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Planned Parenthood of Indiana and Kentucky v. Commissioner, Indiana State Department of Health, et al.

Planned Parenthood of Indiana and Kentucky v. Commissioner, Indiana State Department of Health, et al.

The American Civil Liberties Union, the ACLU of Indiana, and Planned Parenthood Federation of America filed a suit in federal court challenging Act 371, which changed the definition of "abortion clinic" to include facilities that provide only the abortion pill Mifepristone to terminate a pregnancy. 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. Arguments are scheduled to begin June 1, 2015. Current Status: 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. (See the law here. See the complaint here. See the preliminary injunction here. See more about the case here.)