Indiana Senate Passes Near-Total Abortion Ban

The Indiana State Senate has voted in favor of making most abortions illegal.

During a special weekend session Saturday, the Indiana Senate passed a bill with a near-total ban on abortion.

The only exceptions to the rule will be cases where pregnancy was the result of rape or incest or situations where the mother’s life is threatened.

Currently, Indiana allows abortions for pregnant women up to 20 weeks but under the new rules, people will have to sign an affidavit stating “rape or incest” in case of termination of pregnancy.

The Gateway Pundit reports: The lawmakers voted 26-20 to pass the bill, known as SB-1, with no Democrat voting in favor, according to The Associated Press. With 10 Republicans joining Democrats in voting against, the bill passed the minimum threshold for sending it to the House, the AP reported.

The vote makes Indiana set to become one of the first states to impose fresh restrictions on abortion after the Supreme Court struck down Roe v. Wade in late June, the AP reported.

According to the AP, should the bill be signed into law by Gov. Eric Holcomb, abortions would be illegal from the time of conception.

The only exceptions to the rule are cases of pregnancy through rape and incest or situations where the mother’s life is threatened, the news service reported.

In cases of rape and incest, meeting the exceptions would require patients to sign a notarized affidavit attesting to the circumstances, the AP reported.

Although the bill received support from most Republicans in the state Senate, some conservative lawmakers dissented.

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