Indiana on Aug. 5 became the first state in the country to approve and pass a bill into law banning most abortions, following the overturning of the 1973 Roe v. Wade ruling by the U.S. Supreme Court in late June.
The rape and incest exceptions are limited to 10 weeks after fertilization; in such cases, victims would not be required to sign a notarized affidavit attesting to an attack.
The legislation headed to Republican Gov. Eric Holcomb's desk, who signed it into law late on Aug. 5.
"These actions followed long days of hearings filled with sobering and personal testimony from citizens and elected representatives on this emotional and complex topic. Ultimately, those voices shaped and informed the final contents of the legislation and its carefully negotiated exceptions to address some of the unthinkable circumstances a woman or unborn child might face."
He thanked state Sen. Sue Glick of LaGrange and state Rep. Wendy McNamara of Evansville, both of whom are sponsors of the bill, for their "brave authorship."
"Each of you demonstrated a steady hand and uncanny poise while carrying this once-in-a-generation legislation," he said in his statement.
The legislation was transmitted to the Senate on Aug. 5 after it was amended in the House earlier in the day. Indiana House members advanced the bill in a 62–38 vote, and Indiana Senate members approved the ban by a 28–19 vote.
McNamara told reporters after the House vote that the legislation “makes Indiana one of the most pro-life states in the nation."