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The Latest: Judge hears challenge to Indiana abortion limits

Posted June 13

— The Latest on a hearing on a lawsuit seeking to block provisions of a new Indiana abortion law (all times local):

3:55 p.m.

A federal judge weighing a lawsuit that seeks to block parts of a new Indiana abortion law says she will issue a ruling before the law takes effect.

Planned Parenthood of Indiana and Kentucky is seeking an injunction blocking portions of the law that would make it tougher for girls under age 18 to get an abortion without their parents' knowledge.

U.S. District Court Judge Sarah Evans Barker heard arguments in the case Tuesday. She told attorneys for Planned Parenthood and the state of Indiana she will rule on the injunction request before the law takes effect July 1.

Planned Parenthood calls the challenged provisions "an unconstitutional undue burden on unemancipated minors."

Indiana's attorneys contend each provision is constitutionally permissible and they further the state's interest "in protecting pregnant minors."

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8:32 a.m.

A federal judge is set to hear arguments in a lawsuit seeking to block a new Indiana law that makes it tougher for girls under age 18 to get an abortion without their parents' knowledge.

Planned Parenthood of Indiana and Kentucky say portions of the new law are unconstitutional.

A judge in Indianapolis will hear arguments Tuesday from Planned Parenthood's attorneys and attorneys for the state of Indiana.

Under current Indiana law, girls under 18 must either get their parents' consent to have an abortion or seek a judge's permission.

The law set to take effect July 1 would require judges considering those requests to also weigh whether the girl's parents should receive notification of her pursuit of the so-called "judicial bypass," regardless of the decision on the abortion itself.

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