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Indiana plans to appeal abortion law order

September 26, 2017

Indiana plans to appeal a federal judge's order that permanently blocks the state from enforcing a provision of a law passed last year that would ban abortions sought due to fetal genetic abnormalities.

Attorney General Curtis Hill said Monday in a statement that he's disappointed by Friday's ruling and plans to appeal to the 7th Circuit Court of Appeals in Chicago.

U.S. District Judge Tanya Walton Pratt issued an order Friday permanently blocking the state from banning abortions sought due to fetal genetic abnormalities and from requiring that aborted fetuses be buried or cremated. Pratt's ruling says the provisions violate women's due process rights under the Constitution and "directly contravene well-established law."

Hill says the ruling clears "the path for genetic discrimination that once seemed like science fiction." He adds that the law's fetal disposal provision "is hardly an impingement of anyone's individual rights."

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