Indiana’s law banning most abortions has gone into effect

The law was passed in a special session this summer, when Indiana became the first state to pass a restrictive abortion law after the judge’s decision.

The law provides exceptions to save the woman’s life, to prevent any serious health risk to the woman, and for fatal fetal abnormalities up to 20 weeks after fertilization. It also allows exceptions for some abortions if the pregnancy was the result of rape or incest within the first 10 weeks after fertilization.

Under the law, abortion clinics are no longer state-licensed facilities and cannot provide abortions. The law now requires that all abortions be performed in a licensed hospital, or in an ambulatory surgical center owned by a licensed hospital.

Abortion providers who violate the law face up to six years in prison and a $10,000 fine.

Medication abortion is already banned in the state after eight weeks post-fertilization.

Abortion providers and a nonprofit that operates a pregnancy resource center in the state filed a lawsuit last month seeking to block the ban from taking effect.

They argue that the law “will violate Hoosiers’ right to privacy, violate Indiana’s guarantee of equal privileges and immunities, and violate the Constitution’s due process clause through its constitutionally vague language.”

“Those who suffer from pregnancy complications or are at risk of serious and permanent damage to their health during pregnancy – but who do not meet the limited exception for serious health risks established in SB 1 – will be forced to remain pregnant and may suffer serious and life-threatening risks. long-term health damage” , they said in the complaint filed Aug. 31 in Monroe Circuit Court.

“Even patients whose pregnancies should qualify for SB 1’s narrow Health or Life Exception may not be able to obtain an abortion because doctors will credibly fear being judged for using their professional medical judgment unless government officials disagree with the patient’s situation.”

A preliminary hearing is scheduled for Monday for the plaintiffs. The plaintiffs have also asked the court for a temporary restraining order.