Access to abortions has been temporarily restored in Indiana, after Special Judge Kelsey B. Hanlon issued a ruling that blocked the state’s controversial, near-total ban.
Healthcare providers will be able to continue providing abortions while litigation continues, according to a release from the American Civil Liberties Union of Indiana.
Indiana’s abortion ban went into effect Sep. 15. Shortly after the law was passed, the ACLU of Indiana filed a lawsuit in Monroe County in August challenging Senate Bill 1, asking the court to block the ban from taking effect.
SB 1 was the first abortion ban to be passed in the U.S. after the Supreme Court overturned the historic Roe v. Wade case earlier this year. SB 1 bans all abortions unless a pregnancy poses a serious health risk to the mother, the pregnancy is a result of rape or incest or if the fetus is diagnosed with a lethal abnormality.
“We are grateful that the court granted much needed relief for patients, clients, and providers but this fight is far from over,” the Planned Parenthood Federation of America, ACLU of Indiana and other abortion rights groups said in a joint statement.
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