Indiana abortion clinic law ruled unconstitutional

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INDIANAPOLIS (AP) — A federal judge has ruled against an Indiana law that changed the state’s classification of abortion clinics to include sites that only perform drug-induced abortions.

District Judge Jane Magnus-Stinson released a ruling Wednesday saying the 2013 law violated equal protection rights by treating a Planned Parenthood clinic in Lafayette differently than physician offices that provide the same medications.

Opponents have maintained the law was aimed at shutting down the Lafayette clinic since it faced expensive renovations to meet the same building standards as surgical abortion clinics.

Magnus-Stinson issued an injunction last year that blocked the law from taking effect after Planned Parenthood’s lawsuit was filed.

State attorneys have argued the law requires the clinic to be “minimally prepared” in case a woman who was prescribed the abortion pill suffers complications. provides commenting to allow for constructive discussion on the stories we cover. In order to comment here, you 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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