The Supreme Court made headlines that past June when it ruled that states have the authority to protect children in the womb.
Indiana came one step closer to doing that over the weekend when its state Senate passed a bill outlawing most abortions.
Bill contains exceptions for rape and life of the mother
The website noted that abortion is permitted when a woman’s pregnancy was the result of rape or incest. However, it must take place at no later than 12 weeks if the victim is younger than 16 and no later than 8 weeks if she is older.
The doctor is to be provided “with a notarized affidavit, signed by the woman under penalties of perjury, attesting to the rape or incest” which must be placed “in the woman’s permanent health record.”
Another exception exists in cases “where the fetus suffers from an irremediable medical condition that is incompatible with sustained life outside the womb, regardless of when the child is born.”
Finally, the law allows an abortion if “[t]he physician determines, based on reasonable medical judgment, that an abortion is necessary to prevent a substantial permanent impairment of the life of the pregnant woman.”
The legislation empowers Indiana’s state attorney general to bring felony charges against those who perform illegal abortions even if a county prosecutor refuses to do so.
Lawmaker says bill is about protecting “unborn children in our state”
The bill was authored by Republican state Senator Sue Glick, and she issued a statement on Saturday celebrating its success.
“The passage of Senate Bill 1 is a huge step forward in protecting the life of the unborn children in our state,” Glick was quoted as saying.
“We have put together a bill that would not criminalize women and would protect the unborn whose voices have been silenced for the past 50 years under Roe v Wade,” the GOP lawmaker continued.
“Now, we understand this may not be the final version of the bill, and we are only through the first half of its long journey to becoming law, but we have put together a pro-life framework that, in my opinion, is fair and just,” Glick insisted.