‘Not Her Body, Not Her Choice’: Indiana Legislature Passes Nearly Complete Abortion Ban


Indiana became the first state in the country since Roe. v. Wade was toppled to pass an almost complete abortion ban Friday night.

The big picture: The ban comes after the Supreme Court’s decision to overturn Roe v. Wade sent the issue of abortion rights back to the states. Many Republican states have already started taking steps to ban the procedure, but Indiana is the first to pass a bill following the ruling.

Zoom in: Indiana Governor Eric Holcomb signed the bill late Friday night after the Indiana House and Senate passed the bill earlier that day.

  • The ban will take effect from September 15.
  • Under the bill, abortions can be performed in hospitals or outpatient clinics owned by hospitals. This means that abortion clinics lose licenses in Indiana.
  • Doctors who perform, or fail to report, an illegal abortion will also lose their license under the new law, the The Singapore Time reports.
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Yes but: The ban includes some exceptions, including cases of rape, incest, if the fetus is diagnosed as having a fatal abnormality and cases to protect the mother’s life, the TSTIME reports.

Of interest: Indiana currently allows abortions up to 20 weeks after conception (or 22 weeks after the mother’s last menstrual period), TSTIME reports.

What they say: White House Press Secretary Karine Jean-Pierre said in a statement Saturday that the Indiana legislature has “taken a devastating step” to “abolish women’s constitutionally protected right to abortion.”

  • She said the vote is “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.”
  • Government Holcomb said in the statement he was “most proud of every Hoosier who came forward to boldly share their views in a debate that is unlikely to end anytime soon. For my part as your governor, I will continue to keep an open ear.”
  • Rep. John Jacob (R), who previously supported a total abortion ban, said the abortion law was not strong enough, the Indy Star reports.
  • “The body in the mother’s body is not her body,” he said, according to the Washington Post. Let me repeat that: the body in the mother’s body is not her body. Not her body, not her choice.”
  • Rep. Wendy McNamara (R)who sponsored the bill said the new legislation “makes Indiana one of the most pro-life states in the nation.”
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  • Rep. Renee Pack (D) told the room that she had an abortion in 1990 and that she had to choose between having an abortion or continuing her military career, the Indy Star reports.
  • “Sir, I’m not a murderer,” she said. “And my sisters aren’t murderers either. We are pro choice. That’s what we are.’
  • sen. Mike Bohacek (R) couldn’t finish his testimony on the bill because he talked about protecting rape victims with disabilities.
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What to watch: Eli Lilly and Co., one of Indiana’s largest employers, said in response to the ban that it “will be forced to plan for more employment growth outside our own state”.

  • Jon Mills, a spokesman for engine manufacturer Cummins, which employs 10,000 people in Indiana, said in a statement to the New York Times that the law “will affect our people and hinder our ability to attract and retain top talent.”
  • Mills told NYT that “prior to and during the legislative process, we shared our concerns about this legislation with legislative leadership.”

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Editor’s Note: This story has been updated to include a statement from the White House Press Secretary and to add quotes from Jon Mills.



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