Indiana approved legislation banning abortion after 20 weeks

On April 27, 2011, the Indiana House of Representatives approved a bill to ban abortions 20 weeks after conception on account of the possibility that the fetus might feel pain and essentially terminate state funding for Planned Parenthood of Indiana by denying funding to "any entity that performs abortions or maintains or operates a facility where abortions are performed." The Department of Justice (DOJ) urged a federal court that the bill violated federal law, but the court denied an injunction request from Planned Parenthood of Indiana and the American Civil Liberties Union (ACLU). On appeal, the US Court of Appeals for the Seventh Circuit granted [PDF] a preliminary injunction for the law denying Medicaid funding to health care providers like Planned Parenthood of Indiana.

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