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Indiana Legislature Passes Near-Total Abortion Ban


Indiana’s Republican-controlled legislature passed a bill Friday that bans abortion at every stage of pregnancy with only a few exceptions.

The measure passed the state House on Friday afternoon in a 62-38 vote, with nine Republicans voting against it. Late Friday night, the state Senate followed up with a 28-19 vote.

It now heads to the desk of Republican Gov. Eric Holcomb, who has not yet indicated whether he’ll sign it, although he has said he’s “pro-life.” If he does, it’ll take effect on Sept. 15. But even when he decides to veto it, the laws could still grow to be law if lawmakers in each chambers override him in a majority vote.

“We now have a possibility to make progress in protecting the sanctity of life, and that’s exactly what we are going to do,” Holcomb tweeted after the U.S. Supreme Court overturned federal protection of abortion rights in June.

The state is the first within the nation to pass latest anti-abortion laws for the reason that Supreme Court decision. The statehouse has been full of protesters because the lawmakers debated throughout the special session.

Protesters have filled the Indiana statehouse to attempt to stop the legislature from passing an abortion ban.

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Indiana has seven abortion clinics that serve roughly 1.3 million women of reproductive age within the state ― although, for the reason that Supreme Court overturned Roe v. Wade, many more people in search of abortions have been coming to the state from elsewhere.

Indiana made national headlines recently when a 10-year-old girl in Ohio traveled to the state to hunt an abortion. She had been raped repeatedly and have become pregnant. But she could now not get an abortion in her own state, because Ohio ― like a variety of other states ― immediately enacted restrictive laws banning most abortions.

Indiana’s bill does allow for abortions in cases of rape and incest, which were included over the objections of some Republican lawmakers.

However the incontrovertible fact that those exceptions exist shouldn’t make the bill seem any less extreme.

Though abortions stemming from rape and incest are sometimes a number of the most tragic circumstances, they’re a really small percentage of overall abortions. Specializing in these two categories can provide cover for states that do have bans with these exceptions.

And even when these exceptions exist, it is commonly incredibly difficult for pregnant people to fulfill the standards required to qualify.

The Indiana legislature’s swift passage of this near-total ban on abortions comes just after voters within the conservative state of Kansas decisively rejected an amendment that will have removed protections for abortion access from the state structure.

“The extremist lawmakers who forced this bill through a special session clearly couldn’t care less about what their constituents want or need,” NARAL Pro-Alternative America President Mini Timmaraju said. “It’s appalling that they’re going to those lengths to dam people from accessing abortion care, and so they ought to be ashamed of themselves. Governor Holcomb has a probability to veto this laws and protect reproductive freedom for hundreds of thousands of Hoosiers — he should take it.”

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