INDIANAPOLIS (AP) _ Planned Parenthood is suing to block a new Indiana law that tightens abortion pill regulations, arguing that the law wrongly targets the organization's clinic in Lafayette.
The federal lawsuit filed Thursday claims the law violates equal protection rights because it requires the Planned Parenthood clinic in Lafayette to meet the same standards as surgical abortion clinics but doesn't apply those rules to the offices of doctors who distribute the abortion pill.
Surgical abortions aren't done at the Lafayette clinic. Planned Parenthood officials maintain the only purpose of requiring it to have separate procedure and recovery rooms is to restrict women's access to the abortion pill.
The law was approved in April by the Republican-dominated Legislature. Supporters say it's aimed at ensuring the abortion pill is given under proper medical care.