The legislation is a near total ban on abortion, providing only limited exceptions for certain cases of rape incest before 10 weeks after fertilization, as well as in cases of severe fetal abnormalities or when the life of the mother is in play. Republican lawmakers previously tried to remove the rape and incest exception as early as Thursday, the Indianapolis Star reported. These efforts ultimately proved unsuccessful.
In addition to the restrictions, the new ban limits where an abortion can be performed in hospitals and hospital-affiliated outpatient facilities, effectively closing all abortion clinics in Indiana. Doctors who offer the procedure to patients outside of these rigid boundaries will lose their medical license.
The law, which comes a few days later Kansas voters rejected a similar measureand follows two weeks of testimony from Indiana state lawmakers, will go into effect Sept. 15.
“I am personally very proud of every Hoosier who has come forward to courageously share their perspective in a debate that is not expected to end anytime soon,” Gov. Eric Holcomb said in the statement announcing he had signed the measure. . “For my part as your governor, I will continue to keep an ear open.”
Current Indiana law allows abortions up to 22 weeks pregnant and only states that doctors “may” lose their medical license if they perform an illegal abortion.
“A killing machine doesn’t require a license in this state, but the mothers who are carrying our children need a license to exercise their rights,” Democratic Sen. Fady Qaddoura said during Friday’s proceedings. . Sen. Shelli Yoder, another Democrat, has invoked the reputation of former President Donald Trump to highlight the inequalities faced by American women. “In 2016, we learned that you can grab a woman’s private parts and she’s silenced, and he gets elected president,” she said.
Several Republican lawmakers joined fellow Democrats in voting against the bill. According Associated press, State Sen. Mike Bohacek cited the legislation’s lack of clear protections for women with disabilities as the main reasoning behind his opposition. The Republican, who initially backed the bill but changed his stance in recent days, has a 21-year-old daughter with Down syndrome. “If she lost her favorite stuffed animal, she would be inconsolable,” Bohacek said. “Imagine her carrying a child to term.” Pennsylvania then reported the senator became visibly upsetthrowing away his notes and leaving the Senate Chamber.
Republican Sen. Mike Bohacek was unable to complete his testimony while raising some of his concerns about what SB 1 could mean for young women in Indiana. pic.twitter.com/DZCcBBA3jS
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“The Supreme Court of the United States made the decision to move the right to abortion at the state level, which peeled an onion over the details of abortion, showing layers and layers of such a difficult topic that I myself was not prepared for,” the rep said. by state Republican Ann Vermilion, before invoking the abortion movement’s anti-religious bigotry. “I think the Lord’s promise is for grace and goodness. He would not hesitate to condemn these women.