Indiana lawmakers on Friday passed an abortion bill that bans the procedure with very few exceptions, making it the first state to pass such a bill since Roe v. Wade was overturned by the Supreme Court in June.
Known as SB1, the GOP-led state Senate 28-19 voted to accept the bill after it passed the Republican-controlled State House 62-38 earlier in the day.
The bill replaces the current 22-week state abortion ban with a near-total abortion ban. There are exceptions if the woman’s life is in danger and in the event of rape or incest up to 10 weeks of gestation.
Under the bill, patients cannot use telehealth medicine to request an abortion and must see a provider in person.
This bill “makes Indiana one of the most pro-life states in the country,” said Republican Representative Wendy McNamara, who sponsored the legislation. said at a press conference after the House voted to pass the bill.
He is now heading to Governor Eric Holcomb’s office. Holcomb is expected to sign the bill and it would come into effect on September 15.
Earlier last week, the state Senate passed several amendments to the bill, including removing the rape or incest exceptions.
Republican Senator Michael Young, who introduced the amendment, said at the time that “exceptions equal death.”
“And what you’re telling me is if they rape the woman, we should kill the baby,” Young said during the debate, according to local reports. “It’s not fair, and I will never accept it.”
However, the amendment failed to pass by a 28-18 vote, with 18 Republicans siding with Democrats in keeping the rape and incest exceptions in place.
State House Republicans also attempted on Thursday to remove the rape or incest exceptions from the bill, but that failed in a vote.
The House also amended some language in the Senate version of the bill. The Senate bill allowed abortions for rape and incest in girls 16 and older up to eight weeks gestation and up to 12 weeks for those 15 and younger, which the House changed to 10 weeks for all victims, regardless of age.
Additionally, the House deleted a portion of the bill requiring victims of rape and incest to sign an affidavit certifying that the attack occurred before they were allowed to have an abortion.