Indiana House proposes new changes to Senate’s abortion ban

INDIANAPOLIS — The Indiana House proposed new changes Tuesday to a state Senate-approved abortion ban, with extra exceptions to shield the well being of the mom and adjusting the time-frame when abortion could be permitted in circumstances of rape and incest.

Republican Rep. Wendy McNamara, of Evansville, who sponsors the House model of the Senate invoice, launched the exception that will enable abortions to shield each the bodily well being and lifetime of the mom, a frequent request amongst docs and others testifying in entrance of the Senate final week. The modification additionally would enable abortions if a fetus is identified with a deadly anomaly.

It additionally removes the Senate-approved time frames based mostly on age for abortions in circumstances of rape or incest. In the Senate model, abortions for these beneath 16 could be allowed up to 12 weeks, whereas these 16 and older would have eight weeks.

The House modification as an alternative creates a blanket 10-week ban on abortions in circumstances of rape and incest, and victims would additionally not be required to signal a notarized affidavit testifying to an assault.

The legal professional basic’s office would additionally lose its Senate-approved prosecutorial energy instead of native prosecutors who say they won’t implement the ban. There aren’t any new enforcement provisions towards docs proposed by the House, utilizing present Indiana regulation that claims docs can face felony felony fees in the event that they carry out an unlawful abortion. Abortion clinics would additionally lose their licensure within the proposed modification.

“We want to make sure that this amendment reflects an understanding that this is the most difficult and contentious issue of our lifetime,” McNamara stated at a House committee session Tuesday, when members will first hear testimony on the House model of the invoice.

The modification comes after an argumentative time amongst Senators, who simply barely accredited the Senate invoice 26-20 after its members splintered Thursday over the addition of rape and incest exceptions.

Like throughout final week’s Senate periods, yells from abortion-rights activists, in addition to cheers like “Safe and legal,” penetrated the House chamber from the hallway outdoors throughout testimony.

All sides of the abortion debate opposed the Senate invoice accredited Saturday. Anti-abortion activists argued it was too lax and objected to the rape and incest exceptions, whereas abortion-rights activists stated the invoice goes too far.

“We are going to be discussing a very sensitive subjects and one that is very, very person to everybody that is sitting here,” McNamara stated. “What I’m asking from you is to go about at the moment ensuring they’re revered.”


Arleigh Rodgers is a corps member for the Associated Press/Report for America Statehouse News Initiative. Report for America is a nonprofit national service program that places journalists in local newsrooms to report on undercovered issues. Follow her on Twitter at


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