The US state of Indiana restricts access to abortion

Indiana has passed a sweeping restriction on access to abortion. Republican Gov. Eric Holcomb signed the law passed by both houses of the Midwest state legislature Friday night (local time).

White House press secretary Karine Jean-Pierre called it a “devastating step” resulting from the Supreme Court’s “extreme decision”.

Once the law takes effect Sept. 15, abortions in Indiana, which has a population of about 6.7 million, will only be available after rape, incest, fatal fetal malformation, or if the pregnant woman is in mortal danger or at risk of serious illness. health problems.

Prior to Indiana, several US states had passed so-called trigger laws banning abortions in anticipation of a Supreme Court ruling, which took effect immediately after the ruling. Indiana, however, had lacked such a law; the state previously had relatively liberal abortion laws. Abortions were allowed until the 22nd week.

Alexis McGill Johnson, president of Planned Parenthood, which advocates for abortion rights, called the now-passed law “cruel” and “devastating”.

US President Joe Biden’s spokeswoman, Jean-Pierre, called on the US Congress in her message to “swiftly” introduce legislation that would restore women’s rights that existed before the landmark Supreme Court ruling.

On June 24, the Supreme Court overturned the landmark 1973 decision Roe v. Wade who had established a fundamental right to abortion throughout the country. The decision caused a political earthquake and is considered a historic turning point. Because there is no federal abortion law, states have since been able to largely or completely ban abortions.

As recently as Tuesday, voters in the US state of Kansas – which, like Indiana, is conservative-dominated – voted in a referendum to preserve the right to abortion. Voters there overwhelmingly rejected the idea of ​​removing the right to abortion from the state constitution.

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