The story of a 10-year-old rape victim forced to leave her home state to terminate her pregnancy has sparked a national debate about the implications of the Supreme Court’s decision to overturn Rowe vs. Wade and how far some states are willing to go to ban abortion.
It is reported by Columbus Dispatch. Wednesday that a 27-year-old man was charged with rape in connection with the case.
While bopp model legislationwhich was released ahead of a Supreme Court decision late last month, calls on states to ban all abortions unless it is necessary to save the life of a pregnant woman. women who become pregnant as a result of rape or incest.”
“Unless her life was in danger, there are no exceptions to rape,” Bopp said. “The bill does offer exceptions for rape and incest, in my model, because that’s a pro-life position, but that’s not our ideal position. We don’t think, however heartbreaking those circumstances are, we don’t think we should devalue the life of an infant because of the sins of the father.”
It is currently legal in Indiana to have abortions up to 22 weeks of pregnancy, although the state legislature is expected to hold a special session later this month to consider a law banning abortion.
Republican legislature leaders have not shared details of the bill they plan to introduce, although abortion rights supporters in the state expect the bill’s text to be close to Bopp’s model law.
Bopp said he thought it was “highly likely” that the Indiana legislature would pass legislation during its special session that would “provide substantial protection to the unborn.”
“What are the exact details of that, I don’t know,” Bopp said.