The US Supreme Court overturned the nation’s abortion law in June. In the state of Indiana, in the Midwest of the USA, abortions are soon to be almost completely banned. The US government speaks of a devastating step.

Indiana’s legislature has passed an almost complete ban on abortion. Indiana is the first state to pass a new law with stricter rules after the Supreme Court’s landmark decision on abortion. It only allows abortions in exceptional cases: after rape, in cases of incest, when the fetus is not viable or there is a serious health risk for the mother.

The Senate, dominated by the Republican party, approved the law by a vote of 28 to 19 on Friday evening (local time). It was subsequently signed by Republican Governor Eric Holscomb. He said in a statement that it had been carefully considered which exceptions should apply. These would take into account the “unimaginable circumstances that a woman or an unborn child may face”. The law is scheduled to come into force on September 15 of this year.

The government of US President Joe Biden spoke of a “devastating step”. White House spokeswoman Karine Jean-Pierre criticized Saturday for putting personal health care decisions in the hands of politicians, rather than women and their doctors. She called on Congress in Washington to enshrine the right to abortion into law nationwide. Jean-Pierre said Biden would continue “to protect women’s reproductive rights and freedom.”

At the end of June, the US Supreme Court overturned a landmark ruling that had guaranteed the right to abortion in the US Constitution for almost 50 years. Since this right is no longer protected by federal law, the states can now enact sweeping restrictions and prohibitions. Republican states in particular have already enacted restrictive abortion laws. The result of the Supreme Court ruling is also a patchwork of regulations.

The industry price for electricity in Germany is currently five times as high as it was a year ago. This is a problem for many companies. Now more and more entrepreneurs are sounding the alarm. Among them also Trigema veteran Wolfgang Grupp. He warns of a “big wave of layoffs”.

The former SPD member of the Bundestag Johannes Kahrs has been under investigation for months. Now investigators found his locker 200,000 euros. There is an initial suspicion of favoritism for tax evasion.

Taxpayers should be able to fully deduct their pension contributions from next year. According to calculations by the Ministry of Finance, the affected citizens will be relieved by around 3.2 billion euros in 2023. In 2024, it is therefore still about 1.76 billion euros.