What you need to know about Senate Bill 1

Senate Bill 1 was signed into law on August 5. Photo courtesy of Indy Star.


On August 5, Indiana became the nation’s first state signing new abortion restrictions into law following the Supreme Court’s decision to quash Roe v. Wade.

Governor Eric Holcomb signed Senate Bill 1 into law during a special legislative session last month. Senate Bill 1 bans all abortions in the state except rape and incest, as well as pregnancies that threaten the mothers’ lives and in which the fetus has an abnormality or life-threatening condition .

The bill, which will take effect on September 15, also calls for the revocation of doctors’ medical licenses if they perform an abortion that violates this law.

Planned Parenthood and the American Civil Liberties Union, ACLU, have filed a complaint against the State of Indiana claiming that the bill violates Indiana’s constitutional rights to due process and privacy, as well as the protection of equal privilege.

Katie Blair, director of advocacy and public policy at the ACLU of Indiana, posted a statement following the signing of SB1.

“Hoosiers have a constitutional right to privacy, and these deeply private, personal and unique decisions should be made by women in consultation with their physicians,” Blair said in the statement. “What suits one family may not suit another.”

Butler University also sent a E-mail with resources and information about SB1, as well as on-campus spiritual guidance and options for students.

Diana Ningen, a junior elementary education major, and Ana Severson, a junior double major in music and chemistry, are president and vice president of bulldogs for liferespectively.

Bulldogs for Life is an academic organization that campaigns for the illegalization of abortion. Ningen and Severson say the bill doesn’t go far enough, citing the incest and rape exceptions as the next steps the government should take to ban abortion altogether.

“Regardless of the circumstances of your conception and whatever the genetic differences and probabilities, you are worthy of living and you are worthy of the fundamental and inalienable right to life,” Ningen said.

Cori Robinson, double major in political science and international studies, and Megan McFadden, major in political science, are co-chairs of Women leaders of tomorrow and said the most important thing women and those affected by this law can do is educate themselves and understand how they will be affected by SB1.

Leading Women of Tomorrow is a bipartisan group that aims to educate and support women on campus. With changing laws and regulations, Leading Women of Tomorrow hopes to create conversations and be a resource for students on campus.

“Every woman and every person on this campus should know that [the law] could affect them at any time,” McFadden said. “Whether they are in favor of it or not or whether they like how it will affect them, it can and it will.”

Leading Women of Tomorrow has resources available on their instagram page, and they stress the importance of researching policies and keeping up to date with the options available as Indiana residents.

“I think that [being a feminist] means something different to everyone, whether it’s supporting in any way you see fit, but part of being a feminist is being educated about these issues and their implications,” Robinson said.

With the bill taking effect next week, the near total ban on abortion will affect residents across the state. Since the outcome of the lawsuit for Planned Parenthood and ACLU is still unknown, the state is waiting to see how and what changes will be made to health care for hoosiers.

The Collegian Butler will continue to follow this story.

Norman D. Briggs