Conservative Indiana lawmaker proposes state abortion ban

Indiana Rep. Curt Nisly

INDIANAPOLIS (AP) - An Indiana Republican lawmaker says he will propose legislation next year that would effectively ban abortion in the state, despite a 1973 U.S. Supreme Court decision that established a nationwide right to abortion.

State Rep. Curt Nisly, of Goshen, says he'll sponsor the bill when the Legislature meets in January.

“In the upcoming legislative session, I plan to file a ‘Protection at Conception’ bill, which would prohibit abortions in Indiana after life begins at conception. My goal is to treat the death of an unborn child like you would any other human being. As an elected official, I will continue to support pro-life policies seeking to preserve the dignity of all human life and provide a voice for the voiceless," Nisley said in a statement.

Abortion-rights groups are certain to oppose the measure, and it is doubtful that it will advance in the Statehouse.

But anti-abortion groups are emboldened by Donald Trump's election and hope the Republican president-elect will appoint Supreme Court justices who will overturn Roe v. Wade.

Social conservative activist Monica Boyer says now is the time to push for legislation like Nisly's. She and other abortion opponents hope a legal challenge would reach the nation's highest court.

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