Planned Parenthood funding may be challenged

Kathleen Turner speaks from the podium at the Planned Parenthood benefit at Wilmington's Convention Center on March 29

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"The new ultrasound law creates significant financial and other burdens on PPINK and its patients, particularly on low-income women in IN who face lengthy travel to one of PPINK's now only six health centers that can offer and informed-consent appointment", Pratt wrote in her decision.

"There's no doubt in our minds that the goal is to ensure that any funds that flow through DHS can not go to providers of abortion services or family planning", she said.

Pro-choice advocates are celebrating a "major victory" for a woman's right to choose Monday after a federal judge blocked a portion of an IN abortion regulation that would have required women to get an ultrasound at least 18 hours before an abortion procedure. Add in the part about what the judge called "an undue burden on a woman's right to choose to have an abortion", and you've got yourself an unconstitutional law. The judge ruled that the law is likely unconstitutional and puts an undue burden on women who wish to have an abortion, especially low-income women.

Her ruling cited a study of 15,000 women served by Planned Parenthood Los Angeles. As a result, ultrasounds were generally performed just prior to the abortion.

Betty Cockrum, the CEO and president of Planned Parenthood of IN and Kentucky, said that the judge's decision was an "an incredibly strong ruling" that protects IN women's right to an abortion from needless burdens.

CEO of Planned Parenthood of IN and Kentucky, Betty Cockrum, says the requirement flew IN the face of evidence-based medical practices.

The other day I grabbed my mail, and as I shuffled through it, I was surprised to see "Planned Parenthood" typed in hot pink in the top left-hand corner of one of the envelopes. "With almost half of Planned Parenthood's medical centers in rural and underserved communities, this bill would be crippling to the patients who need care the most". Dawn Laguens, executive vice president of the... The law, one of the most restrictive in the nation, requires burial or cremation of fetal remains, and also prohibits abortions sought due to genetic abnormalities or disabilities.

"It is hard to conclude then that the new ultrasound law promotes fetal life in any significant way when three-fourths of women in IN do not even view the ultrasound image, " Pratt said in the ruling. They provide treatment for STIs, they inform people about different types of cancer and connect them to facilities that can test for different cancers, and they provide information about sexual orientation and gender. "But I don't think that will happen". Responding to concerns that invalidating the outpatient surgical portion of the bill might also invalidate other abortion requirements that fall outside the Texas ruling, Sachs said he was open to delaying the effective date of such a ruling for 60 to 90 days to give Missouri lawmakers time to carve out those requirements.

There was no immediate statement on the decision from Indiana Attorney General Curtis Hill, and no word on whether the state would appeal.

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