One of the strongest abortion bans in the country is taking shape in Indiana. If it continues to move forward through the General Assembly, abortions would be outlawed in Indiana after 20 weeks except to preserve the life of the mother.

The bill's sponsor, State Representative Eric Turner (R-Cicero), wanted to defeat Democrats efforts to include exclusions for rape and incest and suggested that women seeking abortions might lie in order to get one.

"Someone who is desirous of an abortion could simply say that they've been raped or there's incest," claimed Turner.

That statement was met with outrage from Rep. Linda Lawson (D-)

"I was a sex crimes investigator for six years to the police department in Hammond, Indiana, and I'm going to tell you what it looks like and sounds like when women are raped! They have to stand in a court room and they have to face the person who did it to them. Women don't make this up!" argued Lawson.

Despite the impassioned statements, House Republicans voted to defeat the amendment as written.

The bill also requires abortion providers to inform patients about the risks, requires women seeking an abortion to view the ultra-sound of the fetus unless she refuses in writing, prohibits health plans under federal health care reform law from providing abortion coverage, requires that a woman is told that human life begins at conception and requires she be told the fetus can feel pain at or before 20 weeks.

"We're going to increase the amount of information that women have to be given prior to having an abortion," said Rep. Mark Messmer (R-Jasper).

Some of that information is contested, including when "human" life begins, as opposed to just cell division.

"That's really a moral position the State is taking and the State can't mislead people into thinking that it's moral view is scientifically accepted by physicians. The language that life, that human physical life begins with a fertilized egg has the potential to put birth control that prohibits implantation at risk," said Planned Parenthood CEO Betty Cockrum.

Last month, the Senate approved a very similar bill to the House's version. Both bills will go to committee for reconciliation and we're likely to see a combined version within the next few weeks.