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Senate Democrats say GOP attack on abortion rights has Hoosiers 'confused and intimidated'

State Senator Shelli Yoder speaks into a microphone at a press conference. Yoder is a White woman with blonde hair, wearing a green dress.
Brandon Smith
IPB News
At a press conference on Tuesday, June 27, 2023, marking one year since the U.S. Supreme Court's decision overturning guaranteed abortion rights, Sen. Shelli Yoder (D-Bloomington) said the Indiana Republican measure to largely ban abortions has left Hoosiers "uncomfortable, confused and intimidated."

It’s been one year since the U.S. Supreme Court revoked the constitutional guarantee of abortion rights. And state Senate Democrats said Republican attacks on abortion access since that decision have left Hoosiers “uncomfortable, confused and intimidated.”

Indiana was the first state to pass new abortion restrictions in the wake of the Supreme Court ruling. The state’s near-total ban isn’t in effect because of court challenges. But Dr. Amy Caldwell, an OB-GYN who also provides abortion care, said it’s still created fear and misunderstanding among patients.

“I’ve personally seen patients try to attempt to end pregnancies in ways that were unsafe and dangerous because they thought they had no other option,” Caldwell said.

READ MORE: Indiana Supreme Court considers future of abortion rights in lawsuit over state's near-total ban

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Senate Democrats have tried and will continue to propose eliminating the near-total abortion ban. But Republicans hold supermajorities in the legislature.

Still, Sen. Jean Breaux (D-Indianapolis) said GOP lawmakers aren’t accurately representing the will of Hoosiers. Abortion bans, she said, aren’t pro-life.

“They’re anti-poor, anti-Black and anti-women,” Breaux said.

The Indiana Supreme Court could rule any day on the constitutionality of the state’s abortion law.

Brandon is our Statehouse bureau chief. Contact him at or follow him on Twitter at @brandonjsmith5.

Brandon Smith has covered the Statehouse for Indiana Public Broadcasting for more than a decade, spanning three governors and a dozen legislative sessions. He's also the host of Indiana Week in Review, a weekly political and policy discussion program seen and heard across the state. He previously worked at KBIA in Columbia, Missouri and WSPY in Plano, Illinois. His first job in radio was in another state capitol - Jefferson City, Missouri - as a reporter for three stations around the Show-Me State.