State representatives on both sides of the issue engaged in more than five hours of additional debate on Friday, ahead of the final House vote on the bill on Friday. The bill’s House sponsor, Republican Rep. Wendy McNamara, gave her final remarks before the vote.
McNamara said: “We are often faced with a lot of violence and death these days. This bill restores a belief in humanity and the value of human life.”
After the House passed the bill, Indiana Democrats tweeted that their Republican counterparts trying to ban abortion were “basically claiming that their values are more just than their fellow citizens.”
Indiana currently allows abortion up to 20 weeks after fertilization (or 22 weeks after the mother’s last menstrual period).