According to a report by Dan Carden, writing for the Times of Northwest Indiana, Representative Curt Nisly wants to introduce unconstitutional legislation because he hopes to have the U.S. Supreme Court announce a changed view of the Constitution. In particular, he believes that the General Assembly should have the power to criminalize abortion, prosecute women and doctors involved in the abortion process, and (presumably – the bill is not, to my knowledge, currently available) have women and doctors jailed.
State Rep. Curt Nisly, R-Goshen, said Tuesday he plans to file a “Protection at Conception” proposal when the Republican-controlled General Assembly convenes in January.
If enacted into law, it would prohibit all abortion in Indiana in all circumstances and authorize the criminal prosecution of any doctor or woman who participates in an abortion.
“It’s time to bring the Roe v. Wade era to its logical conclusion,” Nisly said. “My goal is to deregulate abortion right out of existence in Indiana.”
He is quoted as saying “deregulate,” but, of course, legislating a prohibition on abortion would be significant government regulation. The article suggests that women who have abortions would be prosecuted for murder. There is no particular indication that this legislation will go anywhere when the session starts. Last year, Rep. Nisly introduced HB 1122 which had some fairly onerous abortion regulations and died in committee without a hearing.
Comments for or against this measure? Contact information for Rep. Curt Nisly (R-Goshen): 1-800-382-9841.