Indiana passes near-total abortion ban, first state to do so after Roe

Indiana became the nation’s first state after the fall of Roe vs. Wade to enact sweeping limits on abortion access, after Gov. Eric Holcomb (R) signed into law a bill on Friday that constitutes a near total ban on the procedure.

The Republican-dominated state Senate approved the legislation 28-19 on Friday in a vote that came just hours after it was passed by Indiana’s lower house. The bill, which will come into force on September 15, allows abortion only in cases of rape, incest, fatal fetal abnormality or when the procedure is necessary to prevent serious health risks or the death.

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