On Thursday, a judge in Indiana, in the United States, blocked the application of the new state law that made abortion illegal, which went into effect last September 15. The judge accepted the appeal of some clinics where the termination of pregnancy is practiced, according to which the law violates the state constitution.
The law to limit access to termination of pregnancy in Indiana was approved in early August by the two state chambers, both with a republican majority: it was the first to be prepared and approved after the controversial decision by which the Supreme Court of the United States had overturned the ruling that since 1973 guaranteed the right to abortion at the federal level. Indiana law would allow abortion only in cases of serious risk to the woman’s life and severe fetal abnormalities; it would also allow it in cases of rape and incest, but only up to the tenth week of pregnancy.
The judge, Kelsey Hanlon, said that “there is a reasonable likelihood that these significant restrictions on personal autonomy will undermine the guarantees of freedom ensured by the Indiana Constitution.” Her decision prevents the new law from being applied until the appeal has been tried in a trial.CopyAMP code