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Bosma Dampens Hope Of Abortion Ban's Passage

House Speaker Brian Bosma (center) embraces Minority Leader Scott Pelath embrace after Bosma's reelection as Speaker.

Just one day after shrugging off questions about a controversial abortion ban bill, House Speaker Brian Bosma dampened any enthusiasm over its chances for passage.

At a legislative preview panel on Nov. 21, both Bosma and Senate President Pro Tem David Long brushed aside questions about a potential bill that would ban all abortions in Indiana.

On Tuesday Nov. 22, Sen. Long kept up that strategy.

“If it gets out of the House, the Senate will decide what we’re going to do but we are focused on other issues this year,” Long says.

Speaker Brian Bosma engaged more specifically on the issue. The proposed bill would classify all abortion as murder. That’s currently unconstitutional under the U-S Supreme Court’s Roe v. Wade decision. Backers of the legislation hope its passage would allow the Supreme Court to reverse course.

Bosma says he doesn’t want to buy a lawsuit.

“I don’t think we’re in the business of getting way ahead of the curve so that we can be a test case that’s going to cost the state money,” Bosma says.

Bosma notes that a similar bill didn’t even get a hearing last session.

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