Judge Strikes Down Several Indiana Abortion Restrictions — But Leaves Others In Place

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Judge Strikes Down Several Indiana Abortion Restrictions — But Leaves Others In Place

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A federal judge on Tuesday ruled that multiple state laws that restricted abortion providers in Indiana were unconstitutional, but allowed a slew of other abortion rules to stand, as multiple Republican-controlled states prepare for legal battles over abortion access.

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More than three years after Whole Woman’s Health first filed a lawsuit against Indiana, Judge Sarah Evans Barker issued a permanent injunction blocking the state from prohibiting telemedicine visits between abortion providers and patients.

The ruling also overturned a state law requiring second-trimester abortions to take place in hospitals or ambulatory surgical centers, and a law mandating that doctors tell patients fetuses can feel pain at 20 weeks and life begins “when a human ovum is fertilized by a human sperm.”

In a Facebook post, Indiana Attorney General Todd Rokita (R) called the ruling a “mixed decision” — a spokesperson for Rokita’s office did not specify whether he plans on appealing parts of the ruling.

Forbes has reached out to Whole Woman’s Health for comment.

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