Indiana Reason Ban

Court Blocks Indiana Reason Ban

A federal court blocked an Indiana law that would ban abortion based on a woman’s reason for choosing pregnancy termination—including if the fetus has a diagnosis of a disability or potentially life-threatening condition.  The action is a preliminary injunction, but the court stated that the “likelihood of success on the merits of this claim appears quite strong.”  The decision posited that “it is a woman’s right to choose an abortion that is protected, which, of course, leaves no room for the State to examine the basis or bases upon which a woman makes her choice.” 

Dr. Brownsyne Tucker Edmonds, Legislative Chair of Indiana ACOG, voiced opposition to the law in a March opinion piece, stating that “this bill established that, no matter how severe; no matter the degree of pain and suffering expected for the child; no matter how devastating the condition — the parents have no say. This is cruel.”  Read ACOG’s statement on “reason bans” here.  


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