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The GOP-controlled Indiana state Senate passed a measure Saturday to ban most abortions following hours of debate and discussion.
The bill passed the Senate by a 26 to 20 vote during the special session and will now head to the House, which is also controlled by Republicans.
Republican Sen. Sue Glick, who authored the bill, called its passing a “huge step forward in protecting the life of the unborn children in our state.”
The legislation would ban abortions from the time a fertilized egg implants in a uterus and allows exceptions in cases of rape, incest and when the mother’s life is at risk. But a woman seeking an abortion under the rape and incest exceptions would be required to sign a notarized affidavit attesting to the attack.
The Indiana state Senate passed a near-total abortion ban on Saturday. (KAREN BLEIER/AFP via Getty Images)
Republican Sen. Mike Young had been against having exceptions for rape and incest. “Exceptions equal death for unborn innocent children,” he said, according to WFYI-TV.
Ten Republicans joined 10 Democratic colleagues in opposing Senate Bill 1. One Democrat was absent for