ACLU Files Suit Over Abortion Control Bill
August 23, 2013 — Planned Parenthood and Indiana will once again face off in court over an abortion bill. As Indiana Public Broadcasting’s Brandon Smith reports, a lawsuit filed in federal court Thursday involves a bill imposing new regulations on clinics that distribute the abortion drug known as RU-486:
The General Assembly passed legislation this year requiring abortion clinics that provide the drug RU-486 to comply with strict surgical standards – even if those clinics don’t provide surgical abortions. The bill only affects one existing location – a Planned Parenthood clinic in Lafayette. Planned Parenthood of Indiana and Kentucky president Betty Cockrum calls the legislation “purely politically motivated.” She points out that chemical abortions don’t take place in clinics – the drug is only dispensed there:
“Suggesting that the doorways need to be wider or that there need to be physical plant standards for a recovery room when there is no patient is absurd.”
Markle Republican Senator Travis Holdman, the bill’s author, declined to talk about the law or Planned Parenthood’s suit, saying only he thinks it’s a good law. In a statement, Indiana Right to Life President Mike Fichter says the state is well within its bounds. Fichter accuses Planned Parenthood of seeing any amount of common-sense oversight as too much. For Indiana Public Broadcasting, I’m Brandon Smith.