The Tug of War Over Reproductive Rights


U.S. District Judge Tanya Walton Pratt recently blocked an Indiana state law requiring women to get an ultrasound 18 hours before getting an abortion. The judge found the measure to be overly burdensome for low income women. Judge Pratt’s ruling, which was issued on Friday March 31st, came after a lawsuit was filed by the ACLU on behalf of Planned Parenthood. The suit was filed against Indiana’s Department of Health and local officials.

A major victory for pro-choice activists, the ruling abolished HEA 1337’s extremely restrictive provisions. The extreme provisions included a ban on abortions when an anomaly was detected in the fetus, a mandate to bury or cremate the aborted fetus, and a requirement for abortion clinics to have admitting privileges.

Additionally, on Friday April 14th, a federal judge halted two abortion laws in Tennessee. One law required abortion clinics to have hospital admitting privileges and the other restriction required abortion providers to have surgical standards akin to those of hospitals. The judge’s decision to halt the measures followed an agreement in a lawsuit filed by abortion clinics against the state.

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