Written by Arleigh Rodgers – The Associated Press / Report for America
Indianapolis (AFP) – Indiana on Friday became the first state in the country to approve abortion restrictions Since the US Supreme Court overturned Roe v. Wade, The Republican governor quickly signed a near-total ban on the procedure shortly after lawmakers approved it.
The ban, which takes effect on September 15, Includes some exceptions. Abortion is allowed in cases of rape and incest before 10 weeks after fertilization; to protect the life and physical health of the mother; And if the fetus was diagnosed with a fatal malformation. Victims of rape and incest will not be required to sign a notarized statement attesting to the assault, It was also previously proposed in the Senate.
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Under the bill, abortions can only be performed in hospitals or hospital-owned outpatient clinics, which means all abortion clinics will lose their licenses. A doctor who performs an illegal abortion or fails to provide the required reports must lose his or her medical license — wording that toughens current Indiana law that states: The doctor “may” lose his license.
“I personally feel proud of every Hauser who has come forward to courageously share his views in a debate that is unlikely to stop any time soon,” Governor Eric Holcomb said in the statement announcing he signed the measure. As your ruler, I will continue to keep my ears open.”
His approval came after the Indiana Senate approved Ban 28-19 and House members 62 to 38 introduced it.
Indiana was among the earliest Republican-run state legislatures to debate later stricter abortion laws Supreme Court ruling in June Which removed constitutional protections for the procedure. But it is the first country to pass the ban through both houses, After West Virginia deputies on July 29 missed the chance to be that state.
“I am delighted to have this completed, and it is one of the most difficult things we have done as a state assembly, at least certainly while I am here,” pro-Tim Senate Speaker Roderick Bray told reporters after the vote. “I think this is a huge opportunity, and we will build on that as we move forward from here.”
Senator Sue Glick of LaGrange, who sponsored the bill, said she doesn’t think “all states are going to collapse in the same place” but that most Indiana residents support aspects of the bill.
Some senators from both parties lamented the law’s provisions and its impact on the state, including on low-income women and the health care system. Eight Republicans joined all 11 Democrats in voting against the bill, although their reasons for thwarting the measure were mixed.
“We’re backing away from democracy,” said Democratic Senator Jean Brough of Indianapolis, who wore a green ribbon on Friday to signify support for abortion rights, on her lapel. “What are the other liberties, and what are the other liberties waiting to be stripped from?”
Republican Senator Mike Pohachik of Michigan Shores spoke about his 21-year-old daughter, who has Down syndrome. Pohaček voted against the bill, saying it did not contain sufficient protections for women with disabilities who are raped.
“If she loses her favorite stuffed animal, she will be so inconsolable,” he said before starting to choke, then threw his notes on his seat and walked out of the room.
However, Republican Senator Mike Young of Indianapolis said law enforcement rulings against doctors are not strict enough.
Debates like these have exposed Indiana residents’ divisions on the issue, which have been presented within hours of testimony that lawmakers have heard over the past two weeks. Residents on all sides of the issue have rarely, if ever, supported the legislation, with abortion rights proponents saying the law goes too far while anti-abortion activists have expressed that it does not go far enough.
The discussions came amid an evolving landscape of abortion politics across the country as Republicans grapple with some partisan divides and Democrats see a potential boost in an election year.
Republican Representative Wendy McNamara of Evansville, who sponsored the House bill, told reporters after the House vote that the legislation “makes Indiana one of the most pro-life states in the country.”
Outside the rooms, abortion rights activists often cheered the lawmakers’ statements, carrying banners such as “Ru Ro Roo Your Voice” and “Build This Wall” between church and state. Some Democratic House members wore jackets over pink “Bans Off Our Bodies” T-shirts.
The ban proposed by Indiana also came after the end of the political storm 10-year-old rape victim who traveled to the state from neighboring Ohio to terminate her pregnancy. the case gained attention When an Indianapolis doctor said the kid came to Indiana because of Ban ‘fetal heartbeat’ in Ohio.
Religion was a constant topic during the special session, both in testimonies of residents and comments from lawmakers.
In advocating against the House bill, Representative Ann Vermillion denounced fellow Republicans who called women “murderers” for their abortions.
“I think the Lord’s promise is grace and kindness,” she said. “He wouldn’t jump to condemn these women.”
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