A federal judge has ruled that a handful of pro-life laws saving babies from abortion are unconstitutional.
Senior Judge Sarah Evans Barker permanently enjoins the State from prohibiting the use of telemedicine to dispense an abortion-inducing drug; requiring providers to inform women that “objective scientific information shows that a fetus can feel pain” at or before 20 weeks post-fertilization; and requiring providers to distribute a brochure on “studies (that) show that mothers who choose to carry their baby to term recover to baseline mental health more quickly than those who aborted due to fetal abnormality.”
Other laws were allowed to stand. They include hospital admission requirements for doctors and pre-abortion ultrasounds.
The case was filed by the Whole Woman’s Health Alliance. It named Attorney General Todd Rokita, Health Commissioner Kristina Box and the head of the Indiana Medical Licensing Board among the defendants.
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The matter was heard in the Southern District of Indiana.
Indiana Right to Life is denouncing the permanent injunction issued today by Judge Sarah Evans Barker against major provisions of Indiana’s abortion law.
Under the injunction, Indiana is blocked from enforcing physician-only limitations on chemical abortions, Indiana’s ban on chemical abortions via telemedicine, Indiana’s requirement that second trimester abortions can only be done in hospitals, Indiana’s requirement that women be informed about an unborn baby’s ability to feel pain at 20 weeks, Indiana’s requirement that women be informed that human physical life begins at fertilization, and multiple physical requirements for facilities that do abortions.
Indiana Right to Life President and CEO Mike Fichter issued this statement:
“This is a horrific ruling that will directly lead to a massive expansion of chemical and late term abortions in Indiana. The sweeping blockage of these common sense laws jeopardizes the health and safety of women, leaves women in the dark on issues of fetal pain and the development of human life, and places communities like Fort Wayne and Evansville clearly in the crosshairs for abortion business expansion. This is judicial activism at its absolute worst.”