Sunday, November 14, 2021
A group of 20 Democratic state attorneys general have urged a federal appeals court to uphold a lower court ruling striking down several restrictions on abortion in Indiana, including a ban on prescribing medication via telemedicine to induce abortion.
The states, including Illinois, California, New York and Massachusetts, said in an amicus brief filed Monday with the 7th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals that U.S. District Judge Sarah Evans Barker in Indianapolis properly considered the burdens placed on women, especially low-income ones, by the restrictions.
The states said Monday that it was necessary to look not only at precedent but at "the facts and circumstances on the ground," such as how far women must travel to obtain abortion under the rules, to determine whether the rules were an undue burden.
Twenty-two Republican-led states previously filed a brief in Indiana's support.
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