In the US state of Indiana, women can no longer have abortions except in cases of rape, incest, or when their lives are in danger. Indiana is the first US state to replace a Supreme Court ruling on abortion with its own law. The ruling ended the Roe v. Wade case that had guaranteed abortion rights across the country for more than 50 years.
Beginning in mid-September, women in Indiana, U.S.A., will no longer be permitted to have abortions with a few exceptions. Abortion is permitted even if the mother’s life is in danger or if the fetus cannot survive. Women have to go to the hospital and all abortion centers lose their licenses.
Indiana’s bill was signed into law last night by Republican Gov. Eric Holcomb. He was pre-approved in two Houses of the Indiana Legislature. There, the debate quickly kicked off after the U.S. Supreme Court overturned a nationwide abortion right that he had in place for 50 years in June.
Indiana is a Republican state. However, opinions remained divided. For example, eight Republican senators voted against the bill, joining 11 Democrats. One reason was that they feared the law would punish low-income women.
Indiana thus becomes the first U.S. state to enact its own legislation to repeal Roe v. Wade. Last week, Kansas surprisingly voted against tougher abortion laws.