back his proposal.

But he says his “Protection at Conception” bill has been in the works for a long time and he would have brought it forward regardless of the results of this year’s elections.

“It’s been many years since we addressed that, and science has come a long way. So it’s time to allow our laws to catch up with scientific knowledge of when life begins,” said Nisly.

The law would prohibit all abortion in the state of Indiana under any circumstances and would allow for criminal prosecution of any doctor or woman who participates in an abortion.

House Speak Brian Bosma said he doesn’t think the state should “buy a lawsuit” with the proposal, casting doubt on the bill’s chances of moving forward.

Bosma also said he is committed to not getting distracted by social issues in the upcoming session.