INDIANAPOLIS – Indiana Democratic Party Chairman John Zody issued the following statement after Governor Eric Holcomb signaled his intention to sign SEA 404, a controversial anti-women’s health measure.
“Today, Governor Holcomb made clear his willingness to engage in divisive, social issues targeting Hoosier women’s rights. We’ve seen this mode of leadership before with Mike Pence, where scoring political points preempts bipartisan policy to move Indiana forward. We’ve also seen the cost of this approach, both fiscally and in terms of our state’s reputation. Hundreds of millions of dollars in lost economic opportunity is bad for our bottom line, but the negative impact on our reputation will cost us much more. We’re still trying to convince millennials and young entrepreneurs Indiana doesn’t discriminate after RFRA. Now Holcomb signals his eagerness to fight to limit Hoosier women’s rights and potentially compromise their safety. It doesn’t have to be like this. The Governor sets the tone. This is his choice. He said he won’t be distracted by social issues.”