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Indiana's Attorney General has filed more paperwork today with the courts to stop the Whole Woman's Health Alliance from opening in South Bend.

Below is a release from Hill's office:

Attorney General Curtis Hill on Monday asked a U.S appellate court to stop the immediate opening of an unlicensed abortion clinic in South Bend.

On May 31, a federal district court granted a preliminary injunction allowing the Texas-based Whole Woman’s Health Alliance to open a clinic for providing chemical abortions despite lacking the required license from the Indiana State Department of Health (ISDH). In chemical abortions, one type of medication is used to kill the fetus followed by another medication to induce the woman to expel it.

On June 2, Attorney General Hill appealed to the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Seventh Circuit. He also filed a motion with the district court seeking an immediate stay that would have prevented the unlicensed clinic from opening until Indiana’s appeal could be considered.

On June 7, the federal district court denied the motion for a stay – prompting Attorney General Hill to seek the intervention of the U.S. Court of Appeals in issuing a stay.

“The district court has declared that something as ordinary and fundamental as state licensing – which the state does for everything from nursing homes to daycares – can be invalidated in the name of the right to abortion,” Attorney General Hill said. “This ruling turns the right to abortion into a cudgel against state licensing laws that the Supreme Court long ago declared to be perfectly valid.”

The ISDH previously has denied Whole Woman’s Health a license after the entity failed to provide such requested information as documentation about the safety record of affiliated clinics in other states.

“The preliminary injunction threatens irreparable harm to Indiana women because it allows Whole Woman’s Health to open an unlicensed and unregulated abortion clinic,” Attorney General Hill said. “Indiana has no way of ensuring that an unlicensed abortion clinic is complying with its other requirements or to ensure that patients are being given safe and proper care.”

Further, Attorney General Hill noted, a licensed abortion clinic already operates west of South Bend in the town of Merrillville.

“The whole point of professional licensing regulation is to protect consumers from suffering injury,” Attorney General Hill said. “The risk of harm to women by allowing unlicensed clinics to dispense chemical abortions outweighs any speculative burdens faced by Whole Woman’s Health or women who must otherwise travel a mere 65 miles for an abortion.”

 

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SOUTH BEND, Ind. (AP) — The Indiana attorney general says he has appealed a federal judge's decision to grant an injunction allowing an abortion clinic to open in South Bend.

Attorney General Curtis Hill said Monday that his office filed documents Sunday asking for an immediate stay to prevent the clinic from opening until the state's appeal can be considered.

U.S. District Judge Sarah Evans Barker on Friday granted the injunction allowing Whole Woman's Health Alliance's clinic to open. The judge called the state's refusal to issue a license a "substantial obstacle" for women and a violation of due process and equal protections.

The Indiana State Department of Health hasn't issued the license because authorities say the alliance hasn't provided requested safety documentation.

A federal lawsuit on the clinic's license continues with trial set before Barker in August 2020.

Read below from Hill's latest statement on the issue:

 

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A proposed South Bend clinic that performs abortions has the go-ahead to finally open after a federal judge ordered the state to clear a path.

A federal judge heard an abortion provider’s case against the state Monday over its efforts to open a clinic in South Bend. The group argues the state department of health’s licensing requirements are unconstitutionally vague.

Whole Woman's Health Alliance

Indiana Attorney General Curtis Hill responded to a federal lawsuit today filed by Whole Woman’s Health Alliance.

The alliance has worked since 2017 to open an abortion clinic in South Bend.

The alliance filed the lawsuit in March after the state last year denied the organization’s application, because it said the alliance did not provide necessary information about its other clinics around the country.

Lauren Chapman

Whole Woman’s Health Alliance sued the state of Indiana Wednesday as part of its bid to open an abortion clinic in South Bend.

 

The Indiana Department of Health is reviewing a order from a judge that recommends a proposed abortion clinic in South Bend be licensed.

 

The clinic would offer medication abortions to women up to 10 weeks pregnant. Whole Woman’s Health Alliance, the company planning to open the clinic, applied for a license last October. They were denied by the state health department for not disclosing some information about the company’s other clinics.

 

The Indiana State Department of Health administrative hearing to decide if the non-profit Whole Woman’s Health Alliance will receive a license to perform abortions in South Bend begins tomorrow in Indianapolis.

 

Founder and CEO of Whole Woman’s Health Alliance, Amy Hagstrom-Miller says it’s still unclear what information the State Health Department was not given when the organization was denied their initial license request in January.