UPDATE (July 21, 2022):
INDIANAPOLIS, Ind. (ADAMS) – The only way Indiana women can get abortions under the state’s proposed new abortion law would be if they are raped or their lives are in danger.
Indiana Senate Republicans unveiled the new legislation on Wednesday. It would ban all abortions except in cases of rape, incest or to save the life of the mother.
Senate President Rodric Bray said the purpose of the new law was to “protect life”.
The legislation would not ban the morning after pill or many medical procedures for pregnancy failure.
Women who claim to need an abortion because of rape would not have to file a police report but would have to sign an affidavit.
Voting on the plan begins next week.
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Reactions from Indiana Democrats came after the legislation was unveiled on Wednesday, July 20.
State Sen. Jean Breaux (D-Indianapolis) issued the following statement:
“The supermajority accomplished the bare minimum by including exceptions for rape, incest and maternal life in their bill. However, this extreme legislation takes away a woman’s right to choose and ignores the complicated and personal medical decisions that arise during pregnancy. It is also absurd that this legislation is not going to the health committee, which is clearly the most relevant committee for this legislation. ”
“Roe v. Wade was established law for almost 50 years, a woman has the right to bodily autonomy and should have the freedom to make those decisions with her doctor, her family and her faith if she chooses. Today’s proposal will have a devastating impact on women, especially low-income and minority women who do not have immediate access to health care. The Republican supermajority should leave our current law in place and instead focus all of our attention on policies that will improve our maternal and infant mortality rates and support healthy mothers and babies.
Senate Democratic Leader Greg Taylor (D-Indianapolis) released the following statement:
“A ban on abortion will lead to the death of women. Period. When pregnant women cannot access vital elements of health care, they are at greater risk of having their pregnancy end in death, especially if they already have health problems or illnesses.
“It is unfortunate that our legislature is taking such drastic action to restrict women’s access to health care, especially when we know this goes against the advice of health care providers, the cries of women and requests from the Hoosiers.
“It is also unfortunate that this bill is being sent to the Committee on Rules and Legislative Procedure rather than Health Services and Providers, where it belongs. This is a health issue – legislators reviewing health legislation who have a better understanding and understanding of health issues should be the first to deliberate on this proposal. I also think it would have made more sense for this bill to go to the health committee, six of whose members are women. There are no relevant committees that this bill could have gone to with fewer women than the Rules Committee.
“Everything from the language of the proposed bill to the legislative process surrounding it is concerning, and my caucus will fight with everything we have for women and Hoosiers across the state. We also urge everyone to pay close attention to the actions of the so-called “pro-life” supermajority throughout this special session – that’s when the supermajority will have to make it very clear whether they support actually life or simply forced birth.
Senate Minority Leader Greg Taylor represents Senate District 33, which includes parts of Wayne, Pike, Washington and Center townships in Marion County.
INDIANAPOLIS, Ind. (ADAMS) – We’re finally getting to see what’s included in Indiana’s future abortion law.
Republicans in the state Senate will unveil their proposal later today.
The new law will restrict abortion in the state, but no one is saying how restrictive it will be. Some Republicans have called for a total ban on abortion in the state, while others are seeking exceptions and even a time limit for women to end their pregnancies.
Indiana lawmakers are scheduled to return to the Capitol next week to begin voting on the plan.
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