Indiana bans abortion, the White House denounces a “radical” measure

The White House vehemently denounced on Saturday the almost total ban on abortion in Indiana, this American state having been the first to have passed a new law in this direction since the decision of the Supreme Court.

“This is a radical new measure taken by elected Republicans to deprive women of their reproductive rights and freedoms,” White House spokeswoman Karine Jean-Pierre said.

The governor of this conservative state, in the north of the country, promulgated on Friday evening the law passed by his local assembly a few hours earlier prohibiting abortion except in cases of rape, incest or if the life of the mother is in danger . It will come into effect on September 15.

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“Trigger” laws

Anticipating the Supreme Court’s decision, several other states had already passed so-called “trigger” laws in recent months, which had come into force and banned abortion as soon as the judges had changed their case law.

In the long term, abortion will be almost impossible in half of the 50 states of the country, especially in the south and the more religious center. Conversely, progressive states seek to sanctify the right to abortion and voters in California, Michigan, Nevada and Vermont will vote, in turn, this year on protective measures.

Read also: Kansas citizens voted to uphold abortion rights

The voters of a conservative state, Kansas, surprised them on Tuesday by speaking out in favor of maintaining the constitutional guarantee of the right to abortion. The spokesperson for the American executive urged all “Americans across the country to make their voices heard” on this file.

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