INDIANAPOLIS – Planned Parenthood of Indiana and Kentucky (PPINK) and the American Civil Liberties Union (ACLU) of Indiana are pleased to have been granted a preliminary injunction by the U.S. District Court for the Southern District of Indiana regarding the ultrasound requirement in House Enrolled Act (HEA) 1337.
"PPINK was confident that Judge Tanya Walton Pratt would rule that forcing women to have an ultrasound 18 hours prior to an abortion constitutes an undue burden and therefore violates the Constitution," said Betty Cockrum, CEO and President of PPINK. "PPINK practices evidence-based medicine. Our doctors know the best medical protocol is to perform an ultrasound closer tot he time of the procedure, not 18 hours in advance. The law was passed purely to further burden access to safe, legal abortion and is in fact counter to best medical practice. Politicians need to get out of our doctors' offices."
"HEA 1337 required women to travel, often great distances, to obtain an ultrasound and then at least 18 hours later, return for an abortion. The court found that this new requirement resulted in a real impediment to women and served no legitimate purpose," said Ken Falk, the ACLU of Indiana Legal Director. "The court concluded, by granting the preliminary injunction, that PPINK was likely to ultimately succeed in its claim that the law was unconstitutional as an undue burden on a woman's constitutional rights."
PPINK, with the assistance of the ACLU of Indiana, filed a lawsuit on July 7, 2016 with the U.S. District Court Southern District of Indiana, declaring the ultrasound requirement in Indiana law to be unconstitutional.
A hearing on PPINK's motion for a preliminary injunction against the ultrasound requirement in HEA 1337 was held on Nov. 9. Judge Tanya Walton Pratt entered the preliminary injunction on March 31, 2017.
Planned Parenthood of Indiana and Kentucky (PPINK) provides high-quality health care to more than 51,000 men and women each year at our health centers across two states. Our centers are staffed by skilled clinicians and highly trained health care professionals. 93% of our nonprofit’s services are preventive in nature and include Pap tests, breast and testicular cancer screenings, birth control, STD testing and treatment, and annual wellness exams. Through the Sara and Albert Reuben Partners in Health Education initiative, PPINK also provides sexuality and reproductive health education programs, equipping people to make responsible decisions so that families thrive in Indiana and Kentucky.
PPINK’s doors are open to all who need care and we provide our services in a confidential, compassionate and non-judgmental manner. We accept Medicaid and insurance.
The American Civil Liberties Union of Indiana is our state’s guardian of liberty, working daily in courts, legislatures and communities to defend and preserve the individual rights and liberties that the Constitution and laws of the United States guarantee everyone. Our strength comes from more than 4,000 supporters whose tax-deductible donations fund our free legal services and educational outreach, and whose annual membership dues support advocacy, organizing and lobbying activities to promote civil liberties. Learn more at www.aclu-in.org.