Judge to hear challenge to new Indiana abortion restrictions

Judge to hear challenge to new Indiana abortion restrictions”

Planned Parenthood of IN and Kentucky say portions of the new law are unconstitutional.

INDIANAPOLIS — A federal judge sounded skeptical of a new IN abortion law Tuesday while hearing a request to block parts of the law that will make it tougher for girls under age 18 to get an abortion without their parents' knowledge.

The other provision Planned Parenthood seeks to halt deals with what's called "parental notification".

While it is a fact that women can receive cancer screenings, be tested for sexually transmitted diseases, and receive contraceptives at Planned Parenthood, a large part of the organization's daily work still includes abortion.

Planned Parenthood of IN and Kentucky is seeking an injunction blocking portions of the law that would make it tougher for girls under age 18 to get an abortion without their parents' knowledge.

Under current IN law, girls under 18 must either get their parents' consent to have an abortion or seek a judge's permission.

Falk said the requirements in that statute are vague, and Barker also had questions about that language, asking him what the definition of a "reasonable" person might be.

Barker said notifying a minor's parent, legal guardian or custodian that she was seeking an abortion could cause significant family discord and also create a "substantial obstacle" for the minor seeking the abortion.

Another provision bars anyone from helping a pregnant minor get an abortion without consent. Fisher said no and further said the provisions of the new law were within the state's authority because it advances a government interest, specifically the interest of enabling parents to guide their children through such important decisions and to comfort their children after those decisions have been made.

"Indiana already has a parental consent law", said Jane Henegar, ACLU of IN executive director.

Barker indicated she'll make a decision before the law takes effect July 1.

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