Indiana Attorney General Curtis Hill says he won’t appeal a federal judge’s recent decision to temporarily halt the state’s latest anti-abortion law.
The law largely bans dilation and evacuation abortions, or D&Es, the safest and most common procedure for terminating a pregnancy in the second trimester. D&Es are rare – only a couple dozen are performed in Indiana each year. Judge Sarah Evans Barker ruled in late June the new law unconstitutionally denies women access to D&Es and stopped it from taking effect.
Attorney General Hill says he won’t appeal that decision. Instead, he says he’ll focus on defending the law in the future legal battle over permanently striking it down.
The latest ruling marks the seventh Indiana anti-abortion provision halted over the last nine years.