The final House vote on the bill Friday was preceded by more than five hours of additional debate Friday between state representatives on both sides of the issue. State Rep. Wendy McNamara, a sponsor of the House bill, gave final remarks before the vote.
“Too often these days we are exposed to a lot of violence and death. This bill restores faith in humanity and faith that human life has value,” McNamara said.
After the bill passed in the House, the Indiana Democratic Party tweeted that GOP counterparts seeking to ban abortion were “essentially declaring that their values are more righteous than those of their fellow citizens.”
Indiana currently allows abortions up to 20 weeks after fertilization (or 22 weeks after the mother’s last menstrual period).