The ACLU of Indiana followed through Thursday on its threat to sue the state over the latest anti-abortion law.
The suit comes one day after Gov. Eric Holcomb signed the legislation into law.
The measure in question largely bans the second trimester procedure known as dilation and evacuation abortions, or D&Es. Proponents argue D&Es are barbaric and cause the fetus pain – though medical experts testified that’s not possible.
D&Es would be legal under the new law only if the fetus is first terminated inside the woman.
ACLU of Indiana Legal Director Ken Falk says similar bans have been found unconstitutional in other states.
“As well they should be. This is outrageous,” Falk says. “It’s outrageous that the state of Indiana is telling women that not only can you not use this procedure but, by the way, if you want to use it you can use another procedure that could be potentially, extremely dangerous for you.”
The lawsuit asks a federal judge to temporarily halt the law before it takes effect July 1.
This latest legal action is the seventh abortion lawsuit the ACLU filed in the last eight years. It’s secured court victories in every one.