Abortion rights protesters chant during the Indiana State Senate meeting in Indianapolis, Indiana, on July 25, 2022. After the U.S. Supreme Court ruled overturning Roe v. Wade, the legislature considered curtailing abortion rights.
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Indiana on Friday became the first U.S. state to approve abortion restrictions Since the U.S. Supreme Court overturned Roe v. Wade, Because the Republican governor was quick to sign an injunction that bans the process almost entirely shortly after lawmakers approved it.
The ban took effect on September 15, Including some exceptions. To allow abortion in cases of rape and incest until 10 weeks after fertilization; to protect the life and physical health of the mother; if the fetus is diagnosed with a fatal abnormality. Victims of rape and incest are not required to sign a notarized affidavit proving the assault, as it has been proposed.
Under the bill, abortions could only be performed at hospitals or hospital-owned outpatient centers, meaning all abortion clinics would lose their licenses.Doctors who perform illegal abortions or fail to file required reports must also lose their medical licenses — wording tightening existing Indiana law that states Doctors “may” lose their licenses.
In a statement announcing that he had signed the bill, Governor Eric Holcomb said, “I am personally proud of every Indian who has bravely shared their views in the debate. The debate is unlikely to stop anytime soon.” “As far as I am your governor, I will continue to be vigilant.”
His approval came after the Senate approved the ban 28-19 and the House approved it 62-38.
Indiana is one of the first Republican state legislatures to debate stricter abortion laws Supreme Court ruling in June This removes constitutional protections for the program. But this is the first state to pass a bicameral ban, That comes after West Virginia lawmakers on July 29 gave up the chance to become the state.
“It’s a pleasure to get this done, it’s one of the most challenging things we’ve ever done as a state legislature, at least while I’m here for sure,” Senate President Roderick Bray told reporters after the vote . “I think it’s a huge opportunity and we’re going to build on that.”
LaGrange’s Senator Sue Glick, who supported the bill, said she doesn’t think “all states are going to fall in the same place,” but that most Indiana residents support some aspect of the bill.
Some senators from both parties lamented the provisions of the bill and its impact on the country, including low-income women and the health care system. Eight Republicans voted against the bill, along with all 11 Democrats, although their reasons for opposing it were mixed.
“We’re going backwards in democracy,” said Sen. Jean Bleu, a Democrat from Indianapolis, who on Friday wore a green ribbon around her lapel in support of abortion rights. “What other liberties, what other liberties are waiting to be taken away from the chopping block?”
Republican Senator Mike Bohacek of Michiana Shores talks about his 21-year-old daughter with Down syndrome. Bohacek voted against the bill, saying it did not provide adequate protections for disabled women who were raped.
“She’d be sad if she lost her favorite stuffed toy. Imagine having her carry a baby to term,” he said, before starting to choke before throwing his notes on the seat and walking out of the room .
However, Republican Senator Mike Young of Indianapolis said the bill was not strict enough with doctors’ enforcement provisions.
Such debates demonstrate how divided Indiana residents are on the issue, as evidenced in hours of testimony heard by lawmakers over the past two weeks. Few, if any, residents expressed support for the legislation in their testimony, as abortion rights supporters say the bill goes too far and anti-abortion activists say it doesn’t go far enough.
The debate comes amid evolving abortion politics across the country, as Republicans face some partisan divides and Democrats see a possible election-year boost.
Evansville Republican Rep. Wendy McNamara, who supports the House bill, told reporters after the House vote that the bill “makes Indiana one of the most pro-life states in the nation.”
Outside the chamber, abortion rights activists often chanted the lawmakers’ rhetoric, holding signs such as “Roe roe roe roe your vote” and “Build this wall between church and state.” Some House Democrats wore blazers over pink “ban our bodies” T-shirts.
Indiana’s ban comes after political storm A 10-year-old rape victim She traveled from neighboring Ohio to end her pregnancy.case Having attention When a doctor in Indianapolis said the child came to Indiana because Ohio’s “fetal heartbeat” ban.
Religion was an enduring theme in the legislative debate, in testimonies from residents and comments from lawmakers.
In opposing the House bill, Rep. Ann Vermilion denounced fellow Republicans who called women “murderers” to have abortions.
“I think the Lord’s promises are grace and mercy,” she said. “He’s not going to jump off the building to condemn these women.”