Dems Explode After Indiana Passes Near-Total Abortion Ban

Taking the lead after the Supreme Court’s overturning of Roe v. Wade, Indiana during a special session on Friday became the first state to approve a near-total abortion ban.

The measure was signed by Republican Gov. Eric Holcomb within an hour after both chambers of the state legislature approved the bill.

Holcomb reiterated just after signing the bill that he had promised to “support legislation that made progress in protecting life.” He said the new law had “a solid majority of support” and did exactly that.

The final tallies were not close, even though every Democrat voted against the legislation and a few GOP members joined them. The bill first passed the House by a 62-38 margin, and then the Senate followed suit with a 28-19 vote.

This marks a major win for pro-life activists, who are bouyed after the high court’s ruling.

Exceptions built into the bill include for rape or incest, to protect the life of the mother, and if the fetus has a fatal diagnosis. These exceptions are allowed at up to 20 weeks of pregnancy.

The law also stipulates that if one of these procedures is to be performed, it may only be carried out at a hospital or a medical facility owned by a hospital. This in effect means that abortion clinics are to lose their licenses.

The Indiana Democratic Party slammed the bill as “the worst form of government overreach.” Their call for Gov. Holcomb’s veto was quickly ignored.

Democratic State Rep. Cherrish Pryor said the bill flies in the face of opposition from “the majority of Hoosiers.” She called it a “dark day” and said the ban is about “controlling women.”

The American Civil Liberties Union blasted the move as “cruel and unconscionable.” It said the fight will continue against the effort to “force Hoosiers to carry pregnancies against their will.”

In overturning Roe v. Wade, the U.S. Supreme Court merely sent the issue to the states, and now it is theirs to decide. Those in Indiana and elsewhere who do not approve of their state’s decision can change the outcome through political pressure and at the ballot box. It’s called democracy.