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.