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Attorney General Appeals Ruling Blocking Ultrasound Law

Prior to the 2016 law, women were required to get an ultrasound in the same visit as an abortion.

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Prior to the 2016 law, women were required to get an ultrasound in the same visit as an abortion.

Indiana Attorney General Curtis Hill is appealing the federal ruling against a state law requiring women to wait at least 18 hours between an ultrasound and an abortion.

Prior to the 2016 Indiana anti-abortion law, women could get an ultrasound in the same visit as their abortion. The new law required that 18-hour period between the ultrasound and the procedure. Few Indiana clinics perform abortions, so that would require many Hoosier women to make two long trips.

Planned Parenthood and the American Civil Liberties Union sued, and a federal judge recently ruled in their favor.

ACLU of Indiana Legal Director Ken Falk says they’re hopeful they’ll prevail in the appeal as well.

“We think that the district court judge’s decision is sound, and we’ll await the briefing and the argument and the decision in the court of appeals,” he says.

The Indiana Right to Life is applauding the appeal.

“The pro-life community is pleased Attorney General Hill is defending our state’s common sense ultrasound law,” said Mike Fichter, President and CEO of Indiana Right to Life, in a statement. “It’s disappointing that Planned Parenthood turns to activist judges anytime they find an abortion law they don’t like.”

Separate parts of last year’s abortion law – provisions banning abortions performed because of the fetus’ characteristics and potential disability and requiring medical facilities to bury or cremate fetal remains – were halted by a previous ruling and have not been appealed.

Falk says an appeal did not have to be filed at this point in the case, because the ruling was a preliminary injunction, not a final decision.

“The appeal could have waited until the end of the case, but to the extent that there is a legal issue that needs to be resolved, then it makes sense to do it now and that obviously is what the Attorney General was thinking,” Falk says.

The state’s brief is due May 30.

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  • lastcamp2

    If only we could get reactionary religious doctrines out of our government and our politics, the country would be a better place. But no….

  • None Needed

    I agree. Separation of church and state is something that we should all DEMAND from our elected officials, but it seems that more often than not, their faith becomes a badge of honor and a sales pitch to get votes. Women should be able to make the best decision for their own unique situation, with the best medical information available and get any procedures done in a safe, clean setting by a skilled practitioner. To all the pro-lifers I understand your view but if you don’t like abortion, then don’t get one. Let others life their lives in their own fashion (just like they let you live yours).

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