Indianapolis, India. ( Associated Press) — President Joe Biden’s administration on Saturday condemned Indiana’s new abortion ban, saying it was another extreme attempt by Republicans to trample on women’s rights.
On Friday, Indiana became the first US state to pass such a law as the US Supreme Court overturned a landmark 1973 ruling that protected abortion nationally.
“The Indiana legislature took a disastrous step in the wake of the Supreme Court’s extreme decision to overturn Roe v. White House press secretary Karine Jean-Pierre in a statement to “abolish women’s constitutionally protected right to abortion and “This is another radical move by Republican lawmakers to take away women’s reproductive rights and freedoms by placing individual health decisions in the hands of politicians rather than women and their doctors.”
The ban, which came into effect from September 15, includes some exceptions. In cases of rape and incest, abortion will be allowed before 10 weeks of fertilization, in order to protect the health of the mother and if a fatal defect has been diagnosed in the fetus. As was once proposed, victims of rape and incest would not be required to sign an affidavit confirming the assault.
Under the law, abortions can only be performed in hospitals or hospital-owned outpatient facilities, meaning abortion clinics will lose their licenses. A doctor who performs an abortion illegally or fails to file the required report will lose his or her license to practice.
IU Health, the largest health care network in Indiana, said it is studying the new law.
“IU’s priority is to ensure that our doctors and patients have clarity when making decisions about pregnancy within the confines of the law. We need to fully understand the terms of the new law and protect our providers and reproductive health care seekers.” It will take us the next few weeks to fully understand how to incorporate changes into our medical practice to care for individuals.”
The Indianapolis Chamber of Commerce called on the state legislature to proceed with caution, saying, “Such an accelerated legislative process … is, at the very least, harmful to Indiana residents and, at best, unwise.”
The state Senate approved the bill 28–19 and the lower house approved 62–38. Gov. Eric Holcomb signed it into law on Friday night.