HODIANAPOLIS (AP) – Abortion rights groups on Tuesday asked a federal judge to block a new Indiana law that would require doctors who tell women undergoing medical abortions to report controversial treatment to stop the abortion process.
The lawsuit, filed in the U.S. District Court in Indianapolis, alleges that the claim would confuse patients, raise the stigma of having an abortion, and force doctors to provide questionable medical information. The groups want the judge to prevent the so-called “abortion abolition” law from coming into force in July.
Last month, Republican Gov. Eric Holcombe signed into law a bill that BPP lawmakers insisted a woman should have information about stopping abortion if she changes her mind and takes another drug after taking the first of the two drugs used in the procedure. instead
The lawsuit alleges that the claim wrongly distinguished between abortion doctors and their patients.
“No other healthcare provider is required to notify their patients of experimental medical interventions whose safety and effectiveness are not fully guaranteed by reliable scientific evidence that no other patient is required to receive such information as a condition of treatment,” the court said. In the process. ,
Six states already have similar requirements, while in North Dakota, Oklahoma and Tennessee such laws have been blocked by legal challenges, according to the Guttmacher Institute, an abortion rights research group.
The Indiana lawsuit is challenging a new state law that prohibits doctors from providing abortion services with virtual visits to patients.
Republican Attorney General Todd Rokita said his office would try to enforce the law.
“Protecting the God-given right to life, especially for unborn children who cannot protect themselves,” Rokita said in a statement.
According to the latest statistics from the Department of Medical Health, 44% of the approximately 7,600 abortions performed in Indiana in 2019 were due to drug interruptions.
Indiana law is part of a wave of legislation in several Republican-led states to restrict abortion and ban telemedicine abortions.
Indiana’s Republican-dominated legislature has passed a number of abortion restrictions over the past decade, some of which have been blocked by federal court challenges.
Among those challenges, in 2019, a federal judge ruled in favor of a state ban on the second-quarter termination procedure, which legislation called “split abortion.”
In 2019, the U.S. Supreme Court also overturned an Indiana lower court decision that barred a state from having an abortion because of gender, race, or disability. However, it retained some of the 2016 law signed by the then government. Mike Pence: After abortion, demanding to bury or cremate the remains of the fetus.
Peggy Mayfield, a Republican from Martinsville who sponsored this year’s bill, says she is not worried about the possible cost of litigation.
“I think the priority is to save the babies, not whether someone wants to take us to court or not, because we gain some, we lose some,” Mayfield told the committee.