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Biden administration condemns Indiana’s new ban on abortion: ‘A devastating step’ – National

The administration of President Joe Biden on Saturday condemned Indiana’s new ban on abortions, calling it one other excessive try by Republicans to trample girls’s rights.

Indiana on Friday turned the primary state within the nation to approve such laws for the reason that U.S. Supreme Court overturned a 1973 landmark case that had protected the suitable to abortion nationwide.

“The Indiana Legislature took a devastating step as a result of the Supreme Court’s extreme decision to overturn Roe v. Wade and eliminate women’s constitutionally protected right to abortion,” White House Press Secretary Karine Jean-Pierre mentioned in a press release. “And, it’s another radical step by Republican legislators to take away women’s reproductive rights and freedom, and put personal health care decisions in the hands of politicians rather than women and their doctors.”

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The ban, which takes impact Sept. 15, consists of some exceptions. Abortions can be permitted in instances of rape and incest, earlier than 10-weeks publish-fertilization; to guard the life and bodily well being of the mom; and if a fetus is recognized with a deadly anomaly. Victims of rape and incest received’t be required to signal a notarized affidavit testifying to an assault, as had as soon as been proposed.

Under the invoice, abortions can solely be carried out in hospitals or outpatient facilities owned by hospitals, which means all abortion clinics will lose their licenses. A health care provider who performs an unlawful abortion or fails to file required studies will lose their medical license.

IU Health, Indiana’s largest well being care system, mentioned it was learning the new legislation.

“IU Health’s priority remains ensuring our physicians and patients have clarity when making decisions about pregnancy within the limits of the law. We will take the next few weeks to fully understand the terms of the new law and how to incorporate the changes into our medical practice to protect our providers and care for the people seeking reproductive healthcare,” it mentioned in a press release.

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The Indianapolis Chamber of Commerce urged the General Assembly to proceed with warning.

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“Over the last two weeks, the Indiana General Assembly has debated a substantial policy change on the issue of abortion in a compressed timeframe,” the chamber mentioned in a press release Thursday. “Such an expedited legislative process _ rushing to advance state policy on broad, complex issues _ is, at best, detrimental to Hoosiers, and at worst, reckless.”

The state Senate accepted the ban 28-19 and the Indiana House superior it 62-38. Gov. Eric Holcomb signed the ban into legislation late Friday evening.

Some senators in each events lamented the invoice’s provisions and the affect it will have on the state, together with low-revenue girls and the well being care system. Eight Republicans joined all 11 Democrats in voting in opposition to the invoice, although their causes to thwart the measure have been blended.

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