West Virginia And Indiana Move Closer To Near-Total Abortion Bans

by | Jul 29, 2022 | Politics

West Virginia and Indiana inched closer to passing total abortion bans this week following the Supreme Court’s decision to repeal Roe v. Wade last month. During special legislative sessions, lawmakers from both states debated bills that aim to ban nearly all abortions with little exceptions. The state capitol buildings were filled with anti-abortion and abortion-rights protesters ― sparking heated debates and rallies that dominated local headlines this week. Advocates on both sides testified on their state legislative floors in hopes of swaying lawmakers’ votes. AdvertisementWest Virginia Gov. Jim Justice (R) is expected to sign his state’s near-total abortion ban into law in the coming days, after the bill successfully passed both chambers this week. Indiana’s abortion restriction has further to go: It has yet to see a vote in either chamber, but it passed out of committee in a 7-5 vote on Tuesday. The Indiana state Senate will vote on the ban on Saturday, and the bill is expected to quickly pass through the state’s GOP-controlled legislature and signed into law by Republican Gov. Eric Holcomb. Indiana currently has seven abortion clinics that serve 1.3 million women of reproductive age. West Virginia has one abortion clinic left that serves the entire state, which has around 313,000 women of childbearing age. If these bills become law, all of these clinics will stop providing abortion care, forcing those who can to travel out of state to get care. (These numbers don’t include transgender and nonbinary people in these states who are able to get pregnant.) An anti-abortion advocate holds a crucifix up as anti-abortion supporters rally at the Indiana State Capitol ahead of the legislature debating a proposal to ban nearly all abortions in the state.Michael Conroy/Associated PressSince the Supreme Court overturned Roe last month, over a dozen states have banned or severely restricted abortion. The ruling leaves behind fear and confusion, legal gray areas and a patchwork of abortion care — all of which will disproportionately impact low-income people, women of color and folks who live in rural areas. Many people will have to travel out of state to get abortions, while others wi …

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