ACLU, Planned Parenthood File Federal Suit Against Indiana Anti-Abortion Law
The American Civil Liberties Union of Indiana filed a federal lawsuit against the state of Indiana yesterday for a new law that singles-out one clinic for offering the abortion pill.
The lawsuit, filed on behalf of Planned Parenthood Indiana and Kentucky, calls the new restrictions "unconstitutional" and singles out the sole clinic providing medication abortions for regulation. The law would require clinics offering Mifepristone, the non-surgical abortion-inducing pill, to adhere to the same requirements as surgical facilities.
One clinic in Indiana, located in Lafayette, would be affected by the mandate and pro-choice advocates say the law is specifically targeting that facility.
"Imposing requirements for such things as surgical scrub facilities and surgical recovery rooms, when there is no surgical procedure ever performed at the clinic, is not only unreasonable, it is utterly irrational," the complaint says.
The legislation is set to take place Jan. 1, 2014.
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