Indiana becomes 1st state to approve abortion ban post Roe

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Indiana on Friday became the first state in the nation to approve abortion restrictions

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since the U.S. Supreme Court overturned Roe v. Wade, as the Republican governor quickly signed a near-total ban on the procedure shortly after lawmakers approved it.

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The ban, which takes effect Sept. 15, includes some exceptions. Abortions would be permitted in cases of rape and incest

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before 10-weeks post-fertilization; to protect the life and physical health of the mother; and if a fetus is diagnosed with a lethal anomaly.

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Victims of rape and incest would not be required to sign a notarized affidavit attesting to an attack, as had once been proposed.

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Under the bill, abortions can be performed only in hospitals or outpatient centers owned by hospitals, meaning all abortion clinics would lose their licenses.

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A doctor who performs an illegal abortion or fails to file required reports must also lose their medical license — wording that tightens current Indiana law that says a doctor “may” lose their license.

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"I am personally most proud of each Hoosier who came forward to courageously share their views in a debate that is unlikely to cease any time soon

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Gov. Eric Holcomb said in the statement announcing that he had signed the measure. “For my part as your governor, I will continue to keep an open ear.”

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His approval came after the Senate approved the ban 28-19 and the House advanced it 62-38.