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New abortion ban bill introduced in Indiana House

An Indiana bill banning abortion was introduced in the General Assembly Thursday.

INDIANAPOLIS (WTHR) – Rep. Curt Nisly (R) of Goshen introduced a new bill in the Indiana House Thursday that would ban abortions.

In its summary, HB 1089 proposes to repeal “the statutes authorizing and regulating abortion.”

The bill challenges the U.S. Supreme Court’s position on abortion and would likely meet an immediate legal challenge, similar to other state bans passed recently.

Indiana Rep. Curt Nisly

In the bill’s body, it states "The courts of the United States have no jurisdiction to interfere with Indiana's interest in protecting human physical life from the moment that human physical life begins."

Further, “(HB 1098) specifies that federal officials attempting to enforce contrary court orders against Indiana officials enforcing the law shall be subject to arrest by Indiana law enforcement.”

Nisly proposed Indiana recognize that “human physical life begins when a human ovum is fertilized by a human sperm.”

Thursday’s bill was Nisly’s third proposed abortion ban. His first two bills never got a hearing.

The 2020 bill was referred to the Committee on Public Policy.

In a written statement, Planned Parenthood legal counsel Hannah Brass Greer called Nisly’s proposed legislation “an unprecedented and illegal bill that would decimate abortion rights in Indiana and criminalize abortion, allowing abortion providers and people seeking abortion to be charged with murder.”

Greer contends Nisly’s bill ignores court rulings and potentially limits access to birth control.