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Indiana abortion clinics see patients after abortion ban put on hold

The Women's Med Center in Indianapolis is shown Friday. Indiana abortion clinics began seeing patients again on Friday after an Indiana judge blocked the state's abortion ban from being enforced. The State has appealed the order.

INDIANAPOLIS (AP) — Indiana abortion clinics resumed seeing patients a day after a judge put the state’s abortion ban temporarily on hold.

One patient who went to an Indianapolis clinic Friday was a woman who spoke to The Associated Press on the condition of anonymity due to privacy concerns. She said it was for her second abortion. She is 31 years old now. Her first was at 16, when she was afraid of caring for a child and worried what her parents would think about her being pregnant.

Under Indiana’s ban, which has exceptions, abortion clinics would have lost their licenses and been prohibited from providing any abortion care, leaving such services solely to hospitals or outpatient surgical centers owned by hospitals.

Indiana attorney general Todd Rokita says he plans to appeal the judge’s injunction against the abortion ban.

“We plan to appeal and continue to make the case for life in Indiana,” said Rokita in a statement issued Thursday.

Abortion bans in Indiana and other nearby states has led clinics in Illinois to prepare for an increase in out-of-state residents seeking abortion care. 

Associated Press

Associated Press

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