Indiana has enacted sweeping restrictions on access to abortion. Republican Gov. Eric Holcomb signed the law passed by both Houses of Parliament in the Midwestern United States on Friday evening (local time).
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White House Press Secretary Karine Jean-Pierre referred to this as “devastating step“the consequence of “extreme decision“ of the Supreme Court.
Once the law goes into effect on September 15, Indiana, home to around 6.7 million people, will only be able to have an abortion after rape, incest, a fatal fetal malformation, or if the pregnant woman is at risk of death or serious health problems.
Prior to Indiana, several US states had passed so-called trigger laws banning abortion, pending a Supreme Court ruling, which took effect immediately after the ruling. In Indiana, however, there was no such law, the state had previously had a comparatively liberal abortion law. Abortions were permitted up to the 22nd week.
Alexis McGill Johnson, chair of the Planned Parenthood organization, which advocates for abortion rights, named the law that has now been passed “horrible“ and “devastating“.
US President Joe Biden’s spokeswoman, Jean-Pierre, called on the US Congress in her statement to “immediately“ to enact legislation restoring the rights of women prior to the Supreme Court’s landmark decision.
The Supreme Court delivered the landmark judgment on June 24 “Roe v. calf“ of 1973, which enshrined a nationwide fundamental right to abortion. The decision caused a political earthquake and is considered a historical turning point. Since there is no federal law on abortion, states have since been able to largely or completely ban abortion.
Only on Tuesday in the US state of Kansas, which is conservative like Indiana, voters voted in a referendum to preserve the right to abortions. A clear majority of voters there refused to remove the right to abortion from the state constitution. (AFP)