A federal judge Tuesday put a permanent halt to Indiana’s abortion law defunding Planned Parenthood. The decision ends a two-year legal battle between the state and its largest abortion provider.
Federal judge Tanya Walton Pratt first issued a preliminary injunction in 2011 against an Indiana law that cut off federal funding to abortion providers in the state – effectively meaning Planned Parenthood. Pratt’s ruling, which temporarily halted the law’s effects, has since been upheld by a federal appeals court.
Hoosier women receiving health services from Planned Parenthood of Indiana will not be at risk of losing that access after the U.S. Supreme Court declined to hear an appeal in a case challenging an Indiana law attempting to halt state funding to the organization.
Legislation regulating the abortion-inducing drug known as RU-486 is headed to the governor’s desk after the Senate approved changes made in the House.
The original legislation required women receiving RU-486 to undergo an ultrasound prior to receiving the drug. Changes made in the House allow women to opt-out of viewing the ultrasound or listening to the fetal heartbeat.
A bill regulating abortion-inducing drugs administered at Indiana abortion clinics will advance to the House floor after passage in committee Wednesday.
When the bill passed the Senate, it required women receiving the abortion-inducing drug known as RU-486 to undergo an ultrasound prior to taking the drug. Changes in the House committee Wednesday would require the ultrasound to be offered but allow women to turn it down.
The bill now only forces changes at one Indiana location – a Planned Parenthood clinic in Lafayette.
Legislation regulating how abortion clinics dispense abortion-inducing drugs no longer requires an ultrasound after the drug is taken. But Democrats say an amendment made to the bill Monday isn’t good enough.