Los Angeles Times

Indiana nixes full ban on abortions


INDIANAPOL­IS — A deeply divided Indiana House voted Thursday to keep exceptions in cases of rape or incest in a bill that would ban nearly all abortions in the state.

The Republican-dominated House voted 61 to 39 to defeat an amendment that would have removed those exceptions, with a majority of GOP members wanting their removal.

The House vote displayed a division among Republican­s similar to that seen in the state Senate over exceptions for rape and incest, which remained in the bill when an attempt in the Senate last week also failed to strip those exceptions.

Republican Rep. Karen Engleman sponsored the amendment, arguing that even a child conceived in a rape or incest attack deserved a chance at life.

“The intentiona­l ending of human life has no place in medical practice,” Engleman said.

Republican leadership said this week that it supported exceptions in cases of rape and incest. Republican House Speaker Todd Huston and GOP Rep. Wendy McNamara of Evansville, who is sponsoring the bill in the House, both said Monday that they favored allowing those exceptions.

McNamara said Monday the law needed to be “conscienti­ous of those people who experience­d trauma in rape and incest situations.”

The Republican-controlled Senate narrowly passed the abortion ban Saturday, 26 to 20, securing the minimum 26 votes needed to send it on to the House.

The House was continuing to debate other proposed amendments Thursday afternoon and could vote Friday on endorsing the full bill.

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