Indiana becomes first state in the United States to allow abortion restrictions after US Supreme Court upturned Roe vs Wade . Governor signs near-total ban on the procedure immediately after lawmakers approved it .
INDIANAPOLIS (APENDA): Indiana became the first state in the United States to allow abortion restrictions after the US Supreme Court upturned Roe vs Wade, as the Republican governor signed a near-total ban on the procedure immediately after lawmakers approved it.The ban, which takes effect on September 15, includes several limitations.Abortions would be permitted in the case of rape and incest prior to 10-weeks post-fertilization, to protect the mother's life and physical health, and if a fetus is diagnosed with a lethal disease.As previously proposed in the Senate, rape and incest survivors will no longer be compelled to sign a notarized affidavit demonstrating an attack.Any doctor who performs an unlawful abortion or fails to file required reports must also lose their medical license form, which tightens current Indiana law, which states that a doctor may lose their license.Gov.Eric Holcomb said in a statement announcing that he had signed the bill that he was personally proud of every Hoosier who came forward to courageously represent their views in a debate that is unlikely to be overthrown anytime soon.I will keep an open mind as your governor, for my part. Since the Supreme Court ruled in June that no constitutional guarantees for the procedure were scrapped, Indiana was one of the first Republican-run state legislatures to propose tighter abortion laws.After West Virginia lawmakers gave up their chance to become that state on July 29, it was the first state to pass a ban on both chambers.Senate President Pro-Tem Rodric Bray told reporters after the vote that he was pleased to be finished with this, one of the more challenging assignments that weve ever done as a State General Assembly, at least while I've been here.I think this is a huge opportunity, and we should continue building on it as we go forward. Sensible women and the health care system, for instance, were bemoaned by some senators from both parties for enacting the bills' provisions and the consequences it would have on the state.Eight Republicans voted against the bill, while 11 Democrats voted against it, even though their reasons for opposing it were conflicting.We are backsliding on democracy, said Democratic Sen. Jean Breaux of Indianapolis, who wore a green ribbon on Friday to represent her support for abortion rights.What other rights, what other rights are on the cutting block? Bohacek voted against the bill, claiming that it did not have proper protection for people with disabilities who are assaulted.She would be inconsolable if she lost her favorite stuffed animal.He said, Imagine bringing a child to term before he choked up, then threw his notes on his seat and left the room.Sen. Mike Young of Indianapolis, a Republican, said that the bills' enforcement provisions against doctors aren't strong enough. The bill is often opposed by residents on both sides of the issue, though pro-abortion campaigners say it goes too far, while anti-abortion campaigners argue it isn't going enough.The talks took place in the middle of a changing landscape of abortion politics across the country, where Republicans are facing some divisions and Democrats are seeing a potential election-year boost.After the House vote, Republican Rep. Wendy McNamara of Evansville, who backed the bill, told reporters that the bill makes Indiana one of the nation's most pro-life states.Outside the chambers, abortion-rights activists chanted over lawmakers' remarks, shouting Before me, vote! Some House Democrats wore blazers over pink Bans Off Our Bodies T-shirts.The ban was also imposed by Indiana after a public controversy over a 10-year-old rape victim who came to the state from Ohio to end her pregnancy.The case became apparent when an Indianapolis doctor explained that the child came to Indiana due to Ohio's fetal heartbeat restriction.During the special session, religion was a recurring theme, both in resident testimony and legislator's remarks. I think the Lord's promise is for grace and kindness, she said.He would not be jumping to condemn these women.