Indiana Republican Gov. Eric Holcomb signed a bill Friday evening prohibiting most abortions.
The new law bans the procedure except in cases of rape, incest and to protect the life and physical health of the mother. The rape and incest exceptions only apply in the first 10 weeks post-fertilization. Victims would not be required to sign a notarized affidavit attesting to an attack, which had previously been proposed.
According to the bill, abortions can only be performed in hospitals or outpatient centers owned by hospitals. This means all abortion clinics would lose their licenses. A doctor who performs an illegal abortion or fails to file necessary reports will also lose their medical license.
Indiana Republican Gov. Eric Holcomb signed a bill Friday evening prohibiting most abortions. (AP)
Indiana is the first state in the nation to approve new legislation restricting abortion access since the Supreme Court overturned Roe v. Wade in June. It became the first state to pass a ban through both chambers of the Legislature after West Virginia lawmakers passed up the opportunity to be the first on July 29.
“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 a statement. “In my view, [the abortion law] accomplishes this goal.”
The Indiana Senate approved the legislation 28 to 19 on Friday, just hours after the House passed it by a 62 to 38 vote.
GOP Rep. Wendy McNamara told reporters after the vote in the House that the legislation makes Indiana “one of the most pro-life states in the nation.”
The Indiana Senate approved the abortion ban 28 to 19 on Friday, just hours after the House passed it by a 62 to 38 vote. Gov. Eric Holcomb then signed it almost immediately after it hit his desk. (AP Photo/Ross D. Franklin)
“To the people of Indiana, let me assure you that the democratic process marches on, and you should continue to reach out to all your elected representatives to have your voice heard,” Holcomb said in his statement. “Looking back, I am personally most proud of each Hoosier who came forward to courageously share their views in a debate that is unlikely to cease any time soon. For my part as your governor, I will continue to keep an open ear.”
Indiana Senate Democrats lashed over the ban on Twitter.
The group wrote, “A massive government overreach. State-mandated pregnancy. A rollback of women’s rights. A failure of democracy. Call it what you want – it’s a stain on our state.”
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