Indiana lawmakers bring near-total abortion ban to final vote

By Gabriella Borter

(Reuters) - Indiana lawmakers prepared on Friday to take a final vote on a bill that would ban all abortions except in cases of rape, incest or medical emergency, legislation that would dramatically cut abortion access in the Midwestern state if approved.

The measure, which passed the Indiana House of Representatives on Friday and awaited approval by the Senate, would make Indiana the first state to pass legislation to sharply restrict abortion since the U.S. Supreme Court overturned Roe v. Wade.

If approved by the Republican-led Senate, it would move to the desk of Republican Governor Eric Holcomb for signing.

Indiana's state legislature moved the bill during a special session this summer, which lawmakers called after the U.S. Supreme Court's June decision empowered states to pass and carry out laws banning abortion.

West Virginia is likely days away from passing a near-total abortion ban, and some 10 other Republican-led states have already implemented near-total bans that were on the books before the decision to overturn Roe.