Officials appealing decision against abortion lawsAugust 13, 2021
By The Associated Press
INDIANAPOLIS — The Indiana attorney general’s office has started an appeal of a federal judge’s ruling that several state laws restricting abortion are unconstitutional, including the state’s ban on telemedicine consultations between doctors and women seeking abortions.
The office filed notice Wednesday that it will ask the 7th Circuit Court of Appeals in Chicago to review the ruling released Tuesday by U.S. District Court Judge Sarah Evans Barker in Indianapolis.
The office also asked Barker to put on hold an injunction she issued preventing state officials from enforcing the telemedicine ban, along with state laws requiring in-person examinations by a doctor before medication abortions and a prohibition on second-trimester abortions outside hospitals or surgery centers.
Drug-induced abortions made up 55% of those performed in Indiana last year, according to the state health department.
Barker called the state’s defense of the telemedicine ban “feeble,” but the attorney general’s office argues requiring an in-person examination by a doctor is better at identifying medical problems and physical or sexual abuse.
“It cannot be the case that, as a matter of constitutional law, a state decision to forego the newest technological conveniences has the effect of placing a substantial obstacle in the path of women seeking abortions,” the state’s request to Barker said.
Barker did not take immediate action on the request.
Stephanie Toti, a lawyer for the abortion-rights groups that filed the lawsuit, said she expected Barker's ruling to be upheld.
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