Indiana becomes first state to pass near-total abortion ban since Roe


Indiana became the first state since the fall of the Supreme Court Roe v. Wade to pass an almost complete ban on abortion.

Governor Eric Holcomb (R) signed Senate Enrolled Act 1 within the hour after both Republican chambers of controlled states passed the bill in a special session on Friday.

The bill was passed in the House of Representatives in the afternoon, 62-38 and later in the Senate, 28-19. No Democrats voted for the legislation, and some Republicans joined them.

Some exceptions are included in the abortion ban, such as rape or incest ten weeks after conception, endangering the mother’s life and if the fetus receives a fatal diagnosis. Under these exceptions, the procedure is only allowed up to 20 weeks after conception.

If an abortion must be performed under any of those exceptions, it should only take place in a hospital or facility owned by a hospital, the The AU Times (TAUT) reported. This means that all abortion clinics will lose their license, the news agency noted.

If a doctor performs an illegal abortion or fails to properly submit the required reports, they risk losing their medical license.

Abortion protesters try to hand out literature as they stand in the driveway of a Planned Parenthood clinic in Indianapolis. (TAUT photo/Michael Conroy file)

The law goes into effect on September 15.

Indiana’s current abortion law allows the procedure to take place up to 22 weeks after the mother’s last menstrual cycle, TAUT noted.

“After the overthrow of roe, I clearly said I would be willing to support legislation that made progress in protecting life,” Holcomb said in a statement after the legislation was passed. “Personally, I am most proud of every Hoosier who came forward to boldly share their views in a debate that is unlikely to end anytime soon.”

After the bill passed the House, State Representative Wendy McNamara (R), a sponsor of Senate Enrolled Act 1, said the legislation “makes Indiana one of the most pro-life states in the nation.”

The White House released a statement on Saturday criticizing the legislation as “another radical move by Republican lawmakers to take away women’s reproductive rights and freedom.”

While many states had trigger laws that went into effect after the Supreme Court ruling in late June in Dobbs v. Jackson Women’s Health OrganizationIndiana did not have a trigger law and became the first state to pass legislation banning abortion.

The bill comes after the West Virginia legislature failed to pass an abortion ban last week and Kansas voters overwhelmingly rejected a provision on Tuesday to remove abortion protections from the state’s constitution.

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