Indiana organizations adjust to pause in abortion law

INDIANAPOLIS — A day after a special judge blocked Indiana’s near-total abortion ban, the state is appealing. As the legal fight continues, organizations on both sides of the issue are quickly adapting now that abortion is legal again for all Hoosier women.

During the week Indiana’s near-total abortion ban was active, Jessica Marchbank of the All-Options Pregnancy Resource Center said calls to the Hoosier Abortion Fund dropped significantly.

“September 14eI probably texted 30 different people and on September 15 there were no new messages in our system, just none,” Marchbank said.

Since the law break on Thursday, Marchbank said call volume has returned. Marchbank notes that since the preliminary injunction, confusion has set in. The focus is now on relocating women to Indiana for abortion procedures.

“This morning I’m speaking with someone in the Fort Wayne area who was planning to go to Bloomington, Illinois for an abortion, but now we’re looking at what the closer options are,” Marchbank said.

The Pregnancy Center also offers parenting and pregnancy support, including providing families in need with baby supplies, such as diapers.

“We actively help people choose, whether it’s funding abortion or sending them free diapers or sometimes both,” Marchbank said.

Melanie Garcia Lyon leads ‘Voices for Life’ and the local chapter ‘Sidewalk Advocates for Life’.

After a hiatus last week, both organizations are back to community outreach, including outdoor clinics and door-to-door conversations.

“It can be a very uncomfortable conversation. Obviously, this is a polarizing question. But what we’ve found is that people really appreciate having peaceful and productive dialogues,” Lyon said.

Lyon added that both organizations are focused on educating others about the resources available.

“We also focus a lot on cultural change, with abortion potentially illegal depending on what happens with this lawsuit,” Lyon said.

Marchbank and Lyon said they were preparing for whatever might happen with the abortion law in Hoosier State.

“We support more support for diapers, parenting support and to continue to fund abortions as much as possible,” Marchbank said.

“If the law all of a sudden changes and abortion is legal again in Indiana, then we’re really going to double down on education,” Lyon said.

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