Indiana Supreme Court upheld mandatory abortion counseling sessions

On November 23, 2005, the Indiana Supreme Court upheld an Indiana statute requiring women seeking abortions to attend counseling regarding medical risks and non-abortion alternatives and wait 18 hours before undergoing the procedure. The ruling justified the constitutionality of the law by finding that it did not "impose a material burden on any right to privacy or abortion." In April 2011, the Indiana legislature passed another statute [PDF] banning abortion after the 20th week of pregnancy and effectively cutting all state funding to Planned Parenthood of Indiana. The US Department of Justice declared that the ban on fund usage violates federal law in June 2011 and the US District Court for the Southern District of Indiana subsequently granted a preliminary injunction [PDF] against its implementation.

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