Federal judge blocks IN ultrasound requirement

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07 April, 2017

On Friday, a federal judge blocked an IN law requiring women get an ultrasound at least 18 hours before they undergo an abortion.

U.S. District Judge Tanya Walton Pratt's ruling, issued late Friday, grants a preliminary injunction temporarily blocking the ultrasound waiting period.

"These burdens are clearly undue when weighed against the nearly complete lack of evidence that the law furthers the State's asserted justifications of promoting fetal life and women's mental health outcomes", Pratt wrote in her 53-page ruling.

The bill, according to the memo, is modeled after last session's failed House Bill 1623, which identified Planned Parenthood specifically as an "unconventional" provider of women's health services. Add in the part about what the judge called "an undue burden on a woman's right to choose to have an abortion", and you've got yourself an unconstitutional law.

Last week, Vice President Mike Pence cast a tie-breaking vote in the Senate to repeal a recent Obama-era guidance on Title X funds that explicitly prevents states from denying funds to family planning clinics that also provide abortion services. He works as an Online Marketing Consultant for, providing web marketing services for clients in Albany, Goldsboro. Previously, women could obtain ultrasounds immediately before an abortion.

A representative from the George Soros-funded dissident group Catholics for Choice (CFC) said she supports Planned Parenthood, America's largest abortion provider, because "our Catholic social justice tradition compels us to stand with the poor and the most vulnerable in our society".

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Pratt also found that "there is little to no concrete evidence" to support the state's argument that informed-consent waiting periods decrease the likelihood that a woman will go through with an abortion they already made a decision to have.

With HEA 1337, IN lawmakers created several new provisions regulating abortions IN the state, but Friday's ruling addresses only the ultrasound mandate.

Pratt's reason for granting the injunction was that the ultrasound mandate put an undue burden on low-income women and that it was unnecessary, Reuters reported. Ken Falk, the legal director of the ACLU of IN, said that the state had 30 days to appeal Pratt's ruling.

The financially rich Planned Parenthood could have solved the problem by installing sonogram equipment at its satellite centers.

Planned Parenthood affiliates based in St. Louis and Kansas City in December sued the Missouri Department of Health and Senior Services, state attorney general and four county prosecutors, seeking a ruling to invalidate state laws mandating hospital admitting privileges for abortion doctors and licensing as ambulatory surgical centers for abortion clinics. The state has 30 days to file an appeal.


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