Indiana approves abortion ban

Indiana approved, on Friday August 5, a series of restrictions prohibiting abortion, with a few exceptions: termination of pregnancy is still possible in the event of rape or incest, to protect the life and physical health of the mother or if the fetus is diagnosed with a life-threatening abnormality. Until now, Indiana allowed abortion until the 22e week.

This measure was voted on Friday by the House of Representatives (62 against 38) and the Senate (28 votes against 19) of this Midwestern state. In the process, Republican Eric Holcomb signed the new law, allowing it to come into force.

Since the decision, on June 24, of the Supreme Court of the United States to reconsider the constitutional right to abortion, the American states can legislate to modify the rules relating to the voluntary termination of pregnancy (IVG) on their territory .

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Issue for the midterm elections

Indiana was one of the first Republican states to debate tougher abortion laws after the Supreme Court ruling. But it is the first state to adopt the ban by both chambers, after the elected officials of West Virginia gave up on July 29.

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Conversely, voters in Kansas, another state in the Midwest, voted on Tuesday to maintain the constitutional guarantee on abortion, but the neighboring states of Missouri and Oklahoma imposed almost total bans. Missouri does not allow exceptions for rape or incest.

Other states, including California and Kentucky, are due to vote on the issue in November, coinciding with midterm congressional elections, in which Republicans and Democrats hope to rally their supporters around abortion.

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Le Monde with AP and AFP

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