There’s no cause for the ACLU of Indiana to take legal action, says ACLU Legal Director Ken Falk. Falk was interviewed about the U.S. Supreme Court ruling overturning Roe v. Wade and putting abortion rights in the hands of states.
“Abortion is legal today. It’ll be legal tomorrow in Indiana. Nothing has changed because our laws are still in effect. The question is, what is the General Assembly going to do?” asked Falk. “Our hope of course, is that people realize this will have profoundly negative consequences.”
Falk said though people at his organization are “profoundly disappointed”, he did not expect different, given the leaked opinion that was already made public.
“Abortion is a health decision and if you take that decision away, it is going to have severe effects on women’s health,” he said. “Before 1973 women died from back alley abortions. Women became sterile from back alley abortion. Women had children they did not want and perhaps did not care for at that time in their life.”
Falk said the decision will have consequences because the country does not provide “sufficient funds for childcare” or education.
Falk said he hopes the Indiana General Assembly will take those matters into consideration when drafting a state law on abortion.
Falk also pointed out that any law must pass the test of rationality, and that any law must be rational, which can be a subjective term. He said cases have been won because laws were deemed irrational.
“What the General Assembly has to do is to consider that in what it decides to do.”
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