Vice President Kamala Harris is heading to the Indiana Statehouse on Monday to oppose legislation banning most abortions in Indiana.
It is the same day that a special legislative session starts both on abortion and on a possible reimbursement of taxpayers.
A Republican proposal would ban abortion from conception – the only exceptions being in cases of rape, incest, fatal fetal abnormality or to save the life of the mother.
The White House confirmed that Harris would meet with lawmakers and state leaders “to discuss the fight to protect reproductive rights” during a roundtable.
The tour will shine a light on Indiana, which is the first state legislature to debate a new abortion law in the post-Roe v. Wade. In June, the United States Supreme Court struck down abortion rights in Dobbs v. Jackson, deferring the decision to the States.
Some states already had trigger bans in place and others plan to act soon.
Indiana has Republican supermajorities in both the House and Senate, but there are splits within the GOP caucuses. Some feel that the published bill does not go far enough in terms of enforcement. Others think this goes too far and would prefer to allow better access in the first trimester for all women, for example up to six or 12 weeks.
Senate Republicans in particular have fractured and changes are expected soon on Senate Bill 1 to address the concerns of Indiana Right to Life and other pro-life groups.
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