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Indiana Sued Over Abortion Law Allegedly for One Clinic

Aug. 22 (Bloomberg) -- Indiana laws redefining abortion clinics to include facilities that provide only an abortion-inducing pill were passed to target a single dispensary, Planned Parenthood of Indiana and Kentucky said in a lawsuit.

The group claims the legislation, which takes effect on Jan. 1., was enacted to “single out” its Lafayette, Indiana, facility, forcing it to meet surgical-clinic standards even though no surgical procedures are performed there, according to a complaint filed today in U.S. court in Indianapolis.

“Imposing requirements for such things as surgical scrub facilities and surgical recovery rooms, when there is no surgical procedure ever performed at the clinic, is not only unreasonable, it is utterly irrational,” according to the complaint.

The organization seeks a court order blocking enforcement of the provisions it claims only apply to the Lafayette facility and a finding that the legislation is unconstitutional.

Lafayette, a city with a population of about 56,000 according to its website, is located between Chicago and Indianapolis. Purdue University sits across the Wabash River in West Lafayette.

State Attorney General Greg Zoeller said in a statement today that his office will defend the legislation, which he described as regulating facilities that perform “chemical abortion procedures” in the same way as those that perform them surgically.

‘Elected Representatives’

Zoeller said it was his duty to defend “the authority of the people’s elected representatives to make public policy decisions.”

The Planned Parenthood affiliate is based in Indianapolis. It is represented by attorneys with the American Civil Liberties Union.

The case is Planned Parenthood of Indiana and Kentucky Inc. v. Commissioner, Indiana State Department of Health, 13-cv-01335, U.S. District Court, Southern District of Indiana (Indianapolis).

To contact the reporter on this story: Andrew Harris in the Chicago federal courthouse at aharris16@bloomberg.net

To contact the editor responsible for this story: Michael Hytha at mhytha@bloomberg.net

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