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Planned Parenthood Sues to Block Another Indiana Abortion Law

Restrictions have been ruled unconstitutional each of the last two years

(INDIANAPOLIS) - Four days after one Indiana abortion law was ruled unconstitutional, Planned Parenthood is suing to block another one.


Legislators voted last month to require annual inspections of abortion clinics, and require doctors to report any complications to the state. Planned Parenthood argues since other medical facilities don't face any similar requirement, the law violates the Constitution's equal protection clause.


Clinics and other medical facilities are currently inspected every other year.


And ACLU Indiana legal director Ken Falk contends the definition of "complications" is too vague. The law lists 25 examples, from failing to fully remove the fetus to the patient's death. But the law introduces that list by requiring reports of "any physical or psychological complications." Falk argues that leaves doctors to guess what else might be covered besides the listed examples.


Falk says several of the listed complications either have nothing to do with abortion, or are far more common in other medical procedures. And one listed issue, blood clots, is an expected side effect after an abortion.


The case has been assigned to U.S. District Judge Richard L. Young. No hearing date has been set.


The law is scheduled to take effect July 1. In each of the last two years, federal judges struck down new abortion regulations before they could take effect. Last week, a federal appeals court upheld the invalidation of a 2016 law banning women from using the fetus's gender, race or disability as a reason to seek an abortion.

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