By Terry Vanderheyden

INDIANAPOLIS, January 6, 2006 ( – Illinois State Republican Troy Woodruff introduced a bill into the House there Wednesday that proposes to make abortion illegal.

Woodruff said he hopes the bill will go to committee; if passed the bill would no doubt be repealed by the courts, at which point, Woodruff said the law could go to the Supreme Court, where Roe v. Wade has not yet been challenged by the court’s new members.

“Also the people have never had an opportunity (through their representatives) to vote on the matter,” he said, as reported by the Evansville Courier & Press. The new law proposes to make abortion a Class C felony, which carries a two- to eight-year prison sentence. Woodruff added an exception for women whose pregnancy posed a risk of “substantial permanent impairment of the life or physical health of the pregnant woman.”

Chairman of the House Public Policy and Veterans Affairs Committee Marlin Stutzman said that, although “The bill is very close to my heart,” he was unsure if he would be able to schedule a hearing for the issue.

Americans United for Life ranked Indiana as 25th in the US last year for its record on life issues, according to its 2004 State Pro-Life Report Cards. The state lost points for a Supreme Court ruling in 2003 that mandated that taxpayers pay for abortions when a pregnancy creates a “serious risk of substantial and irreversible impairment of a major bodily function.”

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