The Indiana Supreme Court puts the state’s abortion ban on hold

through: TOM DAVIES | Associated Press



INDIANAPOLIS (AP) — The Indiana Supreme Court on Wednesday issued an order preventing the state from enforcing a Republican-backed abortion ban while it reviews whether it violates the state’s constitution.

The court said in the order that it was accepting appeals against a judge’s decision last month that blocked the law a week after it went into effect. It denied a request by the attorney general’s office to lift the injunction and scheduled a hearing on the lawsuit filed by abortion clinic operators for January 12.

Owen County Judge Kelsey Hanlon blocked enforcement of the law, writing that “there is a reasonable likelihood that this substantial limitation of personal autonomy violates the liberty guarantees of the Indiana Constitution” and that the clinics will prevail in the lawsuit.

The ban was approved by the state’s Republican-dominated legislature on Aug. 5 and signed into law by GOP Gov. Eric Holcomb. This made Indiana the first state to enact stricter abortion restrictions since the US Supreme Court overturned federal protections on abortion by ruling Roe v. Wade lifted in June. The Indiana Supreme Court puts the state’s abortion ban on hold

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