Federal Judge Strikes Down Key Abortion Laws

(PresidentialInsider.com)- Many of Indiana’s abortion laws were recently ruled unconstitutional by a federal judge this week. Some of the state’s abortion laws were upheld by the same judge.

One laws that was struck down were ones that said just physicians and not nurse practitioners can perform certain types of abortion care. Another that was struck down was one regarding a ban on telemedicine.

Those that were upheld included one that requires an ultrasound to be performed before abortions, as well as medical abortions that met all standards set by the Food and Drug Administration.

Almost immediately following the rulings, Todd Rokita, the attorney general of the state of Indiana, appealed the judge’s decision to the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Seventh Circuit.

Rokita commented that the decision by the court “only strengthens our resolve to keep fighting for the lives of unborn children and the health of mothers.”

He also argued that the permanent injunction that was placed on several of the state’s abortion laws don’t match up with previous legal precedent. That ruling was issued by Sarah Evans Barker, the federal judge in the case.

Rokita said:

“We will continue to fight to defend Indiana’s commonsense abortion laws and to build a culture of life in Indiana.”

An appeal of the case was always expected, almost no matter what the outcome ended up being. As Elizabeth Nash, a state policy analyst for the Guttmacher Institute, said:

“So much of what we are seeing now is focused on moving state level near-total and early bans up to the U.S. Supreme Court so that the Court has the opportunity to weaken or overturn abortion rights and pave the way for banning abortion at the state level.”

The Guttmacher Institute is an organization that promotes expanding access to abortions across the country.

The plaintiff in the case was Whole Woman’s Health Alliance. The CEO of that group, Amy Hagstrom Miller, called the judge’s Tuesday rulings a victory. She said in a statement:

“Providing abortion care in Indiana has not been easy, and Whole Woman’s Health of South Bend is grateful to the courts for upholding the right to evidence-based abortion care by overturning these unjust and burdensome regulations.”

The state has argued in court that the restrictions that are placed on abortions in Indiana are in place to ensure that the highest quality of care is given to women in the state. Lawyers for the state have pointed to the requirement that all patients get an in-person examination before an abortion as an example of this.

One of the state’s attorneys, Thomas Fisher, commented:

“All of this helps to safeguard a woman’s life and health.”

In addition to these rulings, there are other lawsuits that are going through the state’s court system that are challenging Indiana’s abortion laws. They are currently at the district court level, but are expected to rise up through the state legal system regardless of what the decisions are.