The bill went to the state’s Republican governor, Eric Holcomb, who signed it into law on Friday night.
The so-called Hoosier state became a flashpoint for the renewed national abortion debate in late June when a 10-year-old rape victim from neighbouring Ohio travelled to Indiana to terminate her pregnancy because her home state banned abortions after six weeks of gestation, with no exceptions for sexual assault or incest.
Exceptions also are permitted for underage victims of rape or incest, but only up to 10 weeks of pregnancy. Physicians who violated the measure could be charged with a felony and face the revocation of their medical license.
Earlier in the day, dozens of abortion rights advocates rallied at the Capitol, chanting “Shame on you!” as members of the House passed the bill, according to a video posted to Twitter.
“SB-1 is a cruel and dangerous attack on liberty and freedom. We won’t stop fighting until everyone can access the abortion care they need without politicians interfering,” the ACLU of Indiana wrote on Twitter.
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