On Wednesday, House Representatives of the Indiana state considered a controversial anti-abortion bill, introduced by state Rep. Eric Turner (R), that would make abortions illegal in the state after 20 weeks. Representatives were also considering a bill amendment, proposed by Rep. Gail Riecken (D), that would make exceptions for “women who became pregnant due to rape or incest, or women for whom pregnancy threatens their life or could cause serious and irreversible physical harm."The amendment was voted down 42 to 54 and the anti-abortion bill itself passed the House 72 to 23.
You know, pretty common sense exceptions.There's just one problem with the amendment, argued Turner, the original bill's sponsor: Women would then have a "giant loophole" where they could simply lie about being a rape or incest victim and procure an abortion anyway.
I really don't know what else I can say about this sort of shit. I know I may not live there anymore, but I care about my friends and family - fuck, I care about strangers who are having their rights and fucking dignity ripped away by people like Eric Turner.
The only thing giving me hope for Indiana is that there are amazing people like Rep. Linda Lawson (D), a sex crimes investigator for six years, who managed to passionately defend the women of Indiana in a situation where I would have been speechless.