The White House has spoken out against Indiana’s new bill that limits most abortions as it becomes the first state to pass such restrictions since the Supreme Court’s overturn of Roe v. Wade.
“The Indiana Legislature took a devastating step as a result of the Supreme Court’s extreme decision to overturn Roe v. Wade and eliminate women’s constitutionally-protected right to abortion,” White House Press Secretary Karine Jean-Pierre said in a statement on Saturday.
“And, it’s another radical step by Republican legislators to take away women’s reproductive rights and freedom, and put personal health care decisions in the hands of politicians rather than women and their doctors,” she added.
The statement challenged Congress to “act immediately” to restore the protections of Roe. It also said President Joe Biden is “committed to taking action” regarding access to abortion care under federal law.
The new Indiana law is set to take effect on September 15. The restrictions against abortion include exceptions for rape, incest, and protecting the life of the mother.
Victims of rape or incest will not be required to sign an affidavit to verify claims of an attack, though the addition had been proposed in an earlier version of the law.
Governor Eric Holcomb (R-IN) released a statement to mark his signing of the bill into law on Friday.
“Following the overturning of Roe, I stated clearly that I would be willing to support legislation that made progress in…
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