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Indiana’s state legislature has become the first in the United States to pass new legislation restricting access to abortion since the federal Supreme Court overturned Roe v. Wade.

The bill went to the state’s Republican governor, Eric Holcomb, who signed it into law Friday night.

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After a Supreme Court ruling in June that removed constitutional protections, Indiana was among the first Republican state legislatures to debate stricter abortion laws. It is the first state to ban both houses.

Indiana’s Senate approved the ban yesterday by a narrow 28-19 vote, hours after House members voted to extend it 62-38. There are limited exceptions, including in cases of rape and adultery, and to protect the life and physical health of the mother. Exceptions for rape and rape are limited to 10 weeks after fertilization, meaning victims cannot get an abortion in Indiana after that. Victims will not be required to sign a notarized affidavit attesting to the assault.

Outside the House chamber, abortion rights activists often chanted at the lawmakers’ remarks, holding signs such as “Cry Your Vote” and “Build This Wall” between church and state. Some House Democrats wore blazers over pink “Bans Off Our Bodies” T-shirts.

Indiana lawmakers heard testimony over the past two weeks in which residents on all sides of the issue rarely, if ever, supported the legislation. Abortion rights advocates say the bill goes too far, while anti-abortion activists say it doesn’t go far enough.

In advocating against the bill, Rep. Ann Vermilion slammed her fellow Republican for calling women who get abortions “murderers.”

“I think the Lord’s promise is for grace and kindness,” she said. “He will not jump to condemn these women.”

The House, largely along party lines, rejected a Democratic proposal to put a nonbinding question on the statewide November election ballot: “Shall abortion be legal in Indiana?”

Indiana House Speaker Todd Huston said if residents are unhappy, they can vote for new lawmakers.

Kansas voters have already overwhelmingly rejected a measure that would have allowed the state’s Republican-controlled legislature to restrict abortion since Roe was overturned.

Indiana’s proposed ban also comes after a political firestorm over a 10-year-old rape victim who traveled to the state from neighboring Ohio to terminate her pregnancy. The case gained attention when an Indianapolis doctor said the baby had come to Indiana because of Ohio’s ban on “fetal heartbeats.”

Democratic Rep. Maureen Bauer spoke tearfully before Friday’s vote about those in her South Bend district who oppose the bill — husbands standing behind their wives, fathers supporting their daughters — and with It is women “who are demanding that we be seen as equals”. .

Bauer’s comments were followed by loud cheers from protesters in the hallway and applause from fellow Democrats.

“You never thought these women would show up,” Bauer said. “Maybe you thought we wouldn’t notice.”

On July 29, West Virginia lawmakers passed up an opportunity to become the first state with a unanimous ban when its lower house refused to agree to Senate amendments that would have criminalized doctors who perform illegal abortions. The convictions were lifted. Delegates instead called for a conference committee to consider the details between the bills.

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