The Indiana Senate Narrowly Approves An Almost Total Abortion Ban

After a tense week of debate over whether to provide exceptions for rape and incest, Indiana state senators narrowly enacted a near-total abortion ban on Saturday during a rare weekend session. It was passed by the Republican-controlled Senate, 26-20, after roughly three hours of deliberation. It now goes to the House of Representatives.

When a fertilized egg implants in a woman’s uterus, the measure would make it illegal to abort the child. While there would be some exceptions made for situations of rape and incest, patients need to sign a notarized statement attesting to the attack if they want an abortion for either of these reasons. Since the Supreme Court of the United States rejected the precedent establishing a nationwide right to abortion last month, Republican-controlled states like Indiana have begun debating stricter abortion regulations.

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However, the Republican Party split over the bill’s inclusion of exceptions for rape and incest, and ten Republican senators voted against it. Before the vote, pro-choice advocates warned that the bill went too far in its scope. As one of the numerous physicians who testified against it, Dr. Roberto Darroca sought an exception to protect the mother’s health. Quick decisions are needed. In the absence of legal assistance, we would be stuck in limbo,” Darroca explained. Can you picture the physician’s dilemma?” Physician’s freedom versus patient and kid life?”

Abortion Opponents Said It Didn’t Go Far Enough.

On Tuesday, Mark Hosbein was part of a large gathering at the Capitol. During Senate committee hearings on the second day of the extraordinary legislative session, protesters could be heard yelling and cheering. Even if it means killing the mother, Holbein of Indianapolis declared that abortion should be legal in all circumstances. To save the baby, he argued that killing the mother was wrong. He argued that killing the infant was wrong to save the mother. “There is a slew of restrictions and limitations in this location. That being the case, I’m here to try and stop it all.

Abortion Health Indiana Indianapolis Legislature
Abortion Health Indiana Indianapolis Legislature

Most Americans agree that their state should allow abortions in certain circumstances, such as when a woman’s life is in jeopardy or when the pregnancy stems from rape or incest. According to a poll by the Associated Press-NORC Center for Public Affairs Research, few people believe abortion should always be outlawed. With 18 Republicans and 10 Democrats voting against eliminating the rape and incest exceptions during Thursday’s Senate voting session, the amendment was defeated by a vote of 28 to 18.

If the package is allowed to move from the Republican-controlled Senate to the GOP-controlled House, those Republicans who opposed the exceptions will be forced to support it. PPAI Indiana’s Nicole Erwin stated Friday that she expected the Senate to pass the bill, followed by the House of Representatives passing a total ban. This has been a long time in the making, Erwin stated. “In the past, we’ve learned that we can anticipate nothing less than a total abortion ban,” he said. “I’ve told myself we will address all this next week,” he said.

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Indiana Right to Life President Mike Fichter stated earlier this week that if they don’t approve legislation during the three-week session, “they must explain to the voters why they have done nothing in Indiana to solve this issue.” Rather than discuss the specifics of the Senate legislation, Republican House Speaker Todd Huston stated his support for the rape and incest exceptions. As he added, “I’ve kind of promised myself that we’ll deal with this all next week.”