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Victory for Hoosier Women: Court Rules Indiana Law Restricting Abortion Unconstitutional

Law Would Have Applied only to Lafayette Planned Parenthood

A federal court judge on Wednesday sided with the American Civil Liberties Union (ACLU) of Indiana in a case involving Planned Parenthood of Indiana and Kentucky (PPINK).

In her ruling, U.S. District Court Judge Jane Magnus-Stinson said the law unfairly treats abortion clinics differently from physicians' offices—even if they prescribe the same medications. She also said the State of Indiana had presented “no rational basis for this unequal treatment.”

The law would have required abortion facilities that offer only non-surgical abortions to meet the same licensing standards as surgical abortion facilities. PPINK’s Lafayette health center is the only such facility. The law also would have required surgical abortion facilities operating before 2006 to meet newer licensing standards without having the option to be granted a waiver that other facilities have. The judge’s ruling also struck down that portion of the law.

“We are very pleased with this victory, which protects a woman’s constitutional right to reproductive health care,” said PPINK President and CEO Betty Cockrum. “Medically unnecessary laws such as this are designed to chip away at a woman’s right to access a safe, legal abortion. Countless medical professionals are on record that such laws do nothing to protect a woman’s health and safety, and we are thankful the court recognized the irrational basis of this law.”

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