Not even a decade after the 1973 Roe v. Wade abortion decision, I walked across my law school graduation stage nine months pregnant. I got more than a few side glances. At that time, a pregnant law school grad wasn’t a common sight.

Medicine and culture are vastly different today from when Roe was decided nearly 50 years ago. As I gave birth to my seven children in the ’80s and ’90s, ultrasounds started to become more prevalent and their clarity improved. Today, even 4D ultrasounds are commonplace, and photos of unborn children regularly adorn refrigerators and iPhone lock screens.

In culture, women now have leading roles in science, academics, law and politics, and they aren’t sacrificing a family life to achieve career success.

As Indiana’s State Senator for District 15, I was pleased to represent Indiana at the Supreme Court in Washington D.C. on Dec. 1. Inside the court, the justices heard oral arguments in Mississippi’s Dobbs case, which protects life after 15 weeks. Outside the court, thousands of pro-life Americans called for justices to use this case to end Roe.

I held a sign that read, “Let this woman legislator from Indiana Empower Women and Promote Life.” Looking around the crowd, one could see similar signs held by legislators from other states like Maine, Missouri and Arizona. We are ready to lead.

Every spring when the Indiana General Assembly meets, I introduce and support pro-life legislation. These laws have ranged from letting women know chemical abortion reversal may be possible to ending the inhumane practice of dismemberment abortions.

But everything we do must be done within the outdated confines of Roe. Even when we pass common sense, non-controversial language, abortion providers sue.

I led the charge on Indiana’s law to require dignified disposal of fetal remains, meaning a woman could choose burial or cremation following an abortion, if she desired. Planned Parenthood sued. They didn’t want a woman to know she has a right to choose burial or cremation for her child. They didn’t want to confront the humanity of the child.

Eventually the law made it to the U.S. Supreme Court, where it was found constitutional in 2019.

Mere months later, over 2,000 fetal remains of the victims of former Fort Wayne abortion doctor, Ulrich Klopfer, were found among the late abortion doctor’s belongings. We tragically were reminded of the horror of failing to ensure a final resting place for these victims.

In another lawsuit, abortion provider, Virginia-based Whole Women’s Health Alliance, is challenging a host of Indiana laws designed to protect women’s health. If the abortion industry ultimately wins this case, it will mean unelected judges can simply undo years of work your elected officials have done.

Why should Indiana have to engage in costly legal battles and see our common sense laws go through years of litigation? Because of the tangled mess of Roe. It’s not surprising that states like Texas are coming up with creative solutions to promote women’s health and protect life.

This could all be solved if the Supreme Court finally returns decision-making to the states. It finally has its chance in Mississippi’s Dobbs case.

We will know the outcome of Dobbs in the first half of 2022. A favorable outcome means Indiana policymakers will finally be able to account for advances in medicine and culture and truly protect women’s health and promote the protection of innocent, human life.

Liz Brown is an Indiana Senate Republican from Fort Wayne whose District 15 includes portions of Allen County.

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