Less than a day after Gov. Eric Holcomb signed a near total ban on abortion in Indiana, the White House condemned the legislation.
In a statement to the media, White House Press Secretary Karine Jean-Pierre called Indiana's ban another radical step taken by Republican lawmakers to curb women's constitutionally-protected right to abortion and to put health care decisions in the hands of politicians rather than physicians. Jean-Pierre said President Joe Biden is dedicated to protecting women's reproductive rights and, until Congress acts, will be taking action.
She did not specify what action.
"Yesterday’s vote, which institutes a near-total abortion ban in Indiana, should be a signal to Americans across the country to make their voices heard. Congress should also act immediately to pass a law restoring the protections of Roe – the only way to secure a woman’s right to choose nationally," Jean-Pierre said in the statement.
The ban will go into effect on Sept. 15, and the law makes Indiana the first state to pass legislation of its kind in a special session since the U.S. Supreme Court overturned Roe v. Wade.
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 apart for exceptions for rape, incest and fatal fetal anomalies at 10 weeks plus language protecting the health and life of the mother.
“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 a statement at the time. "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."
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