Indiana Republican lawmakers request special session if Supreme Court overturns or modifies Roe v. Wade

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Published: Mar. 8, 2022 at 5:00 PM EST
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INDIANAPOLIS, Ind. (WPTA) - Republican lawmakers in Indiana made clear on Tuesday that they will be keeping a close eye on the Supreme Court’s ruling in an ongoing abortion-rights case.

The Associated Press reports that the current case before the court, Dobbs v. Jackson Women’s Health Organization, concerns a Mississippi law that bans abortion after 15 weeks of pregnancy. Roe v. Wade, which was reaffirmed in a subsequent 1992 ruling in Planned Parenthood v. Casey, allows states to regulate but not ban abortion up until the point of fetal viability, at roughly 24 weeks, the AP reports.

Today, Hoosier Republicans in both the House and Senate wrote a letter to Governor Holcomb, asking him to call them back into session if the U.S. supreme court rules against all or part of Roe v. Wade. If it is overturned, dozens of anti-abortion laws are expected to be introduced across the country.

“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,” the letter reads.

The legislative session is set to wrap up soon, potentially as early as Tuesday night. Read the full letter below.

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