INDIANAPOLIS, IN – Today, 100 members of the Indiana General Assembly co-signed a letter to Governor Eric Holcomb urging him to call the General Assembly back for a special session if the United States Supreme Court completely, or partially, overturns Roe vs. Wade this summer.
The letter reads:
The Honorable Eric Holcomb
Governor of Indiana
200 W. Washington St., Room 206 Indianapolis, IN 46204
We respectfully write to you regarding an important matter on behalf of the legislators included here, as well as many Hoosiers across the state. As you are aware, 2022 has the potential to be a monumental year in our nation’s history with respect to the U.S. Supreme Court’s ruling on Dobbs v. Jackson Women’s Health Organization. The Court has the potential to either completely, or partially, overturn Roe v. Wade, and, in doing so, acknowledge that states have greater ability to enact laws that protect the sanctity of life.
It is the desire of the House and Senate leadership, including the signatures below, for you to call the General Assembly back in for a special session, at the earliest date practicable, should the U.S. Supreme Court’s ruling expand Indiana’s ability to protect unborn children. Providing a voice for those that have not yet been able to speak for themselves is a responsibility that we do not take lightly, and this is exactly why this request is so important.
As a state that recognizes that life is a precious gift that should never be neglected, it is our desire that you, as the Governor of Indiana, ensure that those values are upheld without delay. We have a responsibility to Hoosiers to ensure that our state laws are aligned with the Supreme Court’s decision if Roe v. Wade is wholly, or partially, overturned. We appreciate your thoughtful consideration of this request. Thank you for your time and for your service to Indiana.
Signers of the letter include Speaker of the House Todd Huston and President Pro Tempore Rodric Bray.
“We are deeply appreciative of these legislators taking action to encourage a special session if the Supreme Court opens new opportunities for protecting life in Indiana,” stated Indiana Right to Life President and CEO Mike Fichter. “We come alongside these legislators in encouraging Governor Holcomb to take decisive action if Roe vs. Wade is completely, or partially, reversed.”
Fichter notes that without a special session, the General Assembly would not address a June reversal of Roe vs. Wade until the 2023 legislative session, during which time nearly 4,000 abortions would occur in Indiana.
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