Judge grants injunction on state’s controversial abortion law

Staff Report

INDIANAPOLIS — A controversial new law will not go into effect Friday after U.S. District Court Judge Tonya Walton Pratt granted a preliminary injunction.

Planned Parenthood of Indiana and Kentucky filed the lawsuit after the General Assembly passed a law earlier this year that would have banned abortions based on the fetus’ genetic abnormality, gender or race.

“HEA (House Enrolled Act) 1337 is a horrible law, and it deserves to be tossed into the trash,” said Rep. Linda Lawson, D-Hammond, in a statement. “The legislation was conceived hastily, and passed without any consideration for its impact on women across Indiana, which would be immense.”

Indiana Right to Life said earlier this month the organization expected Pratt to grant the injunction. The law also would have required aborted remains to either be buried or cremated.

“Today a federal judge denied the civil rights of unborn children, then proceeded to equate aborted children to common medical waste by blocking dignified disposal,” said Mike Fichter, president and CEO of Indiana Right to Life, in a statement. “This ruling is an appalling human rights injustice and we urge the state to appeal.”

John Gregg, Democratic candidate for governor, also spoke out and said the law is flawed.

“HEA 1337 was always more about Mike Pence’s personal ideology than science, medicine or common sense,” said Gregg in a statement. “As someone who is personally pro-life, I believe this was an unnecessary, irresponsible, poorly thought-out law and am pleased it won’t be going into effect tomorrow.”

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