Indiana House GOP facing debate on abortion ban exceptions

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Published: Aug. 2, 2022 at 9:05 AM EDT
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INDIANAPOLIS (WPTA and AP) — Republicans who dominate Indiana’s Legislature remain divided over how tight they should make a proposed ban on nearly all abortions as debate on the bill has shifted to the state House following the Senate’s narrow weekend approval of the proposal.

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Significant disagreement included whether exceptions to the ban should be allowed for rape and incest victims, while a prominent House conservative said Monday he believed the version approved by the Senate wouldn’t prohibit as many abortions as claimed by its sponsor.

The House Courts and Criminal Code Committee is set to hear public testimony on the bill and possibly debate changes starting at 9 a.m. on Tuesday. However, the decision to hear it in that specific committee is facing criticism from Democrats who believe it should be heard by the Public Health Committee.

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