(Indianapolis, Ind.) - The Americal Civil Liberties Union of Indiana is suing that State of Indiana over its newest abortion law.
Senate Enrolled Act 371 expanded the term “abortion clinic” to include facilities where pregnancy termination pills are given. That means those facilities, such as Planned Parenthood offices, have to meet the same physical requirements as officers where surgical procedures are performed.
The provisions of the law target just one facility, however: the Planned Parenthood of Indiana and Kentucky’s office in Lafayette, Indiana.
Soon after Governor Mike Pence signed the bill into law in May, the PPINK and the ACLU vowed a lawsuit. They followed through Thursday with a complaint that claims the law unfairly targets the Lafayette facility. The suit argues that Indiana’s law violates the equal protection and due process laws of the U.S. Constitution's 14th Amendment.
"This law is clearly part of a coordinated national effort to end access to safe, legal abortion by trying to shut down Planned Parenthood health care centers, which also provide Pap tests, breast and testicular exams, birth control and STD testing and treatment," said Betty Cockrum, CEO of PPINK.
Cockrum vowed that PPINK will continue to provide health care in Lafayette, as it has for 40 years.
The Indiana State Department of Health and the Tippecanoe County prosecutor are named as defendants in the lawsuit filed in U.S. District Court of Southern Indiana in Indianapolis.