Lawsuit Over New Abortion Law

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A lawsuit is filed in regards to a new, controversial abortion law recently signed in Indiana.

The American Civil Liberties Union of Indiana filed a lawsuit Thursday against the Indiana State Department of Health, prosecutors of several counties and the state medical licensing board.

The lawsuit was filed on behalf of Planned Parenthood of Indiana and Kentucky.

It’s in response to a new law that imposes restrictions on women seeking abortions and their health care providers.

The law prohibits abortions based solely on the fetus’s race, color, national origin, ancestry sex or potential diagnosis of a disability.

The ACLU of Indiana and Planned Parenthood of Indiana and Kentucky claim “the law violates due process and equal protection under the Fourteenth Amendment as well as First Amendment rights of free speech”.

In a statement, ACLU of Indiana Legal Director Ken Falk said, “The United States Supreme Court has repeatedly stressed that a woman, not the state, is to determine whether or not to obtain an abortion. The State of Indiana’s attempt to invade a woman’s privacy and to control her decision in this regard is unprecedented and unconstitutional.”

Following the announcement of the lawsuit, Indiana Right to Life President and CEO Mike Fichter issued a statement, saying “”Planned Parenthood’s lawsuit against the Dignity for the Unborn law comes as no surprise. This is the same song and dance we have seen from the abortion provider anytime they feel their lucrative abortion business is threatened. They look to the courts and activist judges to rule in their favor. Planned Parenthood boasts $2 million a year in abortion revenue in Indiana alone. They oppose any common sense law that protects women and children because they want to protect their bottom line.
 
The Dignity for the Unborn law protects the most vulnerable among the unborn targeted for abortion because of their gender, race or a potential disability. It calls for respectful disposal of aborted human remains. Hoosiers believe all lives have value and Planned Parenthood’s opposition to this law just shows how extreme on abortion they truly are.”

Indiana Governor Mike Pence signed the bill into law last month.

It will take effect in July.

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