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Common second trimester abortion procedure now banned in Indiana

<p>A pregnant woman lays in a hospital bed. A federal judge allowed a 2019 ban on the most common second trimester abortion procedure to take effect in Indiana on Thursday. </p>

A pregnant woman lays in a hospital bed. A federal judge allowed a 2019 ban on the most common second trimester abortion procedure to take effect in Indiana on Thursday.

A federal judge allowed a 2019 ban on the most common second trimester abortion procedure to take place in Indiana on Thursday, according to the IndyStar

The law bans dilation and evacuation abortions except in cases where the life or health of the individual is in danger. D&E procedures make up 95% of second trimester abortions, with other options used less commonly due to their expense and potential for complications. 

After the law was passed, the American Civil Liberties Union sued on the basis it was unconstitutional. A judge with the U.S. District Court for the Southern District of Indiana filed an injunction, stopping the law from taking place. 

Judge Sarah Evans Barker lifted the injunction due to the recent Supreme Court decision that overturned Roe v. Wade

The law carries a Level 5 felony for the person performing D&E abortions, which consists of one to six years in prison and up to $10,000 in fines. The pregnant person or those aiding in the abortion will not be charged.

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