On Thursday, county Judge Kelsey Hanlon issued a preliminary injunction against the ban, putting the new law on hold as abortion clinic operators argue in court that it violates the state constitution.
Dr. Katie McHugh, an abortion provider at Women’s Med in Indianapolis, said Friday: “People are getting the word that abortion is now legal again, and people are ready.
Indiana’s seven abortion clinics were to lose their state licenses under the ban, which permits abortions with few exceptions and requires them to be performed in hospitals or outpatient surgical centers.
Hanlon wrote there is “reasonable likelihood that this significant restriction of personal autonomy offends the liberty guarantees of the Indiana Constitution” and that the clinics will prevail in the lawsuit.
The ban was drafted and approved last month by the state’s GOP-led Legislature, then signed by Republican Gov. Eric Holcomb. The effort made Indiana the first state to enact tighter abortion restrictions after the Supreme Court in June ended federal abortion protections by overturning Roe v. Wade.