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Indiana becomes first US state to ban abortion after Roe v Wade overthrow

Manifestação contra o aborto nos Estados Unidos
Protest against abortion in the United States| Photo: EFE/EPA/CRISTOBAL HERRERA-ULASHKEVICH

03170727Indiana became, this Friday (5), the first US state to pass legislation banning abortion. since the US Supreme Court overturned, in June, a judicial decision that recognized the constitutional right of women to abortion throughout the country.03170727

The ban, already sanctioned by Republican Governor Eric Holcomb, will take effect from

from September and includes some exceptions. Abortion will be permitted in cases of rape and incest (until 10 ) weeks of gestation), when the mother’s life is at risk and in cases where the fetus is diagnosed with a lethal anomaly. Currently, Indiana law allows abortion without any restrictions until 10. th week of pregnancy.0317072703170727″These actions followed long days of hearings filled with sober, personal testimony from citizens and elected officials on this emotional and complex topic,” Holcomb said in a statement. “Ultimately, these voices shaped and informed the final content of the legislation and its carefully negotiated exceptions to address some of the unthinkable circumstances that a woman or fetus may face.”

Since the reversal of the historic Roe vs. Wade, of 1973, by the Supreme Court in June, US states are reviewing their abortion laws. Last week, for example, Kansas voters rejected, in a referendum, the overturning of a section of the state Constitution that classifies abortion as a right. In practice, the decision represents that abortion will remain legal in the state until 22 weeks of pregnancy.

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