Indiana State Senate Votes To Gut Pregnancy Accomodation Bill
February 3, 2020
FOR IMMEDIATE PRESS RELEASE
Today a majority of Indiana State Senators voted against pregnant Hoosiers, new mothers, and babies, by supporting an amendment by State Senator Andy Zay to gut SB 342, the Pregnancy Accommodation bill.
Despite Governor Holcomb’s vocal support, bi-partisan authors on the bill, the support of some of the largest employers in our state, four local Chambers of Commerce, and countless nonprofits and labor unions, the bill was still stopped.
When we heard that the bill was under attack on Friday, we mobilized. In 48 hours, we reached out to 7,000 Hoosiers across the state, delivered over 150 constituent calls into 14 Senate districts, 200 signatures from people of faith from 7 counties, over 100 direct constituent emails, and organized today’s day of action.
Last year, the Indiana Manufacturing Association and the Indiana State Chamber of Commerce contributed nearly $3 million dollars to our State Senators and Representatives. These organizations, primarily representing the interests big, corporate businesses lobbied Senators against this vital bill, putting their bottom line ahead of the lives of Hoosier mothers and babies.
“This is the corporate power in our state that has a stranglehold on our communities. They’re betraying everyday Hoosiers to save pennies,” says Kate Hess Pace, Hoosier Action Executive Director. “We’re organizing to fight back. We know Hoosier families support this bill. We know Hoosier families deserve better, and we’re going to fight for it.”
Senator Ron Alting authored SB 342, and voted against the amendment. Senators Becker, Bohecek, Breaux, Crider, JD Ford, Lanane, Melton, Mrven, Niezgodzki, Randolph, Ruckleshaus, Stoops, Tallian, and Taylor also stood up against the amendment.
ABOUT HOOSIER ACTION
Hoosier Action is a nonpartisan, homegrown community organization made up of thousands of Hoosiers, mostly from rural and small-town Indiana. We believe that all Hoosiers, regardless of how much money they make, should have a say in the decisions which affect our lives.