Biden administration condemns new Indiana abortion ban
INDIANAPOLIS — President Joe Biden’s administration condemned on Saturday Indiana’s New Abortion Ban calling it another extreme attempt by Republicans to trample on women’s rights.
Indiana on Friday became the first state in the nation to approve such legislation since the United States Supreme Court struck down a landmark 1973 case that protected the right to abortion nationwide.
“The Indiana Legislature has taken a devastating step in the wake of the Supreme Court’s extreme decision to overturn Roe v. Wade and eliminate women’s constitutional right to abortion,” the attaché said. White House press secretary Karine Jean-Pierre in a statement. another sweeping step by Republican lawmakers to take away women’s reproductive rights and freedoms and put personal health care decisions in the hands of politicians rather than women and their doctors.
The ban, which takes effect on September 15, includes some exceptions. Abortions will be authorized in cases of rape and incest, before 10 weeks after fertilization; protect the life and physical health of the mother; and if a fetus is diagnosed with a fatal abnormality. Victims of rape and incest will not be required to sign a notarized affidavit attesting to an assault, as previously proposed.
Under the bill, abortions can only be performed in hospitals or hospital-owned outpatient centers, meaning all abortion clinics will lose their license. A physician who performs an illegal abortion or fails to file required reports will lose their medical license.
IU Health, Indiana’s largest health care system, said it was studying the new law.
“IU Health’s priority remains ensuring our physicians and patients have clarity when making decisions about pregnancy within the bounds of the law. We will take 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 care for people seeking reproductive health care,” he said in a statement. .
The Indianapolis Chamber of Commerce urged the General Assembly to proceed with caution.
“Over the past two weeks, the Indiana General Assembly has debated substantial policy change on the issue of abortion in a shortened timeframe,” the chamber said in a statement Thursday. “Such a rushed legislative process — rushing to advance state policy on broad and complex issues — is, at best, damaging to Hoosiers, and at worst, reckless.”
The state Senate approved the ban 28-19 and the Indiana House advanced it 62-38. Governor Eric Holcomb signed the ban into law late Friday night.
Some senators from both parties lamented the provisions of the bill and the impact it would have on the state, including low-income women and the health care system. Eight Republicans joined 11 Democrats in voting against the bill, though their reasons for thwarting the measure were mixed.
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