Bopp Law Firm’s Courtney Milbank Testifies Against Indiana SB 1, as “a Wolf in Sheep’s Clothing”

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July 26, 2022
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Bopp Law Firm's Courtney Milbank Testifies Against Indiana SB 1, as “a Wolf in Sheep's Clothing”

In testimony before the Indiana Senate Rules Committee, Courtney Turner Milbank, a member of The Bopp Law Firm, PC, described SB 1, a proposed post‑Roe abortion bill, as “a wolf in sheep's clothing” and stated that pro‑life groups oppose its passage.

Milbank explained: “In general, SB 1 is an abject failure in achieving the pro‑life movement's goal of extending substantial protection to innocent unborn life now that that authority has been returned to Indiana by the U.S. Supreme Court's overturning of Roe and Casey in Dobbs.”

“While billed as prohibiting abortion except to save the mother's life and for rape or incest,” Milbank said, “SB 1 utterly fails to limit abortions to even the exceptions that it purports to find acceptable, due to numerous and pervasive legal flaws and omissions. If adopted, SB 1 would result in the continuation of abortion on demand throughout pregnancy in Indiana.”

In her written testimony, Milbank detailed some of the most egregious examples of the failure of SB 1 to protect the unborn:

  • SB 1 removes all criminal penalties from, and provides complete immunity for, illegal abortions consented to by the pregnant woman, except for partial birth abortions, D&E abortions, and abortions performed without informed consent.
  • SB 1 eliminates the legal requirement for the consent of pregnant woman for an abortion if it is necessary to save her life, so that a physician can abort a woman's baby over her objection.
  • SB 1 explicitly recognizes, and legalizes and facilitates, chemical abortion clinics flourishing throughout Indiana by authorizing abortion inducing drugs to flood Indiana and by facilitating their use through licensing current and future chemical abortion clinics throughout the state.

Milbank explained that the gross deficiencies in SB 1 were the “inevitable result of its formulation process. . . . No local, state, or national prolife organization or any expert pro‑life lawyer . . . [were] consulted, but instead, SB 1 was drafted based on the advice of abortion rights advocates, using their suggested language, . . . from groups such as ACOG, the American College of Obstetricians and Gynecologists, which is one of the foremost pro‑abortion advocacy groups in the nation.”

As a result, Milbank stated, “while parading as a pro‑life measure SB 1 is a wolf in sheep's clothing, protecting abortion on demand by defective language, lack of necessary safeguards, and lack of an effective enforcement mechanism.”

National Right to Life announced yesterday that they opposes SB 1 and urged the Senate to pass truly pro‑life legislation to protect the unborn.

A copy of Milbank's written testimony can be obtained here

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