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Indiana judge blocks anti-abortion law passed under Mike Pence

By Addy Baird,

A federal judge has issued a permanent injunction against an Indiana law that would have prohibited abortions sought specifically because the fetus had been potentially diagnosed with Down syndrome or other disabilities. The law also would have required that aborted fetuses be buried or cremated and that abortion providers notify patients that seeking an abortion because the fetus may be disabled was against the law in the state.

The restrictions were signed into law in March 2016 by Vice President Mike Pence, who was then the governor of Indiana, but Planned Parenthood of Indiana and Kentucky, along with the American Civil Liberties Union of Indiana, sued and obtained a preliminary injunction.

Last year, Judge Tanya Walton Pratt suspended the law, saying it was likely unconstitutional and would violate a woman’s right to choose an abortion before the fetus is viable and the right to make that decision privately. The U.S. Supreme Court has consistently affirmed those rights.


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