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Federal Judge Hears Arguments In Indiana Abortion Reversal Lawsuit

Lauren Chapman/IPB News

The initial fate of a major provision in Indiana’s newest anti-abortion law will be decided soon.

The state in court Monday over whether the law should be stopped from taking effect July 1.

At issue is a new law, HB 1577, which forces doctors to tell patients about a so-called “abortion reversal” protocol that could purportedly halt the effects of a medication abortion after taking the first of two abortion-inducing drugs.

The state’s witnesses in court included the doctor, George Delgado, who coined the term “abortion reversal” and has done many of the studies the state cites as evidence of its success. He said existing studies and his experience do not prove, although they suggest, that abortion reversal is safe and effective.

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Several abortion providers suing the state countered with an expert who called the state’s new law “deeply distressing” and “mortifyingly harmful.” That expert, OBGYN Courtney Schreiber, echoed several of the physicians who testified in legislative hearings on the measure, saying there is no evidence to prove abortion reversal is safe and effective.

Federal Judge James Patrick Hanlon said he’ll get his initial ruling out “as soon as possible,” noting the law takes effect July 1.

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Brandon Smith is excited to be working for public radio in Indiana. He has previously worked in public radio as a reporter and anchor in mid-Missouri for KBIA Radio out of Columbia. Prior to that, he worked for WSPY Radio in Plano, Illinois as a show host, reporter, producer and anchor. His first job in radio was in another state capitol, in Jefferson City, Missouri, as a reporter for three radio stations around Missouri. Brandon graduated from the University of Missouri-Columbia with a Bachelor of Journalism in 2010, with minors in political science and history. He was born and raised in Chicago.