Monday, June 13, 2016
Ind. Courts - More on: State files response in ACLU/PPIK challenge to abortion law
A federal judge will hold a hearing this week to consider a bid to block Indiana's new abortion law from taking effect on July 1. The law, which conservative Republican Gov. Mike Pence signed off on in March, includes a provision banning abortions sought because of a fetus' genetic abnormalities. Here is a look at the law's provisions and the arguments that are likely to come up during the hearing Tuesday. * * *
Indiana University law professor Dawn Johnsen said the law would threaten the "frank, comprehensive discussions" women considering abortions need to have with their doctors.
"This law places a terrible chilling effect on those conversations by saying certain aspects of the decision are going to be controlled by the government," she said, calling that "a terrible specter." * * *
The case is before U.S. District Court Judge Tanya Walton Pratt, who in 2011 ruled against an Indiana law that would have prohibited entities that perform abortions from obtaining state funding.
Johnsen said she expects Pratt to find the new abortion law unconstitutional. She said the Indiana case, unlike some that challenged abortion laws in other states, won't require the court "to engage in any kind of novel analysis" of issues related to women's right to an abortion.
"It should be very straightforward case, a very easy case," she said.
Posted by Marcia Oddi on June 13, 2016 11:00 AM
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