A federal judge has dealt Planned Parenthood a legal victory in a court battle over the state of Indiana’s new abortion law, that prohibits women from undergoing abortions due to fetal abnormalities. The key provision in the law, which Planned Parenthood and the ACLU were fighting, is the requirement that aborted fetuses must be buried or cremated. U.S. District Court Judge Tanya Walton Pratt granted Planned Parenthood a preliminary injunction in the case, preventing the law from taking effect. Planned Parenthood lawyers argued that the law is unconstitutional and a violation of women’s privacy rights.
Indiana and North Dakota are the only two states that have such laws on the books, which make seeking an abortion on the grounds of genetic abnormalities in the fetus, like Down syndrome, or because of the race, gender or ancestry of a fetus, illegal. The new law was signed by Republican Governor Mike Pence in March, despite many objections from women lawmakers. The next month, Planned Parenthood and the ACLU filed a lawsuit challenging the law.
The ruling is the third major victory for pro-choice advocates this week. On Monday, the U.S. Supreme Court struck down Texas’ strict 2013 HB2 abortion law that led to the closure of dozens of abortion clinics in the state. The following day, the nation’s highest court ruled that pharmacists in Oregon must dispense Plan B drugs to women even if doing so is in conflict with their religious beliefs.
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