INDIANAPOLIS (TSTIME) — The administration of President Joe Biden on Saturday condemned the new abortion ban in Indiana, calling it another extreme attempt by Republicans to trample on women’s rights.
Indiana Friday became the first state in the nation to pass such legislation since the U.S. Supreme Court quashed a landmark 1973 case that had protected the right to abortion nationwide.
“The Indiana legislature has taken a devastating step as a result of the Supreme Court’s extreme decision to overthrow Roe v. Wade and abolish women’s constitutionally protected right to abortion,” said Karine Jean-Pierre, press secretary of the state. White House in a statement. another radical move by Republican lawmakers to take away women’s reproductive rights and freedom and put personal health care decisions in the hands of politicians rather than women and their doctors.”
The ban, which comes into effect on September 15, includes some exceptions. Abortions will be allowed in cases of rape and incest, before 10 weeks after conception; to protect the life and physical health of the mother; and if a fetus is diagnosed with a fatal abnormality. Victims of rape and incest are not required to sign a notarized affidavit confirming an attack, as was once proposed.
Under the bill, abortions can only be performed in hospitals or outpatient clinics owned by hospitals, meaning all abortion clinics will lose their license. A doctor who performs an illegal abortion or fails to submit the required reports will lose his medical license.
IU Health, Indiana’s largest health care system, said it was studying the new law.
“IU Health’s priority remains to ensure that our physicians and patients have clarity when making pregnancy decisions within the limits of the law. We will take time in the coming weeks to fully understand the terms of the new law and how we can incorporate the changes in our medical practice to protect our healthcare providers and care for the people seeking reproductive health care,” a statement said. .
The Indianapolis Chamber of Commerce urged the General Assembly to proceed with caution.
“For the past two weeks, the Indiana General Assembly has been debating a substantial policy change on abortion in a compressed timeframe,” the chamber said in a statement Thursday. “Such an accelerated legislative process — rushing to advance state policy on broad, complex issues — is harmful at best to Hoosiers and reckless at worst.”
The state senate passed the ban 28-19 and the Indiana House moved it 62-38. Gov. Eric Holcomb signed the ban into law late Friday night.
Some senators in both parties deplored the bill’s provisions and the impact it would have on the state, including low-income women and the health care system. Eight Republicans joined all 11 Democrats in voting against the bill, though their reasons for thwarting the measure were mixed.
Find TSTIME’s full coverage of Roe v. Wade’s overthrow at: https://apnews.com/hub/abortion