In the wake of Roe v. Wade being overturned by the U.S. Supreme Court, a number of red-leaning states were predicted to quickly pass legislation that would severely restrict or totally ban abortions, and one state is leading the way.
According to the Washington Examiner, Indiana officially became the first state to sign into law a bill that completely bans abortions, with few exceptions.
The outlet noted: “The state Senate voted 28-19 on Friday to concur with a House amendment on the bill, which contains exceptions for rape, incest, saving the life of the mother, and lethal fetal anomalies.”
Gov. Eric Holcomb (R) signed the bill into law within an hour of the package hitting his desk.
Consequences for doctors
Under Indiana’s new law, any doctor in the state who, for whatever reason, goes through with an abortion procedure, will face level 5 felonies “unless the abortion is performed for a mother whose life is in danger or who has been a victim of rape or incest.”
As a result, Indiana joins 12 other states that have similar legal consequences for doctors who provide unauthorized abortions.
Indiana’s law marks the first example of a state’s control over abortion laws, which, contrary to the lies in the mainstream media, is what “overturning” Roe v. Wade actually meant. Many in the media still falsely claim that the overturning was akin to stripping a “constitutional right” from women.
BREAKING: Indiana Gov. Eric Holcomb signs abortion ban, making his state the first to approve abortion restrictions post-Roe. https://t.co/5mHWkEf58l
— The Associated Press (@AP) August 6, 2022
Arkansas, Idaho, Kentucky, Louisiana, Mississippi, Missouri, North Dakota, Oklahoma, South Dakota, Tennessee, Texas, and Utah have similar abortion laws on the books.
It didn’t take long for Holcomb’s critics and pro-abortion activists around the country to torch the Republican governor for signing the bill into law. The ACLU released a statement on the development via Twitter.
It’s a dark day in the state of Indiana. The Indiana General Assembly has passed a ban on abortion, turning back the clock 50 years on Hoosiers’ fundamental right to control their own bodies.
SB 1 is on its way to Governor Holcomb’s desk, and would take effect September 15.
— ACLU of Indiana (@ACLUIndiana) August 6, 2022
Only time will tell if more states follow Gov. Holcomb’s example.