Indiana became the first state in the country after the fall of America Law vs. Wade After Gov. Eric Holcomb (a Republican) signed a bill Friday that would almost completely ban abortion procedures,

The Republican-dominated state Senate approved the bill Friday 28-19 in a vote held just hours after it passed the Indiana House of Representatives. The bill, which goes into effect on September 15, will only allow abortions in cases of rape, incest, fatal fetal abnormalities, or when the procedure is necessary to prevent serious health risks or death.

Abortion rights supporters flocked the corridors of the Indiana State Capitol all day as lawmakers cast their votes. Some held placards that read, “Only safe abortion can be prohibited” and “Abortion is a health care.”

In a statement released shortly after signing the bill, Holcomb said he had “clearly stated” egg that he would gladly support abortion laws. He also highlighted “carefully negotiated” exceptions to the law, which he said address “some of the most unimaginable situations women and unborn children may face.”

Before granting the exception, Republican lawmakers disagreed about how far the law should go, and some Republicans sided with Democrats in demanding that abortion be legalized in cases of rape and incest.

Abortion rights groups quickly condemned the law. Alexis McGill Johnson, president and CEO of the Planned Parenthood Federation of America, said the vote would be “cruel and devastating for pregnant people and their families throughout Indiana and the region.” would,’ he said.

“The Hoosiers didn’t want this,” Johnson said.

In a statement, the anti-abortion group Right to Life, Indiana, opposed the exception, saying the new law would not be enough to cut off access to abortion.

Kansas adamantly rejects amendment aimed at limiting abortion rights

Indiana’s Republican move to limit access to abortion stands in stark contrast to overwhelming support from Kansas voters. Likely to boost hope Law vs. Wade It will energize voters ahead of the midterm elections and give them reason to consider the potential impact if Republicans pursue tougher abortion regulations.

Unlike many of its largely conservative neighbors in the Midwest, Indiana did not have a “trigger law” that would immediately ban abortion. egg overturned. The procedure was legal in the state until her 22nd week, making Indiana a destination for many seeking abortions.

May block this “critical access point” force people to travel The American Civil Liberties Union said, “I’ve traveled hundreds of miles and gotten pregnant against my will.

Recently, a 10-year-old rape victim had to travel to Indianapolis for an abortion after being denied an abortion in her home state of Ohio. The case sparked outrage among abortion rights advocates, was criticized by President Biden, and received international attention.

Dr. Caitlin Bernard, an obstetrician who provided care, faced intimidation and harassment. Her legal team is considering filing a defamation lawsuit against the Indiana Attorney General, whose office is investigating how the abortion case was handled.

Kim Bellware contributed to this report.

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