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Indiana officials react: Supreme Court draft suggests Roe v. Wade overturn

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Posted at 12:58 PM, May 03, 2022
and last updated 2022-05-03 15:20:15-04

INDIANAPOLIS — Following the leak of the draft opinion suggesting the Supreme Court could overturn Roe v. Wade, local and state officials are sharing their thoughts.

Governor Eric Holcomb shared the following statement:

“Before further commenting on a leaked draft document out of the Supreme Court, like the rest of the country, I’ll wait to review the official and final decision they release on the matter in the few weeks and months ahead.”

Indiana House Speaker Todd Huston (R) Fishers shared the following statement:

"The vast majority of House Republicans, including myself, have been abundantly clear that we want to take action to further protect life should the U.S. Supreme Court overturn, in full or in part, Roe. We will continue to await the court's final decision."

Senator Mike Braun shared that he sees the release as an attack on the Supreme Court by the Democrat Party.

“The latest attack on the independence of the Supreme Court by the Democrat Party and the corporate media is shameful,” Sen. Braun said. “However, if the leaked opinion is accurate then today is a landmark day for the sanctity of human life in our country. I am 100% Pro-Life and pray it is true that the Supreme Court will follow through and save countless lives.”

Congressman Jim Banks shared the following:

“I am praying that the disastrous Roe decision is overturned. The Supreme Court will finally have given a voice to the voiceless and to Hoosier voters and for the first time in 50 years, regular Americans will have a say in the most important moral and political issue of our time.

I am again calling on Indiana legislatures and Governor Holcomb to convene a special session to pass pro-life legislation if Roe is overturned.

This could be the most important victory for protecting the unborn in American history.”

Senator Todd Young, Indiana Attorney General Todd Rokita, Congressman Andre Carson and Congresswoman Jackie Walorski shared statements on Twitter.

"I’m awaiting the official decision by the Supreme Court. A leak like this is unprecedented, and we need to ensure that Supreme Court justices are not subject to intimidation. I do believe that Roe v Wade was wrongly decided, and that the American people should be able to decide, through their elected officials, what our laws are when it comes to protecting life and protecting women. I’m committed to standing for life and supporting pregnant women." — Senator Todd Young (R-Indiana).

“It’s disgusting that the Left appears to be sabotaging yet another American institution, the Supreme Court, in a desperate attempt to keep killing babies. While we wait for the official Roe v. Wade ruling, I will not relent in my fight for the unborn & defense of their mothers.” – Attorney General Todd Rokita (R)

“I’ll never stop fighting to protect reproductive rights. They are fundamental for women, for families and for freedom.” – Rep. Andre Carson (D, Indiana's 7th District)

“Overturning Roe v. Wade would be an answer to prayer - but the court must speak for itself without facing intimidation or threats from extreme liberals with a clear agenda. This leak once again proves the left will stoop to unprecedented lows to extinguish the right to life.” – Rep. Jackie Walorski (R, Indiana's 2nd district)

Indiana Right to Life President and Chief Executive Officer Mike Fichter issued a statement Monday evening on the report.

"If the Politico report is true, and it bears out in the final ruling, this will be a monumentally historical moment that demonstrates how far we've evolved since 1973 in medical science, compassion for unborn babies, and support for pregnant mothers. And, rather than judges handing down decisions about unborn life, Hoosiers will have the chance to come together to demonstrate our value for life and commitment that every person deserves to be born. In the interim, we eagerly await the Court's own voice on the matter."