Indiana on Friday approved legislation severely restricting access to abortion, becoming the first state to enact strict anti-abortion policies following abortion’s repeal. Roe vs. Wade in June.
The law has an almost complete ban on abortion, offering only limited exceptions in some cases of rape incest before 10 weeks after fertilization, as well as in cases of serious fetal abnormalities or when the mother’s life is at stake. Republican lawmakers earlier attempted to remove the rape and incest exception early Thursday, Indianapolis Star informed of, Those efforts ultimately proved unsuccessful.
In addition to the restrictions, the new ban limits the space where abortions can be performed to hospitals and hospital-affiliated outpatient facilities — effectively closing all abortion clinics in Indiana. Doctors providing procedures to patients outside these strict limits will lose their medical licenses.
The law, which comes just days after Kansas voters rejected a similar measure, and two weeks after Indiana state lawmakers testified, would go into effect on Sept. 15.
Governor Eric Holcomb announced in a statement that he had signed the measure, “I am personally most proud of each Hoosier, who came forward to boldly share their views in a debate that is soon to end. is unlikely.” “For my part as your governor, I will continue to keep an open ear.”
Current Indiana law allows abortions up to 22 weeks of pregnancy and only states that doctors “may have” their medical license if they perform illegal abortions.
“A killing machine in this state does not require a permit, but mothers carrying our children do need a permit to exercise their rights,” Democratic State Sen. Fadi Kaddoura said during Friday’s proceedings. ” Shelley Yoder, another Democrat, cited former President Donald Trump’s reputation for highlighting the inequalities facing American women. “In 2016 we learned that you can take private pictures of a woman and she falls silent, and she gets elected president,” she said.
Several Republican lawmakers joined their Democrat allies in voting against the bill. according to The Associated PressState Sen. Mike Bohasek cited a lack of clear protections for women with disabilities as the primary reasoning behind his protest. The Republican, who initially supported the bill but changed his position in recent days, has a 21-year-old daughter suffering from Down syndrome. “If she lost her favorite stuffed animal, she would be inconsolable, Bohasek said. “Imagine she’s ready to carry a baby.” AP informed the senator clearly upsetThrow down his notes and leave the Senate chamber.
Republican Sen. Mike Bohasek could not conclude his testimony by raising some of his concerns about what SB1 could mean for young women in Indiana. pic.twitter.com/DZCcBBA3jS
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“The U.S. Supreme Court decision to transfer abortion rights to the state level has peeled an onion on the details of abortion, showing layers and layers of such a difficult subject that I myself was not prepared for, ” said Republican State Rep. Ann Vermillion before invoking the religious fervor of the anti-abortion movement. “I think the Lord’s promise is to grace and mercy. He will not jump to condemn these women.”