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    Abortion in the United States: Indiana becomes the first state to adopt new restrictions

    The Supreme Court returned last June to Roe v. Wade which guaranteed the right to abortion in the country at the federal level. States are now free to impose further restrictions.

    The consequences of revoking the right to abortion in the United States are materializing. Indiana officially became the first US state on Friday to adopt new restrictions on the use of abortion, according to the Associated Press, just over a month after the Supreme Court’s decision to reverse the Roe v . Wade which until then served as case law concerning the right to abortion. The ban will go into effect on September 15.

    “I am happy (…), it is one of the greatest challenges that we have had to take up as a general assembly, or at least since I have been part of it”, welcomed after the vote Republican President of the Indiana Senate, Rodric Bray.

    “I think it’s a fantastic opportunity that we have to build on to move forward,” he called.

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    The decision was passed 28 to 19 by Indiana senators, after being ratified 62 to 38 by the House. Abortion rights activists protested outside the Capitol after the announcement.

    Exceptions provided for in the event of rape or incest

    The planned new restrictions have several exceptions. Abortions will indeed remain possible in cases of rape or incest, but only in the first 10 weeks of pregnancy, in cases where the life of the mother is in danger or if a lethal malformation is detected on the fetus.

    Abortions still authorized can no longer be performed in a clinic. From mid-September, patients will have to go to the hospital or to dispensaries owned by hospitals, furthermore forced to resort to abortion.

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    The decision also provides that doctors performing illegal abortions will have their license revoked.

    “A democratic retreat”

    Some Indiana lawmakers opposed to the decision have publicly deplored the results of the vote.

    “It’s a democratic setback. What other freedoms are in the hot seat, waiting to be removed?”, worried Democratic Senator Jean D. Breaux.

    Republican senators have also expressed their disapproval of the new law. Senator Mike Bohacek, who voted against the law, notably lamented that the decision does not sufficiently protect women with disabilities who are victims of rape; evoking the case of his 21-year-old daughter, suffering from trisomy 21.

    “If she lost her favorite stuffed animal, she would be inconsolable. Imagine her carrying a child,” he said.

    One of the first states to debate new restrictions

    Indiana was one of the first US states to debate adopting a more restrictive abortion framework, after the Supreme Court voted in late June, ending case law dating back to 1973. paved the way for every US state to reverse the right to abortion.

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    The state has been in the news recently after an Indianapolis gynecologist was investigated by authorities. The doctor had helped a 10-year-old girl have an abortion after being raped.

    Unlike Indiana, Kansas residents voted this week to uphold the constitutional abortion guarantee, in the first major abortion ballot since the U.S. Supreme Court struck down the federal right to abortion.

    Source: BFM TV

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