President Joe Biden’s administration on Saturday condemned Indiana’s new abortion ban, calling it another extreme attempt by Republicans to trample on women’s rights.
Indiana on Friday became the nation’s first state to pass such legislation since the U.S. Supreme Court overturned a landmark 1973 case that had protected abortion rights statewide.
“The Indiana legislature took a devastating step as a result of the Supreme Court’s extreme decision Roe v. Wade and abolish women’s constitutionally protected abortion rights,” White House Press Secretary Karine Jean-Pierre said in a statement. “And it’s another radical move by Republican lawmakers to strip women of their reproductive rights and freedoms and put personal health care decisions in the hands of politicians, rather than women and their doctors.”
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The ban, which comes into effect on September 15, includes a few exceptions. Abortions are allowed in cases of rape and incest before 10 weeks after fertilization; to protect the life and physical health of the mother; and when a fetus is diagnosed with a fatal abnormality. Victims of rape and incest are not required to sign a notarized affidavit of assault, as was previously suggested.
Under the law, abortions can only be performed in hospitals or outpatient centers owned by hospitals, meaning all abortion clinics are losing their licenses. A doctor who performs an illegal abortion or fails to file the required reports will lose their medical license.
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IU Health, Indiana’s largest health system, said it is studying the new law.
“IU Health’s priority remains ensuring that our physicians and patients have clarity when making decisions about pregnancy within the legal boundaries. It will take us the next few weeks to fully understand the terms of the new law and how to incorporate the changes into our medical practice to protect our providers and serve those people seeking reproductive health care,” the statement said .
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The Indianapolis Chamber of Commerce urged the General Assembly to tread carefully.
“For the past two weeks, the Indiana General Assembly has debated, in a compressed time frame, a significant change in abortion policy,” the chamber said in a statement Thursday. “Such an accelerated legislative process, designed to advance state policy on broad, complex issues, is detrimental to Hoosiers at best and ruthless at worst.”
The state Senate approved the ban 28-19 and the Indiana House advanced it 62-38. Gov. Eric Holcomb signed the ban late Friday night.
Some senators from both parties bemoaned the bill’s provisions and the impact it would have on the state, including low-income women and the health care system. Eight Republicans joined all 11 Democrats to vote against the law, though their reasons for thwarting the measure were mixed.
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