ACLU, Business Leaders Tell Indiana Lawmakers: Take a Different Path on Abortion – WISH-TV | Indianapolis News | Indiana Weather forecast

INDIANAPOLIS (WISH) — When lawmakers meet on Monday to the special session of the legislatureIndiana will be one of the first Republican-led states to tackle the abortion debate.

The U.S. Supreme Court ruling on June 24 on Roe v. Wade ended nearly five decades of constitutional abortion protections.

Indiana’s proposed legislation would provide benefits for abortions in cases of rape and incest, and to protect the life of the mother. These allowances have sparked debate.

According to Indiana American Civil Liberties Unionmore than 250 business owners and managers have signed a letter asking lawmakers to take a different path on abortion.

Kristin Kohn, owner of Silver in the City gift shops in Indianapolis and Carmel, said at an ACLU press conference Thursday, “I’m asking you to make decisions and pass laws based on what is in the best interests of Hoosier women, allowing them to control their own health care.You will earn their respect, support and appreciation for protecting their choice.

On Thursday, I-Team 8 asked Curtis Hill, a former Indiana attorney general, if the Senate’s proposed abortion legislation, Senate Bill 1 (Special Session)goes far enough.

“Well, I think this is absolutely an opportunity for the General Assembly to draw a line in the sand on the definition of ‘life,'” Hill said.

Hill did not go into detail about the exceptions in the bill. He was certain that anything lawmakers passed would be challenged in court, a statement echoed by ACLU officials on Thursday.

Katie Blair, director of advocacy and public policy at the ACLU of Indiana, said at the press conference, “The ACLU will evaluate this bill every step of the way. We still have rights. We still have constitutional rights. Roe (v. Wade) may have been overruled, but women still have rights here in Indiana.

Senate Speaker Pro Tem Rodric Bray, a Republican from Martinsville, said lawmakers have heard both sides of the abortion issue and that ultimately lawmakers have a job to do and voters who to answer. “I recognize that in doing so, it opens up arguably the most difficult and polarizing issue we have faced in a generation. I understand the passion that exists on both sides.

Indiana State Senator Sue Glick, a Republican from LaGrange, is one of the authors of the bill. She said on Wednesday that the measure as proposed would not impact the morning after pill or access to contraception.

“Don’t Ban Equity” letter from the ACLU and business leaders

“It’s time for companies to stand up for reproductive health care.

“Equality at work is one of the most important business issues of our time. When everyone is empowered to succeed, our businesses, our communities and our economy are better off.

Restricting access to comprehensive reproductive care, including abortion, threatens the health, independence and economic stability of our employees and customers. Simply put, it goes against our values ​​and hurts business. It hurts our ability to create diverse and inclusive labor pools, recruit top talent from every state, and protect the well-being of all the people who make our businesses thrive day in and day out.

“Equality bans put our families, our communities, our businesses and the economy at risk. We, the undersigned, employ Hoosiers throughout the State of Indiana and oppose policies that impede people’s health, independence, and ability to achieve full success in the workplace.

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