Indiana Senate Passes Bill to Ban Most Abortions

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The legislation would ban abortions from the moment a fertilized egg is implanted in a uterus and allow for exceptions in cases of rape, incest and when the mother's life is in danger.

Indiana’s GOP-controlled Senate passed a measure on Saturday to ban most abortions after hours of debate and discussion.

The bill passed the Senate by 26 to 20 during the special session and now goes to the House, which is also controlled by Republicans.

Republican Senator Sue Glick, who drafted the bill, called its passing a “huge step forward in protecting the lives of our state’s unborn children.”

The legislation would ban abortions from the moment a fertilized egg is implanted in a uterus and allow for exceptions in cases of rape, incest and when the mother’s life is in danger. But a woman who wants to have an abortion under the rape and incest exceptions would have to sign a notarized statement confirming the attack.

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The Indiana state Senate passed a nearly complete abortion ban on Saturday.
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Republican Senator Mike Young opposed having exceptions for rape and incest. “Exceptions equate to the death of unborn innocent children,” he said, according to WFYI-TV.

Ten Republicans joined ten Democratic colleagues who oppose Senate Bill 1. One Democrat was absent from Saturday’s debate.

Both Republican and Democratic lawmakers spoke out against the legislation before the vote.

“Women deserve that we protect their lives and free will. Senate Bill 1 nullifies both. We should be ashamed of ourselves,” said GOP Senator Vaneta Becker, pointing out that only eight of the Senate’s 50 members are women.

“We consider dictating medical decisions with blinders and ignorance of the amazing, unintended consequences we are creating,” continued Becker.

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The legislation would ban abortions from the moment a fertilized egg is implanted in a uterus and allow for exceptions in cases of rape, incest and when the mother’s life is in danger.

Glick said she was not “100% happy” with the legislation, but that she could “live with it”.

And Democratic Senator Tim Lanane rejected the bill as a result of a male-dominated lawmaker seeking to limit what pregnant women can do with their bodies.

“This is the government, the male-dominated government of the state of Indiana, telling the women of this state, you lose your choice,” he said. “We’ve told you – daddy state, big state government – ​​is going to tell you what you’re going to do with your body. And I don’t think we’re ready for that.”

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Ten Republicans joined 10 Democratic colleagues who oppose Senate Bill 1.

Ten Republicans joined 10 Democratic colleagues who oppose Senate Bill 1.
(AP Photo/Gemunu Amarasinghe)

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The changes to the bill proposed by the House could come as early as next week, as lawmakers enter the second week of the three-week special session.

House Speaker Todd Huston declined to comment on the details of the Senate bill Friday, but said he supports exceptions for rape and incest.

The Associated Press contributed to this report.

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