Indiana wants ban on abortion pill law lifted

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INDIANAPOLIS (AP) — State attorneys asking a federal judge to lift an order blocking an Indiana abortion pill law that critics claim targets a Planned Parenthood clinic in Lafayette say women could seek the procedure elsewhere.

The Indiana attorney general’s office filed a brief Monday supporting its request for summary judgment in the case. Both sides asked Judge Jane Magnus-Stinson to rule in their favor after she issued a preliminary injunction blocking the 2013 law in November.

The law mandates that clinics performing drug-induced abortions meet the same standards as those that perform surgical abortions. The Lafayette clinic offers only the abortion-inducing pills.

Planned Parenthood of Indiana president Betty Cockrum says the group won’t close the Lafayette clinic if it loses the case, but the might stop offering abortions there. provides commenting to allow for constructive discussion on the stories we cover. In order to comment here, you confirm your email address and acknowledge you have read and agreed to our Terms of Service. Commenters who violate these terms, including use of vulgar language or racial slurs, will be banned. Please be respectful of the opinions of others and keep the conversation on topic and civil. If you see an inappropriate comment, please flag it for our moderators to review.

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