‘No legal basis’

Federal judge strikes down restrictive Indiana abortion law signed by Mike Pence

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A federal judge has permanently blocked an Indiana law that prohibited women from seeking abortions in the case of fetal abnormalities, required abortion providers to tell women that such procedures are prohibited, and mandated that aborted fetuses be buried or cremated.

According to The Associated Press, U.S. District Judge Tanya Walton Pratt wrote in her ruling that the fetal abnormality provisions violate women’s rights under the Constitution and “directly contravene well-established law that precludes a state from prohibiting a woman from electing to terminate a pregnancy prior to fetal viability.”

She added that she could find no legal basis for requiring abortion providers to bury or cremate aborted fetuses. “Stated otherwise,” Walton Pratt wrote, “if the law does not recognize a fetus as a person, there can be no legitimate state interest in requiring an entity to treat an aborted fetus the same as a deceased human.”

The case came to court after Planned Parenthood of Indiana and Kentucky sued the state in April 2016. Mike Pence, who at the time was the governor of Indiana, had signed the provisions into law.

In June of 2016, just one day before the law was slated to take effect, Walton Pratt issued a preliminary order blocking it. Her recent ruling permanently bars Indiana from implementing the abortion restrictions stipulated in the law.

Read the full story at The Associated Press.


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