Indiana Passes Legislation Banning Almost All Abortions

Abortion-rights protesters fill Indiana Statehouse corridors and cheer outside legislative chambers, Friday, Aug. 5, 2022, as lawmakers vote to concur on a near-total abortion ban, in Indianapolis. (AP Photo/Arleigh Rodgers)

Indiana has become the first state in the U.S. to pass a near-total abortion ban.

The bill was signed Friday evening by Republican Gov. Eric Holcomb, prohibiting most abortions.

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Exceptions were made for cases of rape, incest and to protect the life and physical health of the mother.

The rape and incest exceptions would only apply in the first 10 weeks post-fertilization, and victims are not required to sign a notarized affidavit, which was previously suggested.

In the case that a fetus is diagnosed with a lethal anomaly, an abortion will be allowed, reported Fox News.

Under the bill, abortions can only be performed in hospitals or hospital-owned outpatient centers and all abortion clinics will lose their licenses.

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Additionally, any doctor who performs an illegal abortion or fails to file necessary reports will lose their medical license.

The legislation was approved in a 28 to 19 vote, shortly after the House passed it by a 62 to 38 vote.

Since the Supreme Court overturned Roe v. Wade in June, Indiana is the first state to pass new legislation restricting abortion access.

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“Following the overturning of Roe, I stated clearly that I would be willing to support legislation that made progress in protecting life,” Holcomb said. “In my view, [the abortion law] accomplishes this goal.”

The ban is set to take effect on September 15.


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