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Planned Parenthood at full capacity for abortion care before Indiana ban takes effect

The outside of a Planned Parenthood clinic.
Planned Parenthood Great Northwest, Hawaii, Alaska, Indiana, Kentucky CEO Rebecca Gibron said courts have failed those who need "vital" reproductive care.

One of Indiana’s primary abortion care providers says they have no more open appointments three weeks ahead of the state’s near-total abortion ban taking effect.

In a statement Wednesday, Planned Parenthood Great Northwest, Hawaii, Alaska, Indiana, Kentucky said it’s at full capacity for abortion care through the end of July, though its clinics are still able to provide other reproductive services.

In a recent ruling, the Indiana Supreme Court allowed the state’s ban to take effect August 1. The law only allows abortions if the pregnant person’s serious health or life is at risk; if there’s a lethal fetal anomaly up to 20 weeks post-fertilization; and in cases of rape or incest, but only up to 10 weeks.

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And even for legal abortions in Indiana, the law, SEA 1, won’t allow Planned Parenthood to perform them. It bans abortion clinics outright, only allowing care to be provided at hospitals or surgical centers owned by hospitals.

"Our courts have failed us in a time where access to care couldn’t be more vital. Maternal mortality rates have more than doubled for Hoosiers and will only get worse," said CEO Rebecca Gibron.

There’s a separate lawsuit challenging the ban. A judge in that case halted the law from taking effect, but only for people whose religious beliefs compel abortion care.

Brandon is our Statehouse bureau chief. Contact him at or follow him on Twitter at @brandonjsmith5.

Brandon Smith has covered the Statehouse for Indiana Public Broadcasting for more than a decade, spanning three governors and a dozen legislative sessions. He's also the host of Indiana Week in Review, a weekly political and policy discussion program seen and heard across the state. He previously worked at KBIA in Columbia, Missouri and WSPY in Plano, Illinois. His first job in radio was in another state capitol - Jefferson City, Missouri - as a reporter for three stations around the Show-Me State.