INDIANAPOLIS— Today, House Speaker Todd Huston (R-Fishers) and Senate President Pro Tem Rodric Bray (R-Martinsville) called for Governor Holcomb to call a special session if the US Supreme Court overturns Roe v. Wade later this year in the case of Dobbs v. Jackson Women’s Health Organization. State Senator State Senator Jean Breaux (D-Indianapolis) and Shelli Yoder (D-Bloomington) released the following response:
“Recent polling shows that well over 60% of Americans support Roe v. Wade, a legal precedent set nearly 50 years ago. We believe that any response to a potential Supreme Court ruling should be to codify Roe v. Wade, not turning back the clock on women’s rights.
“The idea that a woman’s right to choose should be left up to the states is frankly insulting. The notion that our 76% male state Legislature should be able to make decisions about women’s own bodies and livelihoods on their behalf is ludicrous. The state government’s purpose is to enhance people’s lives, not control and legislate their most private and complex decisions.
“This would also be completely reckless. Women won’t stop having abortions—they’ll just lose access to safe ones. This special session would only put women in direct danger. If we call a special session in the name of protecting women and children, it should be to pass laws that fund childcare, support foster services, reinstate the child tax credit and support Hoosier women and children in real ways.”