Kamala Harris to visit Indiana as state lawmakers prepare to debate abortion ban bill


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Vice President Kamala Harris will travel to Indiana on Monday where she is expected to meet with lawmakers and state officials to discuss a new proposed abortion ban.

Harris is scheduled to arrive at Indianapolis International Airport Monday morning before departing for the Indiana State Library, where she will meet with state lawmakers. Their discussions will likely center on a series of abortion-related bills Indiana Republicans proposed on July 20 that ban abortion with limited exceptions and expand some contraceptive services.

The discussion will take place before lawmakers vote on the proposals in a special session later today.

Indiana Republicans on Wednesday proposed a series of bills banning most abortion procedures in the state while increasing access to contraceptive care and funds for women and children. Debate on the bills is expected to begin Monday morning.

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Vice President Kamala Harris during a discussion at the National Urban League’s annual conference in Washington, DC on July 22, 2022.
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Such a bill would prohibit abortions from the moment a fertilized egg is implanted while allowing exceptions such as in cases of rape, incest or to protect a woman’s life.

Current laws on the Indiana books allow abortions up to the 20th week of pregnancy, although they are somewhat limited beyond the 13th week. A 10-year-old girl had an abortion in Indiana on June 30.

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“I’m confident we’ll find a thoughtful path that shows compassion for mothers and babies,” Republican House Speaker Todd Huston said.

A separate bill would allocate $45 million of the budget to agencies that “support the health of pregnant women, postpartum mothers and infants.” Another bill will expand the adoption tax credit and earmark an additional $58 million for services for pregnant women.

“Being pro-life is not about criminalizing women,” added Republican Senator Sue Glick, one of the bill’s sponsors. “It’s about preserving the dignity of life and helping mothers deliver happy, healthy new babies.”

Senate Speaker Pro Tem Rodric Bray and State Senator Sue Glick at the Statehouse in Indianapolis, Wednesday, July 20, 2022.

Senate Speaker Pro Tem Rodric Bray and State Senator Sue Glick at the Statehouse in Indianapolis, Wednesday, July 20, 2022.
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“For people of childbearing age who have children they are not equipped to care for, we want the State of Indiana to help them deliver healthy babies and care for them. them after they arrive,” she said. also said.

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A report from the Indiana Department of Health said nearly 99% of abortions performed in the state last year were at 13 weeks or earlier.

Vice President Kamala Harris speaks during a meeting with North Carolina state lawmakers at the Carole Hoefener Center in Charlotte, North Carolina on July 21, 2022.

Vice President Kamala Harris speaks during a meeting with North Carolina state lawmakers at the Carole Hoefener Center in Charlotte, North Carolina on July 21, 2022.
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The vice president will remain in Indiana for several hours before returning to Joint Base Andrews in Washington, DC on Monday afternoon.

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The U.S. Supreme Court’s overturning of Roe v. Wade returned the legality of abortion to state legislators.

Indiana was in the spotlight recently after a story about a 10-year-old rape victim who became pregnant in Ohio traveled to Indiana to have an abortion captured national attention.

The story has been cited by proponents of abortion access, who have highlighted it as an example of the consequences of limited access. It was even echoed by President Biden in a speech announcing measures to protect access to abortion.

A 27-year-old illegal immigrant from Guatemala has been charged with raping the girl.

The Associated Press contributed to this report.


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