Indiana Passes a Near-total Abortion Ban When the Governor Signs SB 1!
Indiana’s near-total ban on abortion will take effect on Sept. 15.
Gov. Eric Holcomb announced late Friday that he had signed Senate Bill 1 within an hour of its passage, capping a marathon day that saw both chambers pass the bill outlawing abortion except for several narrow exceptions.
“Following the overturning of Roe, I stated clearly that I would be willing to support legislation that made progress in protecting life,” Holcomb said. “In my view, SEA 1 accomplishes this goal following its passage in both chambers of the Indiana General Assembly with a solid majority of support.”
Late Friday, the Indiana Senate voted 28-19 to accept Senate Bill 1 as it had been passed by the House earlier in the day. This makes the Indiana legislature the first in the country to put restrictions on abortion since the U.S. Supreme Court overturned Roe v. Wade and made it possible.
“It makes Indiana one of the most pro-life states in the nation,” said Rep. Wendy McNamara, R-Evansville.
The bill passed the House, 62-38, on Friday afternoon. The chamber’s 71 Republicans split on the issue, with nine voting against the bill. The party has been divided on the issue, with some feeling the bill goes too far in restricting abortion and others feeling it doesn’t go far enough.