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Strict Indiana Abortion Law Proceeds, Recusals Delay Stay Bid

Sept. 12, 2022, 10:02 PM

A near-total abortion ban will go into effect in Indiana Sept. 15 as planned after a pair of judicial recusals led to delays in litigation seeking to temporarily block the law.

Owen County Circuit Judge Kelsey B. Hanlon Monday scheduled a hearing for Sept. 19 on whether to issue a preliminary injunction sought by abortion providers.

Their suit, filed Aug. 31, argues the Indiana Constitution’s privacy and equal protection guarantees also prohibit the state from barring access to abortion services. The providers, represented by American Civil Liberties Union attorneys, sought a preliminary injunction nearly two weeks ago.

However, judge-imposed ...