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Indiana Gubernatorial Candidates Outline Views On Abortion

Alan Mbathi
IPB News

The death of Supreme Court Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg could have huge implications for the future of reproductive rights and access to abortion.

Indiana's candidates for governor each weighed in on the controversial issue this week.

Indiana anti-abortion advocates have pushed legislation for years that would ban and criminalize all abortions in the state. Justice Ginsburg’s death will likely only fuel that push.

Gov. Eric Holcomb said he’s opposed to abortions, except when it would endanger the life of the pregnant person.

“That I’ll leave to the doctor to decide, from a medical standpoint,” Holcomb said.

Democratic candidate Dr. Woody Myers said it’s important for women to have the conversation about abortion with their doctor and their clergy.

“But it’s a decision that I think that the state of Indiana should stay out of,” Myers said.

Libertarian Donald Rainwater said it’s unlikely a total abortion ban would ever reach the governor’s desk - but said he’d probably sign it if it did.

Contact reporter Brandon at or follow him on Twitter at @brandonjsmith5.

Brandon Smith is excited to be working for public radio in Indiana. He has previously worked in public radio as a reporter and anchor in mid-Missouri for KBIA Radio out of Columbia. Prior to that, he worked for WSPY Radio in Plano, Illinois as a show host, reporter, producer and anchor. His first job in radio was in another state capitol, in Jefferson City, Missouri, as a reporter for three radio stations around Missouri. Brandon graduated from the University of Missouri-Columbia with a Bachelor of Journalism in 2010, with minors in political science and history. He was born and raised in Chicago.