In epic Senate abortion bill debate, rape/incest exception proves a lightning rod

Democratic senators huddle before the start of Thursday's Senate session. 

INDIANAPOLIS—“Let me tell you, this is the great debate. People will remember what we did.” 

That’s what Sen. Michael Young, R-Indianapolis, said while giving closing remarks for his Amendment 58, which would get rid of the rape and incest exceptions included in Senate Bill 1. The amendment sparked a polarizing two-hour debate that dominated Thursday’s Senate session, which was still in action near midnight.

In epic Senate abortion bill debate, rape/incest exception proves a lightning rod

Sen. Michael Young, R-Indianapolis, who left the Republican caucus Thursday morning, set off a fierce debate that afternoon with his amendment that would have removed exceptions for rape and incest from a proposed state abortion ban.

Zachary Roberts is a reporter for TheStatehouseFile.com, a news website powered by Franklin College journalism students.

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