Indiana becomes first state since Supreme Court overturns Roe v Wade A near-total ban on abortion.
Gov. Eric Holcomb, right, signed Senate Registration Bill 1 into law within an hour after the Republican-controlled state legislature passed the bill in a special session on Friday.
The bill passed in the afternoon by a vote of 62 to 38 in the House of Representatives, followed by a vote of 28 to 19 in the Senate. No Democrats voted for the legislation, and some Republicans joined them.
Some exceptions are included in the abortion ban, such as rape or incest ten weeks after fertilization, endangering the mother’s life, and whether the fetus has a fatal diagnosis. With these exceptions, the procedure is only allowed within 20 weeks of fertilization.
If an abortion is to be performed under one of these exceptions, it should only be done in a hospital or hospital-owned facility, Associated Press (AP) reportThis means all abortion clinics will lose their licenses, the news agency noted.
If doctors perform illegal abortions or fail to file the required reports properly, they risk losing their medical license.
The bill will go into effect on September 15.
Indiana’s current abortion law allows the procedure up to 22 weeks after the mother’s last menstrual cycle, CNN famous.
“With the overthrow roeI made it clear that I would support legislation that would make progress in protecting lives,” Holcomb said in a statement. statement after the legislation is passed. “I am personally proud of every Indian who has bravely shared their views in a debate that is unlikely to stop anytime soon.”
After the bill passed the House, the sponsor of Senate Registration Bill 1, State Rep. Wendy McNamara, Say The legislation “makes Indiana one of the most pro-life states in the nation.”
The White House issued a statement On Saturday, criticism of the legislation was “another radical step by Republican lawmakers to deny women their reproductive rights and freedoms.”
While many states have already triggered laws that took effect after the Supreme Court’s late June ruling Dobbs v. Jackson Women’s HealthIndiana did not trigger the law and became the first state to pass legislation restricting abortion.
The bill follows the West Virginia legislature Failure An abortion ban was passed last week, and Kansas voters overwhelmingly rejected a provision Tuesday that would remove abortion protections from the state’s constitution.
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