Planned Parenthood sues Indiana on abortion pill law
The federal lawsuit filed Thursday claims the law violates equal protection rights because it requires the Planned Parenthood clinic in Lafayette to meet the same standards as surgical abortion clinics but doesn't apply those rules to the offices of doctors who distribute the abortion pill.
Surgical abortions aren't done at the Lafayette clinic. Planned Parenthood officials maintain the only purpose of requiring it to have separate procedure and recovery rooms is to restrict women's access to the abortion pill.
"These legislative changes specifically targeting PPINK's Lafayette health care center are not reasonably related to any legitimate purpose," said Ken Falk, ACLU of Indiana legal director. "The laws irrationally and invidiously discriminate against PPINK and pose a significant and unnecessary burden that violates the Constitution's guarantees of privacy, due process and equal protection."
The law was approved in April by the Republican-dominated Legislature. Supporters say it's aimed at ensuring the abortion pill is given under proper medical care.
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