Hoosier lawmaker proposes bill making abortion illegal in the state
An Indiana representative has introduced a bill that would make abortion illegal in the state of Indiana upon passage and redefines human being. The proposed bill's language says it would supersede federal law.
Indiana Representative Curt Nisly, R-District 22, introduced House Bill 1089 on Thursday. It has been referred to the Committee on Public Policy.
The proposed bill would make abortion illegal in Indiana, even if it is legal according to federal law. The bill begins, "Any act, law, treaty, order, rule, or regulation of the United States government that fails to protect a person's inalienable right to life is null, void, and unenforceable in Indiana."
It also expands the definition of a human being to include the moment of conception, "Human being means an individual who having human physical life (as described by IC 16-51-1-1), regardless of whether the individual has been born."
In addition, any reference to fetus has been replaced with unborn child.
The law would eliminate feticide as a crime and someone who is accused of killing an unborn child would face murder, manslaughter or similar charges.
Digest of House Bill 1089:
Protection of life. Repeals the statutes authorizing and regulating abortion. Finds that human physical life begins when a human ovum is fertilized by a human sperm. Asserts a compelling state interest in protecting human physical life from the moment that human physical life begins. Provides that court decisions to enjoin the law are void. Specifies the duty of Indiana officials to enforce the law. Specifies that federal officials attempting to enforce contrary court orders against Indiana officials enforcing the law shall be subject to arrest by Indiana law enforcement. Redefines "human being" for purposes of the criminal code to conform to the finding that human physical life begins when a human ovum is fertilized by a human sperm. Makes other conforming changes.