Biden spokeswoman slams Indiana abortion law as 'radical' Republican move
A spokeswoman for President Biden took a swipe at pro-life lawmakers with a message torching the recent abortion ban in Indiana.
Indiana Republican Gov.
The White House released a statement Saturday calling the Indiana abortion law "a radical step" to subvert women's reproductive rights.
"The Indiana legislature took a devastating step as a result of the Supreme Court’s extreme decision to overturn Roe v. Wade and eliminate women’s constitutionally-protected right to abortion," press secretary Karine Jean-Pierre said.
STACEY ABRAMS CLAIMS ‘IT IS LETHAL TO BE PREGNANT IN GEORGIA IF YOU ARE A BLACK WOMAN’ DURING MSNBC SEGMENTThe Indiana law bans the procedure except in cases of rape, incest and to protect the life and physical health of the mother.
"Yesterday’s vote, which institutes a near-total abortion ban in Indiana, should be a signal to Americans across the country to make their voices heard," Jean-Pierre said, reiterating the long-shot strategy of codifying abortion rights through federal legislation.
"Congress should also act immediately to pass a law restoring the protections of Roe – the only way to secure a woman’s right to choose nationally.
"Until then, President Biden is committed to taking action to protect women’s reproductive rights and freedom and access to care they are afforded under federal law."
According to the Indiana legislation, abortions can only be performed in hospitals or outpatient centers owned by hospitals.
Doctors who perform an illegal abortion or fail to file required reports will also lose their medical licenses.
"In my view, [the abortion law] accomplishes this goal."
The Indiana Senate approved the legislation 28 to 19 Friday, just hours after the House passed it by a 62 to 38 vote.