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Law Tightening Parental Consent Requirement for Abortions Faces Lawsuit

Planned Parenthood, ACLU contend changes create undue burden

The ACLU of Indiana will again take the state to court over an new abortion law. The lawsuit is on behalf of Planned Parenthood of Indiana and Kentucky. It targets a law signed by Governor Holcomb which requires abortion providers to obtain written consent from the parent or legal guardian of an unemancipated minor seeking an abortion. The ACLU says it imposes new burdens on a young woman's access to abortion which they say is a violation of constitutional rights.

If you're an underage girl and get pregnant, getting an abortion requires either parental consent or a judge who agrees you're mature enough to decide without them. The law says if the judge turns down that request, the parents are notified. 

Planned Parenthood is also challenging a provision requiring doctors to verify that parents are who they say they are. And the agency maintains a provision banning anyone from helping a minor to get an abortion would make it illegal even to suggest going to another state.

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