Indiana became the first state on Friday to enact a sweeping pro-life law prohibiting most abortions with narrow exceptions, following the Supreme Court’s reversal of Roe v. Wade.
Under the law, signed by Indiana Republican governor Eric Holcomb, the procedure may only be performed when it is necessary to prevent any serious health risk of the pregnant woman or to save the pregnant woman’s life, the fetus is diagnosed with a lethal fetal anomaly, or the pregnancy is a result of rape or incest. There is a window of ten weeks post-fertilization to qualify for the rape and incest exception.
Before the new law was passed, Indiana already had a regulation on the books barring abortions after 20 weeks after fertilization (or 22 weeks after the mother’s last menstrual period).
If an abortion is obtained, certain people are not liable, according to the law. Exempts “from the crime of feticide” include the pregnant mother, a person who provides medical treatment in good faith to a pregnant woman that results in the accidental or unintentional termination of the pregnancy, and a doctor who performs a medical procedure to terminate the pregnancy upon request of the pregnant woman.
Permitted abortions under the law can only be performed in hospitals or outpatient centers owned by hospitals, implying that abortion clinics can no longer be operational. A physician who performs an illegal abortion or does not file the proper paperwork will also lose his medical license.
“Following the overturning of Roe, I stated clearly that I would be willing to support legislation that made progress in protecting life,” Holcomb said in a statement. “In my view, [the abortion law] accomplishes this goal.”
Both chambers of the state legislature overwhelmingly approved the measure, with the Indiana Senate voting 28 to 19 and the