TERRE HAUTE, Ind. (WTWO/WAWV) – U.S. Sen. Mike Braun (R-Ind.) made multiple stops in Terre Haute on Thursday and spoke to constituents and WTWO/WAWV about a number of current issues

Abortion and the repeal of Roe v. Wade

During one of his stops, the Senator was quizzed on the topic of abortion. The country is only weeks removed from the Supreme Court’s decision to overturn Roe v. Wade.

This move will allow states to make their own legislation on abortion, taking the decision out of the hands of the federal government ending 49 years of precedent.

Braun said he supports the Supreme Courts’ decision to overturn Roe v. Wade. He said that the topic of abortion should be handled at the state level.

When asked if he would potentially propose legislation to ban or restrict abortion at the federal level, Braun said that the decision should be left up to the states.

“I think this is a prerogative of the states,” Braun explained. “I just think it’s good that after forty-nine years that it’s back to where it should’ve been in the first place.”

Hoosier lawmakers are expected to take action on abortion in the state on July 25th in a special session. Braun said that he hopes state lawmakers make decisions that protect the “sanctity of life.” On the federal level, Braun mentioned that it’d be a good idea to give mothers additional resources during their pregnancies.

Abortion-rights protesters met Sen. Braun outside of one of his stops in Terre Haute at Rick’s Smokehouse.

Deb Sitarski was one of about two dozen protesters. Sitarski and others believe that lawmakers and the Supreme Court are ignoring the separation of church and state. She went on to say that the Roe v. Wade decision is an attack on women’s bodies.

Sitarski said that the potential of 50 different abortion laws across 50 states is scary for women.

“50 different states with 50 different rules and regulations is a nightmare for women,” Sitarski said.

Russia vs Ukraine

While in town Braun also answered questions about the topic of Russia’s war in Ukraine.

Braun said that he believes Ukraine should be admired for defending their freedom and condemned Russian President Vladimir Putin’s aggression. Braun added that the US should continue to support Ukraine, but was wary of involving ourselves too much.

“I think we need to do everything that we can. Especially the [European Union] over there that live there close to it to help the Ukrainians out. We have to be very careful that we don’t get embroiled in another Afghanistan or another Iraq as well,” said Braun.

Inflation

When discussing the rising inflation throughout the country, Braun said he has been working with federal legislators to try to give Americans relief. He said that he is using his knowledge and experience from running a business to help with those inflation relief efforts.

“For the time that I am there, I’m going to weigh in on some of the things that I’ve learned while running a business, and then try to get a little bit of Indiana to rub off in D.C.”