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A spokeswoman for President Biden has swept away pro-life lawmakers with a message igniting Indiana’s recent abortion ban.
Republican Indiana Gov. Eric Holcomb signed a bill Friday night banning most abortions.
The White House released a statement on Saturday calling Indiana’s abortion law a “radical step” to overturning women’s reproductive rights.
“The Indiana Legislature has taken a devastating step in the wake of the Supreme Court’s extreme decision to overturn Roe v. Wade and eliminate women’s constitutional right to abortion,” the attaché said. release Karine Jean-Pierre.
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“And it’s another sweeping step by Republican lawmakers to take away women’s reproductive rights and freedoms and put personal health care decisions in the hands of politicians instead of women and their doctors.”
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Indiana law prohibits the procedure except in cases of rape, incest, and to protect the life and physical health of the mother. The exceptions for rape and incest only apply in the first 10 weeks after fertilization. Victims would not be required to sign a notarized affidavit attesting to an attack, which had previously been proposed.
Abortions will also be allowed if a fetus is diagnosed with a life-threatening condition.
“Yesterday’s vote, which establishes a near total ban on abortion in Indiana, should be a signal to Americans across the country to make their voices heard,” Jean-Pierre said, reiterating the long-term strategy to codify the right to abortion through federal legislation. “Congress should also act immediately to pass legislation restoring Roe’s protections – the only way to guarantee a woman’s right to choose nationally.
“Until then, President Biden has pledged to take action to protect women’s reproductive rights and freedoms and access to care provided to them under federal law.”
According to Indiana law, abortions can only be performed in hospitals or hospital-owned outpatient centers. This means that all abortion clinics would lose their license. Doctors who perform an illegal abortion or fail to file required reports will also lose their medical license.
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“Following Roe’s overthrow, I made it clear that I would support legislation that would make progress in protecting life,” Holcomb said in a statement. “In my opinion, [the abortion law] achieved this goal.”
The Indiana Senate approved the legislation 28-19 on Friday, just hours after the House passed it by a 62-38 vote.