Ind. Gov. Holcomb signs bill banning nearly all abortions into law

Indiana House and Senate pass abortion ban
Published: Aug. 5, 2022 at 5:17 PM CDT|Updated: Aug. 5, 2022 at 9:23 PM CDT
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INDIANAPOLIS (WFIE) - A bill that ratifies a near-total ban on abortion has officially been signed into law by Indiana Gov. Eric Holcomb.

Gov. Holcomb officially signed the bill into law late Friday.

On Friday night, the Indiana Senate voted to accept Senate Bill 1 with a 28-19 vote.

Earlier in the day, the House passed the bill, which bans all abortions in the state except in cases of rape, incest, when the mother’s life is at risk, or when the fetus is facing fatal anomalies.

In each of those cases, an abortion would only be allowed if done up to a certain number of weeks.

In its time in the House, the bill faced a number of amendments, including those that would have removed some of the exceptions to the abortion ban.

Republican Representative Wendy McNamara, who serves parts of Vanderburgh and Posey Counties and co-sponsored the bill, voted against some of these amendments.

”It was clear from the beginning, we did not want to criminalize doctors and we did not want to criminalize women; and some of those amendments would have done just that,” said McNamara.

Those in opposition to the bill think it limits the rights of women to make decisions about their own bodies. One of these is Democratic Representative Ryan Hatfield, who represents Evansville.

”Rather than codifying and protecting a woman’s freedom to act in society as equals, today this bill relegates women as second-class citizens, not free to make their own healthcare choices,” said Hatfield.

The bill passed in the House with a vote of 62-38.

Out of the 71 Republicans in the House, nine of them voted against the bill. Each House Democrat voted against it as well.

Officials say the bill will go into effect starting Sept. 15.

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