There’s an Indiana judge out there that isn’t responsive to arguments regarding the abortion ban, and likely won’t be until the following week on a lawsuit that will block the state’s abortion ban. This new law is likely to start up on Thursday. The judge itself would be overseeing the case through an issue on Monday’s order. This could be setting a court hearing for September 19th, which in itself will be about four days after the ban’s effective date.
Furthermore, the legislature, dominated by Republicans, have approved the tighter abortion restriction to occur to showcase a two-week special legislative session having ended on August 5th. This in turn would be making Indiana the first state since the U.S. Supreme Court has eliminated federal abortion protections to overturn Roe V. Wade in June.
Indiana abortion clinic operators have made the move to file the lawsuit August 31st, therefore stating that the ban has many limited exceptions. in violation of the Indiana Constitution. The clinics’ representation, the America Civil Liberties Union of Indiana, has asked the judge to issue the order before Thursday in order to temporarily prevent enforcement of the law. It’s arguable that this would allow the law to “prohibit the overwhelming majority of abortions in Indiana and, as such, will have a devastating and irreparable impact on the plaintiffs and, more importantly, their patients and clients,” according to court documents.
In such an instance, it’s surprising there aren’t more lawsuits coming out of the woodwork to really make the choice even more of a matter of pro-life or pro-death.
This is definitely a developed situation.
The Indiana ban specifically lists only certain exception between abortions in cases of incest and rape. This is about ten weeks post-fertilization, all to secure the life and physical health of the mother. Additionally, when the fetus is diagnosed with lethal anomalies. This is very inconvenient. Not to mention, the fresh law prohibits the abortion clinics from giving away abortion care. In which case, it leaves the services to the responsibility of the hospitals.
So far there hasn’t been any court action taking place, because of a separate lawsuit that has been filed to argue the ban goes against Indiana’s religious freedom law. Ironically, this is a law the Republicans started about seven years ago.
As a whole, the situation is dire. Luckily, Planned Parenthood is keeping their four abortion clinics open for other medical services.