The law prohibits physicians from performing dilational and evacuation abortions except to prevent a serious health risk or to save the mother’s life. A doctor who breaks the law can be charged with a felony, punishable by up to six years in prison.
However, Barker refused to lift an injunction against a 2017 Indiana law requiring parents to be notified if a court allows girls under 18 to have an abortion without parental consent. Barker cited procedural reasons, indicating that a challenge to the law was pending in Chicago’s 7th Circuit Court of Appeals.
Sometime next month, more sweeping restrictions on abortion could be enacted in Indiana as the Republican-dominated Legislature is set to begin extraordinary legislative session July 25th.