A federal judge Tuesday put a permanent halt to Indiana’s abortion law defunding Planned Parenthood. The decision ends a two-year legal battle between the state and its largest abortion provider.
Federal judge Tanya Walton Pratt first issued a preliminary injunction in 2011 against an Indiana law that cut off federal funding to abortion providers in the state – effectively meaning Planned Parenthood. Pratt’s ruling, which temporarily halted the law’s effects, has since been upheld by a federal appeals court.
Hoosier women receiving health services from Planned Parenthood of Indiana will not be at risk of losing that access after the U.S. Supreme Court declined to hear an appeal in a case challenging an Indiana law attempting to halt state funding to the organization.
Legislation regulating the abortion-inducing drug known as RU-486 is headed to the governor’s desk after the Senate approved changes made in the House.
The original legislation required women receiving RU-486 to undergo an ultrasound prior to receiving the drug. Changes made in the House allow women to opt-out of viewing the ultrasound or listening to the fetal heartbeat.