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Tue Jan 24, 2023, 08:53 PM

Indiana Supreme Court hears testimony about abortion ban

Following the U.S. Supreme Courtís decision to overturn Roe v. Wade, Indiana quickly passed a sweeping ban on abortion in most cases that went into effect in August. The law prohibits the procedure in all cases except for rape and incest, risk to the motherís health and lethal fetal anomaly. Even then, under the law women can only receive an abortion up to ten weeks after fertilization.

However, a lawsuit filed by abortion providers and the American Civil Liberties Union of Indiana halted the abortion ban. They contend that the Indiana constitution protects the right to privacy, and therefore a womanís ability to make her own healthcare decisions.

The court heard arguments from both sides of the issue during the 70-minute hearing, and they did not give a clear timetable for their ruling. Although courts are supposed to be nonpartisan, all five justices on Indianaís Supreme Court lean conservative, so it is unlikely they will rule in favor of striking down the ban.

In a post-Roe v. Wade world, state supreme courts could be the deciding factor in women having access to safe abortion care. In Wisconsin, for example, the Republican-controlled legislature is not interested in changing the stateís 19th century abortion ban. However, an upcoming election for their state Supreme court could swing the court liberal and open a path to legal abortion care returning to the state.


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