Elkhart County lawmaker wants to criminalize abortion

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An Elkhart County lawmaker wants to make abortion a criminal act.

State Rep. Curt Nisly plans on introducing a bill in the 2017 legislative session called the “Protection of Conception” bill. Nisly, a Republican who lives south of Goshen, would have the bill state that life begins at conception and would prohibit abortions after conception, according to the Elkhart Truth.

This effectively would outlaw abortions in Indiana as well as letting law enforcement investigate abortions like they were an intentional death. Prosecutors could charge anyone involved in an abortion with murder, wrongful death, or other charges, according to Hoosiers For Life, who backs the bill.

Nisly believes that “all life is important and should be protected.” He’s even expecting the bill to survive a court battle with pro-choice groups.

His bill would come on the heels of a court battle that Gov. Mike Pence has had to endure this year about his abortion bill. That bill was squashed by a federal court, and Attorney General Greg Zoeller declined to pursue further legal action.

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