Indiana Capital Chronicle: “Hoosiers don’t want a near-virtual ban on abortion. Instead, they support exceptions for rape, incest and the life of the mother. And many are supportive of allowing abortion up to 15 weeks of gestation.”
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INDIANAPOLIS – The Indiana Democratic Party, the organization that advocates for the future of Indiana and its families, today called on the Indiana Republican Party to release its internal poll showing how deeply unpopular anti-abortion bills like Senate Bill 1 are with Hoosier voters. From what Democrats know, the “reliably Republican” poll shows 63-percent of Hoosiers support the state government keeping the state’s laws on abortion access as is.
Further – a large majority of voters oppose extreme measures like SB1 and Indiana Right to Life’s “national model” which would outlaw abortions in every form except for saving the life of the mother. In fact, only 20-percent of voters support the “national model”, but the policy is expected to be introduced in some form this week in the Indiana House of Representatives.
The Indiana GOP is keeping their poll close to the vest because even their own data reveals how extreme their agenda is to Hoosier families. It’s time they release this poll.
“The Indiana Statehouse is a small world, and people in both parties all know what the poll commissioned by Indiana Republicans says: about 63-percent of voters are pro-choice and want politicians to leave the state’s abortion laws as is. The data also says only about 20-percent of Hoosiers support the extreme, Jim Bopp-style legislation that would force women and children – even rape and incest survivors – to give birth,” said Mike Schmuhl, Chairman of the Indiana Democratic Party. “The will of the people is being ignored by the GOP supermajority, and just like permitless carry, the Indiana GOP is dead set on siding with extremist organizations and Christian nationalists over solving the kitchen-table issues voters care about most. Release the poll, Indiana GOP.”
The Indiana Republican Party has a history of putting their extreme agenda first, Indiana’s future second. Just last session, the GOP supermajority forced through permitless carry despite their own poll showing a majority of Hoosiers opposed the legislation. Republicans even ignored vocal opposition by law enforcement statewide, including Indiana State Police Superintendent Doug Carter.
The Indiana GOP: too extreme for Hoosiers, too extreme for Indiana’s future.