INDIANAPOLIS, Ind. — An Indiana lawmaker has again filed a bill that would declare that life begins at conception, and would consequently outlaw abortion in the state.
Rep. Curt Nisly, R-Goshen, announced on Tuesday that he had filed House Bill 1430, also known as the “Protection of Life” and the “Protection at Conception” bill, in the legislature.
According to a synopsis of the measure, the legislation “asserts a compelling state interest in protecting human physical life from the moment that human physical life begins,” and “redefines ‘human being’ for the 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.”
It also nixes language in state statutes pertaining to the allowance and the regulation of abortion in Indiana.
A similar bill was re-introduced last month in Oklahoma by Sen. Joseph Silk, R-Broken Bow, called the “Abolition of Abortion in Oklahoma Act.” It updates existing homicide statutes, which define murder as “the killing of one human being by another,” to specifically include “acts which cause the death of an unborn child committed during an abortion.”
“I am pleased how mainstream this approach has become across the country over the last few years,” Nisly said in a statement. “There are many other states that are considering protection of life legislation, and the federal government also had a bill last year that acquired 117 sponsors, including 3 congressmen from Indiana.”
The organization Hoosiers for Life applauded the legislation, stating that lawmakers have a “responsibility to uphold the Constitution and protect a baby’s right to live.”
“We, the pro-life community in Indiana, have banded together to demand our representatives uphold the Indiana Constitution, which recognizes a God-given right to live and the protection of posterity,” Executive Director Amy Schlichter said in a statement. “Nisly’s bill is a vehicle to do just that.”
When Nisly filed the legislation last year, he plainly declared that the purpose of the bill is “to bring the Roe v. Wade era to its logical conclusion” and “to deregulate abortion right out of existence in Indiana.”
As previously reported, Roe v. Wade centered on a Texas woman named Norma McCorvey who sought an abortion over an alleged rape. McCorvey later admitted that she had lied, writing in her book “I Am Roe” that she made up the rape story at the advice of her feminist attorneys to make her case more convincing.
She also never obtained an abortion, but placed her child up for adoption and went on to become a vocal pro-life advocate, even going to court in an effort to overturn the ruling.
“My decisions were wrong and I am fighting with every breath to change what has occurred,” McCorvey said in 2008.
She died in Feb. 2017.
Psalm 139:13-14 declares, “For Thou hast possessed my reins; Thou hast covered me in my mother’s womb. I will praise Thee, for I am fearfully and wonderfully made. Marvelous are Thy works, and that my soul knoweth right well.”
Ecclesiastes 11:5 also proclaims, “As thou knowest not what is the way of the spirit, nor how the bones do grow in the womb of her that is with child, even so thou knowest not the works of God, who maketh all.”