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Twenty Democratic AGs back challenge to Indiana abortion law

(Reuters) – A gaggle of 20 Democratic state attorneys basic have urged a federal appeals court docket to uphold a decrease court docket ruling putting down a number of restrictions on abortion in Indiana, together with a ban on prescribing treatment by way of telemedicine to induce abortion.

The states, together with Illinois, California, New York and Massachusetts, mentioned in an amicus brief filed Monday with the seventh U.S. Circuit Court docket of Appeals that U.S. District Choose Sarah Evans Barker in Indianapolis correctly thought-about the burdens positioned on girls, particularly low-income ones, by the restrictions.

As well as to the telemedicine ban, the disputed restrictions, which stem from a number of legal guidelines handed because the Nineteen Seventies, embrace a requirement that first-trimester abortions be carried out by physicians fairly than different clinicians like nurse practitioners; a requirement that second-trimester abortions be carried out at a hospital or ambulatory surgical heart; and a requirement of in-person counseling earlier than an abortion.

Abortion supplier Entire Lady’s Well being Alliance challenged the restrictions in a lawsuit over the denial of its utility to open an abortion clinic in South Bend.

Barker earlier this 12 months enjoined the restrictions after a bench trial. Indiana, on attraction, argued that the ruling ought to be overturned as a result of comparable rules had withstood constitutional challenges earlier than the U.S. Supreme Court docket.

The states mentioned Monday that it was obligatory to look not solely at precedent however at “the facts and circumstances on the ground,” equivalent to how far girls should journey to acquire abortion below the principles, to decide whether or not the principles have been an undue burden.

The workplace of Indiana Lawyer Normal Todd Rokita couldn’t instantly be reached for remark. Twenty-two Republican-led states beforehand filed a short in Indiana’s help.

The case is Entire Lady’s Well being Alliance v. Rokita, seventh U.S. Circuit Court docket of Appeals, No. 21-2480.

For the amici: Illinois Lawyer Normal Kwame Raoul, Solicitor Normal Jane Elinor Notz and Deputy Solicitor Normal Sarah Starvation

For Indiana: Thomas Fisher of the Lawyer Normal’s workplace

Brendan Pierson

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