Indiana Republicans propose banning abortion with exceptions

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INDIANAPOLIS (AP) — Leaders of Indiana’s Republican-dominated Senate on Wednesday proposed banning abortion with limited exceptions — a move that comes amid a political firestorm over a 10-year-old rape victim who came to the state from neighboring Ohio to end her pregnancy.

The proposal will be taken up during a special legislative session that is scheduled to begin Monday, making Indiana one of the first Republican-run states to debate tighter abortion laws following the U.S. Supreme Court decision last month overturning Roe v. Wade. The Supreme Court ruling is expected to lead to abortion bans in roughly half the states.

The Indiana proposal would allow exceptions to the ban, such as in cases of rape, incest or to protect a woman’s life. Its fate is uncertain, though, because some hardline Republicans want to ban all abortions.

Ohio’s so-called fetal heartbeat law, which bans abortions after a fetus’ heartbeat can be detected — typically in around the sixth week of pregnancy — led the 10-year-old rape victim to go to Indiana to get a medication-induced abortion on June 30, according to the doctor who performed it.

5 COMMENTS

  1. Abortion on-demand is disgusting and should be illegal. Somehow, society needs to change to embrace and respect the Life within a life….not sure how or why that position could ever be controversial.

  2. NO exceptions! — Allowing “exceptions” devalues human life. Either human life is sacrosanct, or it is not. When “exceptions” are allowed, you allow the war to define at what point human life has value to continue forever. Human life has ultimate value from the moment of conception to the moment of natural death. Legislate in accordance with this fact — NO exceptions.

  3. what the Associated Press means by “hardline Republicans” is all sane people who value human life — y’all remember how “safe, legal, and rare” morphed into “right up to the moment of birth”? — NO exceptions

  4. Don’t agree with abortions, but double edged sword, most of people getting abortions are those who shouldn’t have kids. Probably should be careful what we ask for, more America hating, police hating people who will bring down our great country. Also you know who they would vote for.

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