Indianapolis (AP) — An Indiana judge on Thursday blocked the state’s abortion ban from going into effect, blocking the new law because abortion clinic operators argue it violates the state’s constitution.
Owen County Judge Kelsey Hanlon issued a preliminary injunction against the ban, effective a week ago. The injunction was sought by abortion clinic operators, who argued in a lawsuit that the state’s constitution protects access to a medical procedure.
The ban was approved by the state’s Republican-dominated legislature on August 5 and signed by GOP Gov. Eric Holcomb. This made Indiana the first state to impose strict abortion restrictions since the US Supreme Court struck down federal abortion protections in June by overturning Roe v. Wade.
The judge wrote “there is a reasonable likelihood that this significant restriction of personal autonomy would offend the freedoms guaranteed by the Indiana Constitution” and that the clinics would prevail in the trial.