Abortion-rights protesters chant during a session of the Indiana State Senate at the Capitol on July 25, 2022 in Indianapolis, Indiana. In the wake of the US Supreme Court’s decision to overturn Roe v. Wade, the legislature considered reducing abortion rights.
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Indiana on Friday became the first state in the country to approve abortion restrictions Since the US Supreme Court reversed Roe v. Wade, Because the Republican governor signed off on an almost complete ban on the process soon after lawmakers approved it.
The ban with effect from September 15, Some exceptions are included. Abortion will be allowed after 10 weeks of abortion in cases of rape and incest; to protect the life and physical health of the mother; And if a fetus is diagnosed with a malignant anomaly. Victims of rape and incest will not be required to sign a notarized affidavit confirming the assault, As proposed once.
Under the bill, abortions can only be performed in hospitals or outpatient centers owned by hospitals, meaning all abortion clinics will lose their licenses. A doctor who performs an illegal abortion or fails to file the required report must also lose his or her medical license—words that reinforce current Indiana law that says A doctor “may” lose his license.
“I am personally most proud of each Hoosier who came forward to boldly share their views in a debate that is unlikely to end any time soon,” Governor Eric Holcomb said in the statement. “For my part as your governor, I will continue to keep an open ear.”
His approval came after the Senate approved the ban 28–19, and the House extended it to 62–38.
Indiana was one of the first Republican-run state legislatures to debate stricter abortion laws. Supreme Court decision in June Which removed the constitutional protection for the procedure. But it is the first state to impose a ban from both the houses. On July 29, after West Virginia’s lawmakers gave it a chance to become that state.
Senate President Pro-Tem Roderick Bray told reporters after the vote, “I’m pleased to have accomplished this, one of the more challenging things we’ve ever done as a state General Assembly, at least certainly when I’ve been here.” “I think it’s a huge opportunity, and as we move forward from here, we’ll take it.”
Sue Glick of LaGrange, who sponsored the bill, said she doesn’t think “all the states will come down in the same place” but most Indiana residents support aspects of the bill.
Some senators from both parties lamented the impact the bill’s provisions had on the state, including low-income women and the health care system. Eight Republicans joined all 11 Democrats in voting against the bill, although their reasons for failing the measure were mixed.
“We’re taking a backseat on democracy,” said Democratic Sen. Jean Breaux of Indianapolis, who wore a green ribbon on her lapel Friday indicating support for abortion rights. What freedoms are on the chopping block waiting to be taken away?”
Republican Senator Mike Bohasek of Mikiana Shores talks about his 21-year-old daughter who has Down syndrome. Bohasek voted against the bill, saying it did not have enough protections for women with disabilities who are raped.
“If she lost her favorite stuffed animal, she would be inconsolable. Imagine having to carry a baby to give birth to her,” she said, before she began to choke, then threw her notes on her seat. Diya and left the room.
Republican Senator Mike Young of Indianapolis, however, said the bill’s enforcement provisions against doctors are not stringent enough.
Such debates demonstrated their division of Indiana residents on the issue, which is demonstrated in the hours of testimony heard by lawmakers over the past two weeks. Residents rarely, in their testimony, expressed support for the law, as abortion-rights supporters said the bill goes too far while anti-abortion activists expressed that it doesn’t go far enough.
The debate comes amid an evolving landscape of abortion politics across the country as Republicans face some party divisions and Democrats push for a potential election-year run.
Republican Representative Wendy McNamara of Evansville, who sponsored the House bill, told reporters after the House vote that the law “makes Indiana one of the most pro-life states in the country.”
Outside the chambers, abortion-rights activists often shouted at lawmakers’ remarks, which carried signs such as “Row Ro Row Your Vote” and “Build This Wall” between church and state. Some House Democrats wore blazers over pink “Bains of Our Bodies” T-shirts.
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Religion was an ongoing topic during legislative debate, both in residents’ testimony and in the remarks of lawmakers.
Advocating against the House bill, Rep. Ann Vermillion denounced fellow Republicans who have called women “killers” for seeking abortions.
“I think the Lord’s promise is for grace and mercy,” she said. “He wouldn’t be jumping to condemn these women.”