Republican legislative leaders Monday shrugged off questions about potential legislation banning all abortion. And all four caucus leaders say their focus is on other issues.
A House Republican lawmaker promised to author legislation that would classify any abortion as murder in Indiana. Senate President Pro Tem David Long called it a “bomb thrown out there” and says controversial issues like that are authored every year.
“Whether that has a chance of seeing daylight or not just depends on a lot of factors – the appetite of your caucus on whether you really want to talk about that,” Long says.
House Speaker Brian Bosma repeatedly emphasizes that his caucus won’t be focused on the potential abortion bill.
“You know, no bills have been filed in the House yet so who even knows if it’s going to be filed? As I said earlier today, my focus is going to be on infrastructure, a responsible budget, pre-kindergarten, some public safety issues – this is where our time is going to be focused,” Bosma says.
House and Senate Democratic leaders urged their GOP colleagues to avoid such hot-button issues.