Indiana Republicans propose banning abortion with exceptions

Senate Republicans bring forward three bills ahead of special session next week
Published: Jul. 20, 2022 at 3:30 PM EDT
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INDIANAPOLIS (AP/WNDU) - Leaders of Indiana’s Republican-dominated Senate have proposed banning abortion with limited exceptions - a move that comes amid a political firestorm over a 10-year-old rape victim who came to the state from neighboring Ohio to end her pregnancy.

The proposal announced Wednesday will be taken up during a special legislative session that is scheduled to begin this upcoming Monday, June 25—making Indiana one of the first Republican-run states to debate tighter abortion laws following the U.S. Supreme Court decision last month overturning Roe v. Wade.

The proposal would allow exceptions to the ban, such as in cases of rape, incest or to protect a woman’s life. Its fate is uncertain, though, because some hardline Republicans want to ban all abortions.

GOP senators said the proposal:

  • Does not criminalize women seeking an abortion
  • Does not affect obtaining the “morning-after pill” or other types of birth control
  • Does not affect treatment for miscarriages, ectopic pregnancies, or in-vitro fertilization
  • Does not prevent ending a pregnancy when the unborn child wouldn’t survive due to a fatal fetal anomaly

A second proposal would boost $50 million toward programs for contraceptive access, supporting women pre-, during, and post-partum as well as increasing the adoption credit cap.

Senators also laid out a third bill that calls for freezing the utility sales tax for six months and capping gas pump taxes until June 30, 2023—the end of the current fiscal year.

These bills will also be brought forward during the special session. Our sister station WTHR in Indianapolis has a comprehensive breakdown of them that you can look over by clicking here.

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7/20/2022 3:24:12 PM (GMT -4:00)