The story of the 10-year-old rape victim forced to leave her home country to terminate a pregnancy has sparked a national conversation about the consequences of the Supreme Court’s decision to overturn Roe vs. Wade and how far some states are willing to go to ban abortion.
The Columbus Dispatch reported Wednesday that a 27-year-old man has been charged with rape in connection with the case.
While Bopp’s model legislation, which was released ahead of the Supreme Court’s ruling late last month, encourages states to ban all abortions unless necessary to save the life of the pregnant person, she notes that “it may be necessary in some states to have additional exceptions, such as for a pregnant woman as a result of rape or incest.
“Unless his life is in danger, there is no exception for rape,” Bopp said. “The bill has exceptions for rape and incest, in my model, because that’s a pro-life position, but it’s not our ideal position. We don’t think, heartbreaking as these circumstances are, we don’t think we should devalue the baby’s life because of the sins of the father.
It is currently legal to have an abortion in Indiana up to 22 weeks of pregnancy, although the state legislature is expected to hold a special session later this month to consider legislation banning abortion.
Republican legislative leaders have not shared details of the bill they plan to introduce, though proponents of abortion rights in the state expect the text of the bill to be closely related to Bopp’s model legislation.
Bopp said he thinks it’s “very likely” that the Indiana Legislature will pass legislation in its special session that will “provide substantial protection for the unborn child.”
“What the exact details of that are, I don’t know,” Bopp said.