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Indiana Becomes First State to Pass a Comprehensive Pro-Life Bill Since Dobbs

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In a clear sign of the vitality of the pro-life movement in the post-Roe era, Indiana became the first state since the Dobbs Supreme Court ruling overturned Roe v. Wade to pass a wide-ranging pro-life bill that protects most unborn children from abortion, with some exceptions included for cases of rape and incest and to save the life of the mother.

Indiana Governor Eric Holcomb (R) signed Senate Enrolled Act 1 on Friday after the bill passed the state House 62-38 and the Senate 28-19. The legislation, which will take effect on September 15, would revoke the medical license of a doctor who carries out an illegal abortion and will also charge the doctor with feticide, a level 3 felony.

The bill also included exceptions for certain instances in which abortions could be lawfully carried out. These include instances to prevent death or “a serious risk of substantial and irreversible physical impairment of a major bodily function” of the pregnant woman, if the unborn child is diagnosed with a lethal fetal anomaly through 22 weeks or viability, or if the pregnancy is a result of rape or incest through 12 weeks.

The legislation further stipulates that any abortion that fits these criteria must be carried out at a hospital or ambulatory surgical center. Chemical abortions can only be prescribed through 10 weeks and must be in person.

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