The White House lamented this Saturday the decision of the legislators of Indiana to approve an almost total prohibition of the abortionthe first state to do so after the supreme court of USA reversed the 1973 ruling that protected that right at the federal level.
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“It’s another sweeping step by Republican lawmakers to rob women of their reproductive rights and freedomsand allow politicians to make health decisions in place of women and their doctors”said in a statement the spokeswoman for the White House, Karine Jean-Pierre.
On Friday, the two chambers of the state parliament of Indiana approved a bill for law that prohibits all abortions except in cases of rape or when the life of the mother is in danger.
The rule is scheduled to go into effect on , after receiving the go-ahead from the governor, the Republican Eric Holcombe.
Jean Pierre reiterated that the decision of the Indiana legislators should serve as a spur to the american congresscurrently controlled by the Democrats, to pass a law that restores the federal protection of the right to abortion eliminated after the sentence of the Supreme of last June.
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The Republicans of Indiana had been working on this bill for weeks, but they were divided: a majority wanted completely ban abortion while a minority believed that some exceptions should be established in case of rape or incest.
Finally, included exceptions for rape, incest and also in case the fetus has abnormalities that make their survival impossible or the life of the mother is in danger.
Until now, abortion was legal in Indiana up to 22 weeks gestation.
At the end of June, the supreme courtof conservative majority, revoked the sentence “Roe vs. Wade”which since 1973 protected the right to medical termination of pregnancythereby ending federal protection for abortion and giving states permission to set their own rules.
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That has caused some states to begin to implement the so-called “zombie laws” that had been proclaimed before the Supreme Court guaranteed the right to abortion in 1973, while other states have activated “spring laws”so called because they were designed to come into force just when the right to abortion was repealed.
Until now, no state had passed a new legislative bill to restrict abortion: Indiana is the first.
That decision comes after voters this week in Kansas vote in a referendum overwhelmingly in favor of keeping intact the right to abortion as it is currently regulated in the state constitutionin what was a resounding defeat for the Conservatives.