“I am personally most proud of every Hoosier who has courageously come forward to voice their opinions in a debate that is unlikely to end soon,” Governor Eric Holcomb said in the announcement. He has signed the measure. “As your governor, I will keep an open ear on my behalf.”
Their approval came after Indiana’s Senate approved the ban 28-19 and House members pushed it 62-38.
Indiana was among the first Republican state legislatures to debate stricter abortion laws. The Supreme Court decision in June That eliminated constitutional protections for the procedure. But it is the first state to ban both houses. On July 29, after West Virginia legislators passed up the chance to become a state.
“It’s a pleasure to be done with this, one of the more challenging tasks that we’ve done as a state General Assembly, at least certainly when I am here”. “I think it’s a huge opportunity, and we’re going to build on it as we move forward from here.”
Sen. of LaGrange. Sue Glick, who sponsored the bill, said she doesn’t think “all states will come to the same place” but that most Indiana residents support aspects of the bill.
Some senators from both parties lamented the bill’s provisions and their impact on the state, including on low-income women and the health care system. Eight Republicans joined all 11 Democrats in voting against the bill, though their reasons for defeating the measure were mixed.
“We’re taking a step back toward democracy,” said Democratic Sen. Jean Breaux of Indianapolis, who on Friday wore a green ribbon indicating support for abortion rights. “What other freedoms, what other liberties are on the chopping block, waiting to be taken away?”
Republican Sen. Mike Bohacek of Michiana Shores spoke about his 21-year-old daughter, who has Down syndrome. Bohasek voted against the bill, saying it lacked adequate protections for women with disabilities who are victims of rape.
“If she loses her favorite stuffed animal, she’ll be invincible. Imagine her carrying a baby to term,” he said before he choked, then his. He threw the notes on his seat and left the chamber.
Senator Mike Young, Republican of Indianapolis, however, said the bill’s enforcement provisions against doctors are not strong enough.
Such debates reflected Indiana residents’ own divisions on the issue, reflected in hours of testimony from lawmakers over the past two weeks. Residents on all sides of the issue rarely, if ever, supported the legislation, as abortion rights advocates said the bill went too far while anti-abortion activists expressed that it Doesn’t go far enough.
The debates come amid an evolving landscape of abortion politics across the country as Republicans face some of the party’s split and Democrats see a potential surge in an election year.
Rep. Wendy McNamara, R-Evansville, who sponsored the House bill, told reporters after the House vote that the legislation “makes Indiana one of the most pro-life states in the country.”
Outside the chambers, abortion rights activists often chanted at the lawmakers’ remarks, holding signs such as “Cry Your Vote” and “Build This Wall” between church and state. Some House Democrats wore blazers over pink “Bans Off our Bodies” T-shirts.
Indiana’s proposed ban also came after the political volcano erupted A 10-year-old rape victim who traveled to the state from neighboring Ohio to terminate her pregnancy. Problem Got attention When an Indianapolis doctor said the baby was due to Indiana. Ohio bans “fetal heartbeat”
In testimony from residents and comments from lawmakers, religion was a constant theme during the special session.
In advocating against the House bill, Republicans were condemned by Republicans who have called women “murderers” for having abortions.
“I think the Lord’s promise is for grace and kindness,” she said. “He will not jump to condemn these women.”