Victory for Hoosier Women: Court Blocks Restrictions on Non-Surgical Abortion in Lafayette
(Indianapolis, Ind.) – Marking a significant victory for Indiana women, a federal district court late Tuesday, Nov. 26 temporarily blocked restrictions on non-surgical abortion scheduled to take effect January 1 while Planned Parenthood’s lawsuit proceeds.
In entering the preliminary injunction on Nov. 26, U.S. District Court Judge Jane Magnus-Stinson found a reasonable likelihood of success in Planned Parenthood’s claim that the law violates its right to equal protection of the law because it treats abortion clinics differently from physicians' offices—even if they prescribe the same medications.
“[The] statute divides medication abortion providers into two groups—‘abortion clinics’ and ‘physician’s offices’—and then treats those groups differently by requiring abortion clinics, but not physician’s offices, to meet physical plant requirements that previously only applied to surgical abortion facilities,” Judge Magnus-Stinson wrote in the ruling. “The State has not presented a rational basis for distinguishing between medication abortion providers in this way.”
For Hoosiers, the ruling means that Planned Parenthood will continue serving the Lafayette community uninterrupted, as it has done for nearly 50 years.
“We are pleased women in Lafayette will continue to have the safe and legal option of non-surgical abortion available to them while this case proceeds,” said Betty Cockrum, president and CEO of Planned Parenthood of Indiana and Kentucky (PPINK). “We continue to believe that the additional restrictions in this new law are in no way related to patient safety. These restrictions are simply part of a coordinated national effort aimed at ending access to safe, legal abortion by trying to shut down Planned Parenthood health care centers, which also provide Pap tests, breast and testicular cancer screenings, birth control, STD testing and treatment and annual wellness exams.”