Judge to hear bid to block Indiana abortion ultrasound law

A federal judge is set to hear arguments in Planned Parenthood’s bid to block a new Indiana mandate that women undergo an ultrasound at least 18 hours before having an abortion.

Judge Tanya Walton Pratt in Indianapolis will hear arguments at 2:30 p.m. Thursday from attorneys for Planned Parenthood, who are seeking a preliminary injunction blocking the mandate, and attorneys for the state, who oppose that move. Arguments will take place in Room 344 of the Birch Bayh Federal Building and U.S. Courthouse in Indianapolis.

Planned Parenthood of Kentucky and Indiana sued the state after the mandate took effect July 1, saying it's unconstitutional and will prevent some women from getting abortions. Planned Parenthood is represented by the American Civil Liberties Union of Indiana.

The requirement that women undergo ultrasounds at least 18 hours before an abortion replaces Indiana’s previous requirement that women get an ultrasound before having an abortion. That mandate did not specify when that ultrasound had to occur.

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