Indiana has passed a state law that makes abortion illegal: it is the first state in the United States to draft, discuss and pass a new law that limits access to abortion after the Supreme Court last June 24 of the United States had overturned the 1973 ruling known as “Roe v. Wade ”, which guaranteed the right to abortion at the federal level.
Many states ruled by the Republicans had prepared special laws that were designed to take effect immediately after the decision of the judges, called “trigger laws”, and so it had been.
Indiana did not have a law ready, but it is precisely the first state to have prepared and approved it after the sentence: it had started to discuss the possibility of banning abortion immediately after the decision of the Supreme Court.
The new law was passed by the two state chambers, both Republican majority, then went to Republican Governor Eric Holcomb, who signed it on Friday night.
The Indiana Senate passed the bill with 29 votes in favor and 19 against, the House with 61 votes in favor and 39 against. The law provides for some exceptions to the prohibition: it allows abortion in the event of a serious risk to a woman’s life or in the case of serious fetal abnormalities, and admits it in cases of rape and incest, but only up to the tenth week of pregnancy. The introduction of the exceptions divided the Republicans: some of them wanted the ban to be absolute.
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