Federal Judge Blocks Indiana Abortion Law

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Demonstrators celebrate at the U.S. Supreme Court after the court struck down a Texas law imposing strict regulations on abortion doctors and facilities that its critics contended were specifically designed to shut down clinics in Washington June 27, 2016.

A federal judge has blocked an Indiana law that would have banned abortions that were conducted because of a fetal genetic abnormality. Planned Parenthood sought a preliminary injuction, arguing the law was both unconstitutional and a violation of women’s privacy. The law would have taken effect Friday. U.S. District Court Judge Tanya Walton Pratt granted the injunction Thursday. So far, Indiana and North Dakota are the only states with laws banning abortions because of genetic abnormalities or other fetal characteristics—including race, gender, or ancestry.