Indiana sued over ultrasound 18 hours before abortion rule

INDIANAPOLIS (AP): The American Civil Liberties Union of Indiana is challenging a new state requirement that women get an ultrasound at least 18 hours before they have an abortion.

The federal lawsuit filed Thursday against state and local officials contends the provision that took effect July 1 is unconstitutional because it places an undue burden on women’s right to obtain an abortion.

The lawsuit filed on behalf of Planned Parenthood of Indiana and Kentucky says the new requirement will cause Planned Parenthood’s few clinics with ultrasound equipment to become more crowded, delay abortions and prevent some women from getting an abortion.

ACLU of Indiana legal director, Ken Falk, says the new requirement “provides no health benefit to women and serves only to place a substantial obstacle to obtaining an abortion.”


  1. The purpose of the ultrasound is to show the young mother that she is qbout5 to murder her baby. Where these laws are in effect the number of murders by abortion decrease. Of course there are always some young women who believe it is their right to commit murder of the baby in their womb.

  2. I’m not convinced Planned Parenthood is concerned about the health these women, but they certainly are concerned about this possibly hurting their bottom line. If they were truly tying to do what is right for their patient, wouldn’t they want their patient to be as informed as possible? I’m also guessing they must make more money off of abortions than all the new ultrasound business they would be getting from this. Otherwise, why wouldn’t they be in favor of something that would require their customers to have an additional service that they provide???

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