Indiana sued over abortion pill measure by Planned Parenthood
INDIANAPOLIS — Planned Parenthood on Thursday filed a federal challenge to a new Indiana law requiring clinics that administer the so-called abortion pill to have full surgical facilities, a requirement it says would halt abortion services in a central Indiana clinic.
Under the law, Planned Parenthood would have to upgrade its clinic in Lafayette, Ind., to surgical standards or stop administering RU-486, commonly called the abortion pill, the nonprofit said in a lawsuit filed in Indianapolis federal court.
Imposing surgical facility requirements on clinics where no surgery is performed “is not only unreasonable, it is utterly irrational,” Planned Parenthood of Indiana and Kentucky said in the lawsuit, which seeks a federal court injunction.
Legislators supporting the law that took effect July 1 have said it would protect women's health. It requires clinics providing nonsurgical abortions to have separate procedure, recovery and scrub rooms like surgical centers starting Jan. 1.
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