An Indiana federal judge blocked one of Pence's anti-abortion laws, which was a clear victory for those who believe that women should not be forced to undergo useless procedures in order to exercise their right to an abortion.
In a memo to attorneys sent Tuesday, U.S. District Judge Howard Sachs said he planned to grant a preliminary injunction invalidating requirements for the state's abortion clinics to meet standards for surgical centers and for their doctors to have hospital privileges.
Pratt sided with Planned Parenthood in her ruling, stating says women face "clearly undue" burdens, including lengthy travel to one of only six Planned Parenthood health centers that can offer an informed-consent ultrasound appointment.
A federal judge has blocked an IN law that would have required pregnant women to undergo an ultrasound at least 18 hours prior to an abortion.
Planned Parenthood of Indiana and Kentucky, or PPINK, challenged a provision of Indiana House Enrolled Act No. 1337, which went into effect in July 2016.
A previous state provision required the ultrasound but didn't specify when it had to occur. But as an undisputed leader of a movement that has greatly improved working conditions and health outcomes for women, I can only opine that she would join me in debunking the misinformation and misrepresentation apparent in Mr. Kamm's letter.
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Meanwhile, Watson on Monday suspended all proceedings in Hawaii's lawsuit while the appeal in the 9th Circuit is pending. Despite the changes, two federal judges ruled the revised ban does not appear to be constitutional.
After he became governor or IN, the women of IN got the full brunt of his position, as he signed every piece of anti-abortion legislation that came IN front of him. After all, without federal tax dollars, Planned Parenthood would not be the single largest abortion provider in the United States. Prior to that, women still needed an ultrasound to have an abortion, but the time frame of when it needed to happen was not specified.
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 chose to have.
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CEO of Planned Parenthood of IN and Kentucky, Betty Cockrum, says the requirement flew IN the face of evidence-based medical practices.
Even if the bill would pass through both chambers in Harrisburg, Gov. Tom Wolf, a Democrat, has at several points during his term said he would veto any measure that targets Planned Parenthood or abortion services.
The Planned Parenthood affiliates behind the Missouri lawsuit said in a statement Wednesday they were "strongly encouraged" by Sachs' intention against what they called illegal "and medically unnecessary abortion restrictions in Missouri". Attorneys for the state of IN have not yet said if they will appeal the ruling.