Coalition delivers valentines to lawmakers

By Zoie Richey
TheStatehouseFile.com

INDIANAPOLIS — Members of the Indiana Reproductive Justice Coalition gave out over 2,000 valentines to lawmakers Tuesday to raise awareness for some the bills they support and oppose dealing with reproductive health and food security.

Elizabeth Prout, a mother and member of Indiana Reproductive Justice Coalition helped pass out valentines and expressed her concerns for her children, primarily her daughter, if some of the current bills become laws in the future. 

“I’m worried about whether she’s going to be able to control her destiny and plan her life going forward in Indiana,” said Prout.

Lauren Murfree, also a member of the group, said that most people think the Indiana Reproductive Justice Coalition only focuses on topics like abortion and birth control and confuse what it stands for.

“It’s a massive encompassing term, said Murfree. “We are more about the whole family, the whole context. We want to take back Hoosier families for Hoosier families here, not just for what legislatives think Hoosier families want, but what they actually need.”

Murfree said the coalition supports bills that benefit happy, healthy families, such as Senate Bills 9 and 154 that will spread Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program benefits to more people.

Murfree also said the Indiana Reproductive Justice Coalition opposes bills that restrict women’s rights to abortion, such as Senate Bill 118 that requires women to have an ultrasound before an abortion to hear the heartbeat of the fetus.  

Zoie Richey is a reporter for TheStatehouseFile.com, a news website powered by Franklin College journalism students.

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