INDIANAPOLIS—Today the Indiana Senate passed Senate Bill 1, a near-total ban on abortion. State Senator David Niezgodski (D-South Bend) offered the following response:

“Today, in the interest of my constituents and the future of Indiana, I voted against Senate Bill 1, a near-total abortion ban. After listening to hours of testimony, I know that this law will worsen our abysmal maternal mortality rate, place undue stress and burden on our healthcare workers, and traumatize women. I am personally a pro-life individual, but I will never have to make the choice these women do and would never take it away from them. Concerning the free will of women, today we bore witness to the imposition of government intrusion rather than government inclusion. I could not in good conscience vote in favor of this bill and fear it will do more harm than good for Indiana.”