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Indiana State Rep. apologizes after sharing slavery tweet

Posted at 4:49 PM, Nov 18, 2016

INDIANAPOLIS -- An Indiana lawmaker has apologized after sharing a tweet about slavery.

Rep. Curt Nisly (R-Goshen) retweeted a tweet from author Andrew Klavan that said, “Democrats Haven’t Been This Angry Since We Freed Their Slaves.”

The tweet, shared on November 16, showed of a photo of what appeared to be people protesting president-elect Donald Trump.

On Friday afternoon, Nisly issued an apology on his Twitter account.

“I apologize for recently sharing an inappropriate Tweet and I have since deleted it,” said Nisly. “It was a mistake and I didn’t mean to offend anyone.”

Sources tell Call 6 Investigates Nisly’s office received calls from angry citizens about the retweet.

A press secretary for Nisly declined to comment further on what happened.

Nisly raised eyebrows earlier this week when he announced plans to file a “Protection at Conception” when the General Assembly convenes in January, according to The Times of Northwest Indiana .

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

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

His plan would delete the regulations permitting to abortion and treat all life as equal from the moment of conception.

Currently, under the federal right to privacy act – clarified by the U.S. Supreme Court in Roe v. Wade – sates are prohibited from interfering with a woman’s decision to have an abortion prior to the moment the fetus is considered viable. Generally between 20 – 24 weeks.

Those standards could change, however, once President-elect Trump takes over the White House. Trump has promised to appoint only anti-abortion justices to the Supreme Court and has said he would prefer to allow states to decide whether they will permit abortions.