The Indiana Senate passed a bill that would ban nearly all abortions at all stages of pregnancy. Reconvened in a special legislative session on Saturday, the senators passed Senate Bill 1 (SB1) in a 26-20 vote, with four abstentions.
In its current edition, the bill makes it a Level 5 felony for a physician to abort a baby unless it is medically necessary to save the mother’s life or the pregnancy was the result of rape or incest. Even in those cases, abortion is restricted to the first 12 weeks for girls aged 15 or younger and the first eight weeks for women aged 16 or older. In the case of rape, there must be a signed affidavit attesting to the crime, per the bill.
Under Indiana law, Level 5 felons face a prison sentence of between one year and six years, with a maximum fine of $10,000.