Indiana’s Republican-controlled legislature passed a bill on Friday that would ban abortion at every stage of pregnancy, with few exceptions.
measures pass On Friday afternoon, the state legislature passed by a vote of 62 to 38, with nine Republicans voting against it. Late Friday night, the state Senate followed suit by a vote of 28 to 19.
Now it’s on its way to the desk of Republican Gov. Eric Holcomb, who has unspecified Whether he will sign it, despite saying he is “pro-life”. If he does, it will go into effect on September 15. But even if he decides to veto, the legislation could still become law if lawmakers in both chambers overrule him by a majority.
“We have the opportunity to protect the sanctity of lifethat’s exactly what we’re going to do,” Holcomb tweeted after the U.S. Supreme Court in June overturned federal protections for abortion rights.
country is No. 1 in the country New anti-abortion legislation passed since Supreme Court ruling. The state capitol was packed with protesters as lawmakers debated during the special session.
Indiana has seven abortion clinics that serve some 1.3 million women of childbearing age in the state — although more abortion seekers have come to the state from elsewhere since the Supreme Court overturned Roe v. Wade.
Indiana recently made national headlines A 10-year-old girl from Ohio Travel to the state to seek an abortion. She was raped multiple times and became pregnant. But she can no longer perform abortions in her own state because Ohio – like many other states – immediately enacted restrictive laws banning most abortions.
The Indiana bill, which does allow abortion in rape and incest cases, was included under opposition from some Republican lawmakers.
But the fact that these exceptions exist shouldn’t make the bill seem less extreme.
Although abortions resulting from rape and incest are often some of the most tragic situations, they are a very small percentage Full abortion. Focusing on these two categories can provide cover for states that do have these exceptions.
Even with these exceptions, usually incredibly difficult Make pregnant women meet the eligibility criteria.
The Indiana legislature swiftly passed the ban, which almost completely outlaws abortion, just after voters in conservative Kansas decisively rejected an amendment that would remove access to abortion protections from the state constitution.
“The extremist lawmakers who forced the bill to pass through a special session obviously can’t care less about what their constituents want or need,” said Mini Timmaraju, president of NARAL Pro-Choice America. “It’s shocking that they go to great lengths to keep people from getting abortions. Nursing, they should be ashamed of themselves. Governor Holcomb has the opportunity to veto this legislation and protect the reproductive freedom of millions of Indians – and he should accept it.”