Rep. Curt Nisly proposes abortion ban, says life begins at conception

Event organizers said more than 500 people stood outside the Fort Wayne Planned Parenthood facility in opposition of abortions Aug. 21, 2015.
Event organizers said more than 500 people stood outside the Fort Wayne Planned Parenthood facility in opposition of abortions Aug. 21, 2015.

GOSHEN, Ind. (WANE) – A state representative from Goshen said he’ll propose an abortion ban during the 2017 General Assembly. Representative Curt Nisly (R-22) said the bill would allow an abortion to be treated like the death of any other human.

Since announcing the plan earlier this week Nisly has been denying the media’s interview requests. So, we went to his home in Goshen to see if he could help clarify what his plan is next year. However, even though there were a couple cars in the driveway, including one with a state representative license plate, there was no answer at the door.

We called his home and office with no answer and did not receive a call back. Instead, a spokesman declined our request for an interview and released this statement on Nisly’s behalf.

“In the upcoming legislative session, I plan to file a ‘Protection at Conception’ bill, which would prohibit abortions in Indiana after life begins at conception. My goal is to treat the death of an unborn child like you would any other human being. As an elected official, I will continue to support pro-life policies seeking to preserve the dignity of all human life and provide a voice for the voiceless.”

On Monday Hoosiers For Life released a video showing Nisly’s intent to introduce a Protection at Conception bill.

“My goal is to deregulate abortion right out of existence in Indiana,” Nisly said in the video.

In the video, it said the bill would use Indiana code saying human life begins when an egg is fertilized as back-up.

“This certainly on its face is unconstitutional,” Planned Parenthood of Indiana and Kentucky Betty Cockrum said. “I don’t think anyone would argue that.”

Cockrum said in her opinion the most disturbing part is that this bill would ban abortion at conception.

“The implications suggest that a ban exist to protect a fertilized egg would put at risk countless methods of birth control,” Cockrum said.

However, since a lot of the presidential campaign focused on Roe v. Wade, and President-Elect Donald Trump recently said in an interview that law should go back to the state, this kind of proposal did not surprise Cockrum.

“I had assumed state legislatures across the country would get into a race to who would first get legislation passed that would put over ruling Roe v Wade in front of the Supreme Court,” Cockrum said. “So, it looks like perhaps Rep. Nisly is the first of those.”