CHICAGO (CBS) – As Illinois doubles on the promise of the legality of abortiondespite the Supreme Court, Indiana raises a larger issue.
Chris Ty of CBS 2 reports from Hammond, where if Rowe vs. Wade is canceled, insiders are waiting for a special meeting at the state house to find out what will happen next for the Hoosiers.
Many conservative states have what is called “laws of launch“In these states and laws will make abortion illegal if Rowe v. Wade is repealed in reports.
When and when it is repealed, laws almost immediately make abortion illegal. Indiana is conservative but has not passed trigger laws. But insiders said that could change soon.
A professor from Indiana said she was surprised that the laws were not yet included.
“It’s weird for me. Indiana also has a pretty good idea of the political implications of certain pieces of legislation, ”said Indiana University law professor Jodie Madeira.
Indiana with huge chunks of rural and urban areas is a red state, but not deep red. In Indiana, abortion is allowed for up to 22 weeks.
There is no “trigger law” in books that ban abortion if Rowe is repealed. Insiders said lawmakers could feel the political freedom to add it during what they see as a special legislative session this summer.
“Indiana sees this as a more complex issue than other states with other economic consequences, other personal consequences, other medical consequences. And so far it has followed a more grounded line.”
Madeira points to conventions that omit states with hyper-strict abortion laws as one reason for less stringent rules.
Pew’s latest poll on abortion in Indiana is seven years old.
* 43% of adults said abortion should be legal
* 51% called it illegal
* 6% said they didn’t know
“I do not think that Indiana will be a state in which there will be difficulties with the adoption of legislation that severely restricts or abolishes the right to abortion,” said Madeira.
Tuesday is Indiana Election Day. In Illinois, as they increasingly set their flag as the state advocating the election, it is very likely that if Rowe v. Wade is repealed and Indiana decides to tighten those rules, the corridor between Indiana and Illinois is likely to be more robust.