Thursday, April 26, 2018
Indiana abortion law signed by Mike Pence ruled unconstitutional
CNN (Apr. 20, 2018): Indiana abortion law signed by Mike Pence ruled unconstitutional, by Clare Foran:
A federal appeals court has ruled that an Indiana abortion law signed by Vice President Mike Pence when he served as the state's governor is unconstitutional.
The legislation, signed by Pence in March 2016, barred a woman from getting an abortion based on her reason. Specifically, it would have prohibited abortions if the sole reason for the abortion is the fetus’s race, color, national origin, ancestry, sex or diagnosis of a statutorily-defined “disability” or “potential diagnosis” of a “disability,” including Down syndrome.
In the 7th Circuit Court of Appeals' ruling, Judge William Bauer wrote that the provisions in the law that bar women from seeking abortions in certain cases "clearly violate" what he described as "well-established Supreme Court precedent, and are therefore, unconstitutional."
The case was brought by Planned Parenthood of Indiana and Kentucky against the commissioner of the Indiana State Department of Health.
In related news, Planned Parenthood and the ACLU have brought a new suit against an Indiana restriction passed this year.