Federal judge blocks Indiana abortion ultrasound mandate
- Author: Sidney Guerrero Apr 07, 2017,
Apr 07, 2017, 2:23
This was especially burdensome for low-income women, for whom the costs of travel, childcare, and missed wages were simply too much.
U.S. District Judge Tanya Walton Pratt issued a preliminary injunction Friday because of a lawsuit by the ACLU previous year on behalf of Planned Parenthood of IN and Kentucky that took on Indiana's Department of Health and local officials, according to Reuters.
Eventually, after two-tie-breaking votes by Vice President Mike Pence, the Senate voted to repeal the regulation.
It will head to President Trump's desk, where he will likely sign it. Thirteen other states require in-person counseling days or hours before the abortion.
Title X, or the Title X Family Planning Program, is a Nixon-era program that provides federal family-planning grants to community health centers.
Betty Cockrum calls Friday's decision "an incredibly strong ruling" that protects IN women's constitutional right to an abortion. The law passed in IN would mean that poor working women would have to likely travel far distances, not once but twice, in order to obtain an abortion, something the constitution guarantees. In her ruling, Tanya cited a study of 15,000 women served by Planned Parenthood that found 99 percent of women proceeded with an abortion after not viewing an ultrasound, compared with 98.4 percent who DID view an ultrasound.
Both Planned Parenthood and the American Civil Liberties Union contested the mandate back in July, filing a legal challenge to the legislation they said placed "undue burden" on women.
According to the Susan B. Anthony List, "The proposal to redirect taxpayer funding from Planned Parenthood would result in a $422 million increase in federal funding for community health care centers", which now serve at least 24.3 million people.
Supporters of the mandate plan on urging Indiana Attorney General, Curtis Hill, to make an appeal.
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The first restriction requires a center that perform abortions to be licensed as an ambulatory surgical center.
Planned Parenthood receives no federal funding for abortion. But such an approach may end up depriving women of contraceptive care, some suggest. Planned Parenthood has services for women and men who are concerned about their health or who have questions they don't feel comfortable asking elsewhere.
States that attempt to exclude Planned Parenthood from the group of care providers that are eligible for federal Title X funding may face legal opposition.
But even if every state chose to withhold Title X funding from Planned Parenthood - which would never happen in abortion-friendly states like California, New York and others - Planned Parenthood would still receive some $400 million in Medicaid reimbursements.
If all Planned Parenthood received were donor dollars, they would have to split those dollars between those three functions like any other nonprofit.
Kamm might be surprised to learn that keeping youngsters in school and free from the need to consider abortion is of utmost concern to Planned Parenthood.
Though Hasstedt finds such responses "heartening", she sees the variation in state policies as somewhat troubling. He said that stripping funds to the clinics best-prepared to offer birth control services would "disproportionately hurt people in rural and underserved areas where these clinics are more often than not their primary source of health care".