Indiana Abortion Clinic Law Ruled Unconstitutional

INDIANAPOLIS — A federal judge has ruled against an Indiana law that changed the classification of abortion clinics to include sites that only perform drug-induced abortions.

District Judge Jane Magnus-Stinson released a ruling Wednesday saying the 2013 law violated equal protection rights by treating a Planned Parenthood clinic in Lafayette differently than physician offices that provide the same medications.

Opponents say the law aimed to shut down the Lafayette clinic, which would have been forced to undergo expensive renovations to meet the same standards at surgical abortion clinics.

Magnus-Stinson issued an injunction last year that blocked the law from taking effect after Planned Parenthood’s lawsuit was filed.

State attorneys have argued the law requires the clinic to be “minimally prepared” in case a woman who was prescribed the abortion pill suffers complications.