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Another Indiana judge blocks abortion ban

Washington, Dec 3 (EFE).- A second judge from Indiana in the United States has blocked the near-total abortion ban by the state government.

Marion County Superior Court Judge Heather Welch followed the steps of a different judge making it more difficult for the ban to be enforced.

Welch ruled on Friday that the abortion ban infringes on religious liberties protected by the law as argued by a group of Jewish and Muslim plaintiffs.

Indiana became the first of the 50 states in August to pass a law restricting access to abortion after the Supreme Court overturned a 1973 ruling, known as “Roe vs. Wade” that protected that law at the federal level.

The new legislation was approved by both houses of state parliament and was signed shortly after by Indiana Governor Eric Holcomb, giving it legal validity.

The law prohibits all abortions except when the life of the mother is in danger or to avoid any serious risk to the health of the woman or the fetus, but only in the first 20 weeks of gestation.

It also allows abortion in the first 10 weeks when the pregnancy is due to rape or incest.

In addition, the law stipulates that abortion clinics cannot offer these services and that their state license to operate is withdrawn.

If someone uses an exception and needs to terminate their pregnancy, they must go to an authorized hospital or an outpatient clinic with official permission.

In late June, the conservative-majority Supreme Court overturned “Roe vs. Wade,” ending federal abortion protections and permitting states to set their rules.

It caused some states to begin implementing the so-called “zombie laws” that had been in force before the Supreme Court guaranteed the right to abortion in 1973.

Other states activated laws designed to enter into force just when the right to abortion was repealed.

The White House called the legislation “a devastating step” that eliminated “women’s constitutionally-protected right to abortion.”

“It is another radical step by Republican legislators to take away women’s reproductive rights and freedom, and put personal health care decisions in the hands of politicians rather than women and their doctors,” a White House statement said on Aug,6.

The statement affirmed that President Joe Biden was committed to protecting women’s reproductive rights and freedom and access to care afforded under Federal law. EFE

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