Judge blocks Indiana law banning second-trimester abortion procedure

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A federal judge late Friday issued an injunction blocking a new Indiana law from taking effect Monday that would have prohibited the most common procedure used to perform second-trimester abortions.

Senior Judge Sarah Evans Barker’s 53-page order blocks enactment of House Enrolled Act 1211, which she noted banned “an abortion procedure known to medicine as ‘dilation and evacuation’… and referred to by its political opponents as ‘dismemberment abortion.’” 

Barker’s order grants a preliminary injunction sought by Dr. Caitlin Bernard in a suit brought by the American Civil Liberties Union of Indiana.

“HEA 1211 prohibits physicians from utilizing the most common, safest, often most cost effective, and best understood method of second trimester abortion, requiring instead resort to alternatives that are medically riskier, more costly, less reliable, and in some instances simply unavailable, while accomplishing little more than expressing hostility towards the constitutionally fundamental right of women to control their own reproductive lives” as established in Roe v. Wade, Barker wrote.

 The ACLU had filed the lawsuit in April, just one day after Gov. Eric Holcomb signed the bill into law. 

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