August 17, 2022

New Indiana Law Creates $45 Million Fund to Support Pregnant and Postpartum Women

On the same day that Indiana Gov. Eric Holcomb signed the first post-Roe abortion ban in the nation, he signed Senate Enrolled Act 2. This law establishes the $45 million Hoosier Families First Fund, which will be used to provide support to pregnant and postpartum women and their children.

The funds will be allocated to the state's Department of Child Services, the Family and Social Services Administration, the Indiana Department of Health, and the Department of Homeland Security to provide this support.

Foster homes, adoptive families, low-income families, and non-abortive pregnancy centers will benefit from the funding. The law also exempts diapers from the state's gross retail tax and creates a $3,000 tax credit for each adoptive child below the age of 19 (24 if the child is a full-time student).

“Today, I proudly signed Senate Enrolled Act 2 to return $1 billion back to Hoosier taxpayers,” said Holcomb in a statement. “This fulfills what I set out to accomplish when calling the General Assembly into special session in order to help Hoosiers hurting from historically high inflation. I am also especially grateful for the nearly $100 million in long overdue increased funding to support the health of our Hoosier mothers and babies. While there is still more to do, better access and awareness of all our programs will be critical to improving our infant and maternal mortality rates – a long-standing priority of my administration.”