Indiana legislature passes first post-Roe ban on most abortions

Both the state House and Senate passed the measure, which included rape and incest exceptions.

Updated: August 5, 2022 - 10:43pm

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The Indiana legislature on Friday passed a ban on abortion in the state, allowing exceptions only for rape and incest.

The state House passed the measure on Friday after the Senate approved the legislation in late July, sending the ban to pro-life Republican Gov. Eric Holcomb, CNN reported.

"We have an opportunity to make progress in protecting the sanctity of life, and that's exactly what we will do," the governor said after the Supreme Court overturned the landmark abortion precedent set in Roe v. Wade.

"Too often these days we are exposed to much violence and death. This bill restores faith in humanity and faith that human life has value," the bill's sponsor, Republican state Rep. Wendy McNamara, said prior tot the final vote, per the outlet.

The New York Times noted that Indiana's ban, should Holcomb sign it into law, would mark the first abortion ban drafted and implemented after the court abolished the constitutional right to abortion in Dobbs v. Jackson. Other states have already banned abortion, but they either have begun to enforce pre-Roe v. Wade bans or had trigger laws take effect upon the court's ruling.