Planned Parenthood of Indiana and Kentucky v. Commissioner, Indiana State Department of Health, et al.
Federal court challenge to an Indiana law, Act 371, that changed the definition of "abortion clinic" to include facilities that provide only the abortion pill Mifepristone to terminate a pregnancy. The lawsuit was filed by the American Civil Liberties Union, the ACLU of Indiana, and Planned Parenthood Federation of America. The Planned Parenthood of Indiana and Kentucky (PPINK) Lafayette clinic is the only site in Indiana that provides the abortion pill but not surgical abortions. These new regulations will require the center in Lafayette to renovate its facility to meet surgical standards even though no surgical procedures are performed there. The suit argues the law is discriminatory in violation of the 14th Amendment of the U.S. Constitution because it affects only the Lafayette center and does not apply to private physicians' offices providing the same procedures. The requirements were scheduled to go into effect Jan. 1, 2014. The U.S. District Court for the Southern District of Indiana issued a preliminary injunction allowing the Lafayette clinic to temporarily continue offering medication abortions without renovating the facility. Both sides filed for summary judgment, asking the court to decide the case without a trial on the merits. Final Outcome: In December 2014, the district court granted summary judgment to Planned Parenthood, holding that the law violates equal protection under the 14th Amendment (See the law here. See the complaint here. See the preliminary injunction here. See the summary judgment order here. See more about the case here.)