Law passes near-total ban on abortion in Indiana

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The Indiana legislature has passed an almost complete ban on abortion. Indiana is the first state to pass a new law with stricter rules after the Supreme Court’s landmark decision on abortion. Abortion is allowed only in exceptional cases: after rape, in case of incest, when the fetus is not viable or there is a serious health risk for the mother.

The Senate, dominated by the Republican party, passed the law Friday night (local time) by a vote of 28 to 19. It was then signed by Republican Governor Eric Holscomb. He says in a statement that careful thought has been given to which exceptions should apply. These would take into account the “unimaginable circumstances a woman or an unborn child can face”. The law is expected to enter into force on September 15.

In late June, the U.S. Supreme Court overturned a landmark ruling that guaranteed the right to abortion in the U.S. Constitution for nearly 50 years. Since this right is no longer protected by federal law, states can now impose sweeping restrictions and prohibitions. Republican states, in particular, have already enacted restrictive abortion laws. The result of the Supreme Court ruling is also a patchwork of regulations.

Source: Krone

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