INDIANAPOLIS (AP) - A federal judge has blocked a new Indiana law set to
take effect on Jan. 1 that would have effectively shut down Lafayette’s only
U.S. District Court Judge Jane Magnus-Stinson on Tuesday blocked the start
of the new law while she considers a challenge filed by the American Civil
Liberties Union of Indiana. The ACLU is challenging a set of rules passed by
Republican lawmakers earlier this year mandating that clinics that perform
nonsurgical abortions by dispensing an abortion pill meet the same standards
as those that perform surgical abortions.
The law would effectively shut down the only abortion clinic in Lafayette, a
city of about 68,000, by requiring that it add things such as a recovery
room and surgical equipment. Lawyers for the ACLU argued the state law
violates the Constitution’s equal protection clause. The ACLU also argued
that the new law was similar to other laws that federal courts have struck
down. Lawyers for the state argued the law is a valid product of the General
“This new law reflects the policy judgment of Indiana legislators elected by
our citizens,” Attorney General Greg Zoeller said.
He said because of the narrow ruling his office will consult with state
lawmakers before deciding how to proceed.
Arguments on the preliminary injunction motion were heard Oct. 30.