Judge plans to block abortion-restricting abortion rules

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The ultrasound mandate was in a larger package of abortion restrictions signed into law past year by Vice President Mike Pence, who was serving as governor of the state at the time.

The Indiana law is not unique, in fact many other states have tried and failed to impose similar legislation.

Ilyse Hogue, president of NARAL Pro-Choice America, called the legislation "one of the most extreme anti-abortion measures in the country".

Judge Tanya Pratt negated that mandate last week, saying it would create "significant financial and other burdens" on Planned Parenthood and its clients - particularly low-income women.

The Planned Parenthood clinic on Fairfield Street is among those faced with a possible loss of federal funding.

A preliminary injunction has been granted against the provision.

This is especially true as the number of abortion providers has shrunk nationwide, meaning that in some states, there is only one or two locations to obtain an abortion in the entire state. He said he would give the state time to craft a plan for patients to avoid unintended "collateral damage" from the injunction, which was sought by Planned Parenthood. Under the Hyde Amendment, passed in 1976, federal funding can't be used for abortion services except for cases of rape, incest, or endangerment to the woman's life - the rape and incest exception was added in 1997. He works as an Online Marketing Consultant for, providing web marketing services for clients in Albany, Goldsboro.

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"Simply put, the State has not provided any convincing evidence that requiring an ultrasound to occur eighteen hours prior to an abortion rather than on the day of an abortion makes it any more likely that a woman will choose not to have an abortion", Pratt wrote. Prior to that, women still needed an ultrasound to have an abortion, but the time frame of when it needed to happen was not specified.

"We wish Indiana's politicians would leave the practice of medicine to doctors and health care providers rather than interfering yet again", Betty Cockrum, president and CEO of Planned Parenthood of IN and Kentucky, said IN an ACLU press release at the time.

The financially rich Planned Parenthood could have solved the problem by installing sonogram equipment at its satellite centers.

Only four of those 17 centers offer abortion services, the group says, and the only providers of non-medically indicated abortion services in the state that are not affiliated with PPINK are located in Indianapolis, forcing women from rural areas to travel there to get an abortion.

Planned Parenthood of IN and Kentucky (PPINK), which brought the case against the law to court with the help of the American Civil Liberties Union (ACLU) of IN, celebrated the "major victory".

Fichter urged Indiana Attorney General Curtis Hill to appeal the case in a higher court.

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