Planned Parenthood sues over law governing parental consent before abortions


Planned Parenthood sues over law governing parental consent before abortions
  1. Planned Parenthood sues over law governing parental consent before abortions
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    The organization seeks an injunction to stop enforcement of the law, which the suit calls "constitutionally deficient," from going into…
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Planned Parenthood of Indiana and Kentucky has filed a federal lawsuit against the state of Indiana challenging a new law regulating abortions obtained by minors.

The organization is seeking an injunction to stop enforcement of the law, which the suit calls "constitutionally deficient," from going into effect.

Senate Enrolled Act 404 allows judges to notify a minor's parents that she's seeking court permission to obtain an abortion. 

Proponents call the law an expanded protection of parental rights, but opponents see it as an additional hurdle to a woman's right to choose.

The 21-page lawsuit, naming the State Department of Health Commissioner, prosecutors from Marion, Tippecanoe, Lake and Monroe counties, among others, was filed Thursday morning.

Republican super-majorities in the two legislative chambers supported the parental notification legislation, and Gov. Eric Holcomb signed it.

A few Republicans opposed it, including Sen. Vaneta Becker, R-Evansville, who said she felt it did not protect teens in foster care.

Those younger than 18 must either have parental consent to obtain an abortion, or they can petition the court to waive parental consent for an abortion. If they petition the court, Senate Bill 404 adds a provision that calls for the judge, after weighing the case, to decide whether it's in the best interest of the minor to notify her parents before the procedure.

The bill also requires a parent, guardian or custodian accompanying a minor to provide proof of their identity and relationship when providing consent for her to obtain an abortion. It makes it a felony for a person to pose as a minor's parents in order to circumvent the parental notification requirement.

But some abortion rights advocates, such as Planned Parenthood of Indiana and Kentucky, fear the…

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