Only one licensed abortion clinic remains in the state - a Planned Parenthood center in St. Louis - partly as a result of Missouri's abortion restrictions.
In her ruling, Pratt struck down other features of the ultrasound legislation, including a ban on abortions due to fetal genetic abnormalities and a requirement that abortion providers bury or cremate aborted fetuses, provisions Pratt first halted in June. Here's why restricting Title X funding could cripple Planned Parenthood clinics and negatively affect women's health care all over the country.
A preliminary injunction has been granted against the provision.
After the ruling, Thomas Fisher, the state's solicitor general, responded, "The United States Supreme Court has recognized that the abortion choice is often a hard and painful moral decision with lasting significance, and that states have an interest in ensuring the decision is well informed".
As an alternative, he also said he would give the state's lawyers and Planned Parenthood's lawyers 10 days after the formal injunction to reach an agreement to carve them out. Federal law prevents that.
Pratt also found that "there is little to no concrete evidence" to support the state's argument that informed-consent waiting periods decrease the likelihood that a woman will go through with an abortion they already made a decision to have. It found that 99 percent women proceeded with an abortion after not viewing the ultrasound, compared with 98.4 percent who did view the ultrasound. "The court found that this new requirement resulted in a real impediment to women and served no legitimate goal", said Ken Falk, the ACLU of Indiana Legal Director.
In fulfilling its mission of compassionate care, no matter what, Planned Parenthood provides a safe space where a woman can decide whether continuing a pregnancy, ending a pregnancy or seeking a referral for adoption services is the best option for her health and family.
Planned Parenthood of IN and Kentucky (PPINK), which brought the case against the law to court with the help of the American Civil Liberties Union (ACLU) of IN, celebrated the "major victory". With a new governor and attorney general in power, it is unclear how the state will proceed, observed the local legal publication Indiana Lawyer. In fact, there are over thirteen times as many federally qualified health centers as there are Planned Parenthood centers.