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Federal Judge Just Handed Bad News For Pence, But Great News For Women


Federal Judge Just Handed Bad News For Pence, But Great News For Women

Former Governor of Indiana and now Vice President Mike Pence was shocked to hear that a U.S. federal judge blocked an Indiana law that required women to have an ultrasound at least 18 hours before undergoing an abortion.

The judge, Tanya Walton Pratt, called the law unnecessary and a burden to women of low-income.

Pratt issued the block after a lawsuit brought last year by the American Civil Liberties Union (ACLU) on behalf of Planned Parenthood of Indiana and Kentucky against Indiana’s Department of Health and local officials.

“These burdens are clearly undue when weighed against the almost complete lack of evidence that the law furthers the State’s asserted justifications of promoting fetal life and women’s mental health outcomes,” Pratt wrote in her 53-page ruling.

To make things harder for low-income women, only six Planned Parenthood locations provide ultrasound services. This means that besides having to pay extra for an ultrasound, women that don’t live near the centers will have to pay extra to travel to them.

“For women faced with the already high costs of an abortion and a lack of means to afford them, the additional expenses of lengthy travel, lost wages, and child care created by the new ultrasound law create a significant burden,” the ruling said.

The ultrasound mandate was signed into law by Pence last year. It took effect on July 1st.

Ken Falk, legal director at ACLU in Indiana, spoke with members of the media on Monday where he stated: “This is a major victory for women in the state. It’s a major victory for Planned Parenthood.”

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