Thursday, 25 May, 2017

Judge Plans To Strike Down Missouri Abortion Restrictions

Poster at Pro Life Rally at the Capitol Poster at Pro Life Rally at the Capitol Joyce Russell IPR
Warren Dawson | 06 April, 2017, 02:59

After so many assaults on freedom to choose this year, including OH banning abortions after 24 weeks, this is def a glimmer of hope for pro-choicers!

After granting an earlier request for a preliminary injunction against a law that would have prohibited abortions because of genetic abnormality, race, sex or ancestry and would have mandated disposal of an aborted fetus through burial or cremation, Judge Tanya Walton Pratt of the U.S. District Court for the Southern District of IN struck down another portion of House Enrolled Act 1337 early Friday evening, ruling that the ultrasound mandate placed on undue burden on women seeking abortions, particularly low-income women. Friday, Judge Tanya Walton Pratt granted a preliminary injunction against the ultrasound requirement.

The judge, who heard arguments in the case in November, found that in provided no compelling evidence that requiring an ultrasound at least the day before an abortion, rather than on the same day, "makes it any more likely that a woman will choose not to have an abortion".

The provison's "burdens. on women seeking to terminate their pregnancies. dramatically outweigh the benefits, making the burdens undue and the new ultrasound law likely unconstitutional", Pratt wrote.

According to the lawsuit, Indiana's draconian abortion law prevented at least nine women from getting an abortion because they could not afford to make two trips to the clinic. House Enrolled Act 1337 went into effect a year ago.

Under SB 300 public entities will receive the highest priority for getting federal funds, followed by non-public hospitals and federally qualified health centers, rural health clinics and non-public health providers that have their primary objective as the provision of primary health care, including women's health services. So it looks like the ultrasound doesn't make much of a difference after all!

Separate parts of last year's abortion law - provisions banning abortions performed because of the fetus' characteristics and potential disability and requiring medical facilities to bury or cremate fetal remains - were halted by a previous ruling.

One in 10 US women with Zika had deformed fetus or baby
The report analyzed 1,297 pregnancies reported from January 15 through December 27, 2016, in the 50 states and Washington, D.C. Babies may also appear healthy at birth but have underlying brain defects or other Zika-related health problems.

An anti-choice law that was signed in IN by then-Governor Mike Pence has been blocked by a federal judge under established Roe V. Wade precedent.

The injunction was sought by Planned Parenthood, which sued to block the restrictions in November.

Betty Cockrum, the CEO and president of Planned Parenthood of IN and Kentucky, praised Pratt's decision, calling it "an incredibly strong ruling" that protects IN women's right to an abortion from needless burdens. "It's a major victory for Planned Parenthood", Ken Falk, legal director at ACLU in IN, told members of the media at a news conference on Monday.

"I think the 20-week provision...is a step forward to protect human life", Branstad told reporters.

"To date, every court to consider the issue on the merits has ruled that state politicians can not block access to care at Planned Parenthood through the Title X family planning program", the organization said in a statement.

(Photo: Screengrab/YouTube/The Center for Medical Progress) Dr. DeShawn Taylor, past Medical Director of Planned Parenthood of Arizona, seen in an undercover video by the California-based pro-life group the Center for Medical Progress, released on March 29, 2017.

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