Vice President Harris showed up to hold a roundtable to push against the possible anti-abortion legislation….
The messiness of American politics post-Roe v. Wadeerupted at the Indiana Statehouse on Monday as thousands of abortion rights protesters swarmed into the building and chanted outside the senate’s doors.
As the state Senate convened a special session and took hours of testimony on a bill that would ban all abortions except in cases of rape, incest, and life of the mother, they could hear repeated calls of “let them choose” and “vote them out” from outside the chamber doors….
The protesters have little chance of changing the legislature’s course, since Republicans control both chambers with legislative supermajorities as well as the governor’s office.
State senators heard testimony from roughly 30 people on Monday, only about 10 percent of the 280 people who requested to speak.
Across the street before the session began, Vice President Kamala Harris convened a roundtable of dozens of Democratic legislative and state leaders to condemn the Republicans’ sweeping ban on abortions. The proposed Indiana legislation is not a so-called heartbeat bill, but a total ban with narrow exceptions.
“I am here to support these extraordinary and courageous leaders and, in particular, on this day where Indiana is the first state since the Dobbs decision to convene a special session to propose a law that … essentially will be a ban on abortion for women,” Harris said. “When you understand how a woman’s body works, you will understand that the parameters that are being proposed mean that for the vast majority of women, by the time she realizes she is pregnant, she will effectively be prohibited from having access to reproductive healthcare that would allow her to choose what happens to her body.”….