INDIANAPOLIS - Planned Parenthood of Indiana and Kentucky (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.
"Forcing women to have an ultrasound 18 hours prior to an abortion creates barriers and interferes with the doctor and patient relationship," said Betty Cockrum, CEO and President of PPINK. "The U.S. Supreme Court ruled in July that it was unconstitutional to place undue restrictions on a woman's ability to access a safe, legal abortion, and we are confident that Judge Tanya Walton Pratt will come to the same conclusion in Indiana."
The Motion for Preliminary Injunction was heard in the Birch Bayh Federal Building Courtroom in the United States Courthouse, Indianapolis, Indiana by Judge Pratt.
Planned Parenthood of Indiana and Kentucky (PPINK) provides high-quality health care to more than 55,000 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.