Indiana Gov. Eric Holcomb said Friday on Twitter that he expects the General Assembly to take up abortion law during a special session next month that he called for earlier this week to address refunds for state taxpayers.
Holcomb’s tweet came shortly after news broke that the U.S. Supreme Court had voted to overturn Roe v. Wade, the landmark 1973 court ruling that protected a woman’s decision to have an abortion.
“The Supreme Court’s decision is clear, and it is now up to the states to address this important issue,” Holcomb’s tweet said. “We’ll do that in short order in Indiana. I’ve already called the General Assembly back on July 6, and I expect members to take up this matter as well.”
Friday’s high court decision is expected to lead to abortion bans in roughly half the states. Indiana law currently allows abortions in most cases within the first 20 weeks of pregnancy, but the state’s Republican-dominated legislature has a history of trying to limit abortion access.
“I have been clear in stating I am pro-life,” Holcomb tweeted. “We have an opportunity to make progress in protecting the sanctity of life, and that’s exactly what we will do.”
Holcomb on Wednesday said he was calling lawmakers back to the Indiana Statehouse on July 6 to consider his plan to send $1 billion in refunds to Indiana taxpayers.
If lawmakers agree to the governor’s plan, individual taxpayers would receive a tax refund of $225—on top of the $125 each is receiving through the state’s automatic taxpayer refund program.
Only the governor can call the Legislature into special session—something the Indiana Supreme Court affirmed earlier this year. But once lawmakers are at the Statehouse, their work is not limited by time or scope.
Many Republicans called on Holcomb earlier this year to call a special session if the Supreme Court issued a ruling that strikes down Roe v. Wade or otherwise opens the door for states to ban abortion.