Planned Parenthood of IN and Kentucky is suing over a new IN law that makes it tougher for girls under age 18 to get an abortion without their parents' knowledge.
Planned Parenthood of IN and Kentucky and the American Civil Liberties Union of IN are seeking a preliminary injunction to prevent certain provisisions of the bill from going into effect on July 1.
She says the law "will have a chilling effect on teenagers already dealing with a hard situation". The new law Planned Parenthood is challenging would allow a judge to tell the girl's parents about her request after the judge decides whether to grant the consent.
"We encourage teenagers to have open and honest conversations with their family members, but unfortunately not every teenager is in an environment where that is safe", Cockrum said in a statement. Senate Bill 404 - which was signed into law by Gov. Eric Holcomb - would require doctors to verify the legal relationship between a pregnant teen and the adult providing consent for the abortion.
"Planned Parenthood, even today, will tell women if they call that if they're too late to get an abortion in IN that there are contiguous states where they can get abortions", Falk says.
The suit contends the new law "fails to comply with requirements necessary for a parental involvement statute to pass constitutional muster".
However, those opposed say the bill does not account for girls who, at best, don't have a good relationship with their parents or guardian, or at worst, may be abused by their parents or guardians. Erin Houchin (R-Salem), the abortion law's author, says, "It's unfortunate that a group who claims to be an advocate for women's health would sue the state on this issue, rather than trying to protect our youth from human trafficking and to safeguard the unborn".
A federal judge blocked both provisions, which were part of the same wide-ranging abortion law then-Gov.