In light of the Indiana State Senate passing Senate Bill 1, a measure that would force birth on women and children across the state, the Indiana Democratic Party released the following statement by executive director Lauren Ganapini:
“Hoosiers need to be on high alert because Senate Bill 1 in this form would be disrespectful to the majority of voters who told Republicans in their own polling that they wanted to keep the state laws as is – and that’s protecting a woman’s right to make her own decisions about her body. Taking away this right, the ability for local governments to protect their constituents, and forcing survivors of rape and incest – even children – to notarize a sign affidavit just to obtain an abortion is extreme. And let’s not forget: this legislation is an invasion of privacy and would still force birth on women and children who are not able to meet the draconian standards of this Republican supermajority.
Senate Bill 1 is meant to fulfill the demands of far-right organizations like Indiana Right to Life and coddle Christian nationalists whose values are outdated and do not reflect a 21st Century America. It’s past time politicians in the Indiana Republican Party stop appealing to a small, vocal minority and start working with Democrats and the majority of Hoosiers to create a better future for everyone in our state – no matter who they are, who they love, or where they live. Democrats urge Hoosiers to contact their local state legislator and tell them ‘NO’ on Senate Bill 1.” – Lauren Ganapini, executive director of the Indiana Democratic Party