White House condemns ‘devastating’ abortion ban — RT World News

The White House on Saturday described a brand new ban on nearly all abortions in Indiana as “devastating,” and known as on Congress to make abortion entry a authorized proper nationwide.

Indiana Governor Eric Holcomb signed the ban into legislation on Friday, after it handed each chambers of the Republican-controlled state legislature. The legislation, which takes impact on September 15, outlaws all abortions besides in circumstances of rape and incest, the place the mom’s life is at risk, or if an unborn child is recognized with a deadly abnormality.

Hospitals would be the solely areas allowed to carry out the procedures, that means the state’s seven abortion clinics will probably be shut down. Doctors who carry out unlawful abortions will lose their medical licenses.

White House Press Secretary Karine Jean-Pierre described the legislation’s passage as a “devastating step” and “another radical step by Republican legislators to take away women’s reproductive rights and freedom.”


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“Yesterday’s vote, which institutes a near-total abortion ban in Indiana, should be a signal to Americans across the country to make their voices heard,” Jean-Pierre continued. “Congress should also act immediately to pass a law restoring the protections of Roe – the only way to secure a woman’s right to choose nationally,” she concluded.

Congress has by no means handed a legislation allowing abortion, and states traditionally set their very own insurance policies on the problem. That scenario modified in 1973 when the Supreme Court dominated within the case of Roe v. Wade that the Constitution’s proper to privateness coated a lady’s proper to terminate her being pregnant. 

Combined with later case legislation, Roe v. Wade allowed abortions to be carried out with out “undue burden,” a authorized normal that abortion advocates and opponents fought bitterly over till the Supreme Court overturned the ruling in June, returning abortion legislation to the state degree. Writing the bulk opinion, Justice Samuel Alito argued that Roe v. Wade rested on an “egregiously wrong” and “exceptionally weak” interpretation of the Constitution.

Indiana’s new laws is the primary post-Roe ban on abortion to be accredited by a state legislature and change into legislation. West Virginia lawmakers opted to delay passage of the same invoice final month, whereas voters in Kansas selected final week to not take away the suitable to abortion from the State Constitution.

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Some 13 US states had so-called ‘trigger bans’ on their books, that means that the majority abortions immediately grew to become unlawful, or a countdown was set towards illegality, the second that Roe v. Wade was overturned. Accordingly, abortion is now banned in all circumstances with no exceptions in ten states, whereas an additional two – Idaho and the above-mentioned Indiana – will quickly impose equally hardline bans. Three extra states have applied bans after six weeks of being pregnant, whereas Florida has banned the process after 15 weeks. All of those bans and restrictions have been challenged by pro-abortion activists.

Jean-Pierre’s name to Congress will seemingly go unheeded. An try and codify and develop Roe v. Wade’s protections into legislation failed in May, and even when the Senate’s 50 Democrats have been united in supporting such a invoice, they’d nonetheless be in need of the 60-vote majority wanted to beat unanimous opposition from the higher chamber’s 50 Republicans.

President Joe Biden has stated that he would assist ending the Senate’s 60-vote filibuster rule solely to cross this laws.

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