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INDIANAPOLIS – The state of Indiana has petitioned the Supreme Court to review the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Seventh Circuit’s decision regarding House Enrolled Act (HEA) 1337.

The state of Indiana is asking the Supreme Court to allow provisions of HEA 1337 that the Seventh Circuit ruled unconstitutional. This includes a ban on abortion based on the reason a patient is seeking care.

“It’s disappointing that the state of Indiana continues to defend these unconstitutional and medically unnecessary abortion restrictions,” said PPINK President and CEO Christie Gillespie. “By appealing to the Supreme Court, the state of Indiana is trying to not only chip away at Hoosiers’ rights, but also threaten the rights of people seeking safe and legal abortion care across the country. If they truly want to reduce the need for abortion in Indiana, our legislators should focus on expanding access to affordable birth control and comprehensive sex education, not blocking patients’ access to care.”

If the Supreme Court accepts the state’s petition this term, it will release an opinion in the first half of 2019.