July 1, 2021

Judge Issues Temporary Injunction Against Indiana Abortion Pill Reversal Law

On June 22, U.S. District Judge James Patrick Hanlon issued a temporary injunction blocking the enforcement of Indiana's HB 1577, which would require abortion businesses to inform women seeking chemical abortions about Abortion Pill Reversal (APR).

HB 1577 was passed by both houses of the Indiana legislature and signed into law in April by Gov. Eric Holcomb. If Judge Hanlon had not issued a temporary injunction, the law would have gone into effect on July 1.

APR works by counteracting the effects of mifepristone, the first drug in the two-pill chemical abortion regimen. Mifepristone starves an unborn baby by blocking the pregnancy hormone progesterone, which facilitates the flow of oxygen and nutrients from a mother to her child. APR is a process by which the mother is given additional progesterone, thereby restoring the flow of oxygen and nutrients. APR has saved over 2,000 babies to date.

Judge Hanlon agreed with the pro-abortion plaintiffs that HB 1577 could violate the First Amendment rights of abortion businesses by requiring compelled content-based speech. He also implied that APR is unproven and unsafe, which discounts the success of APR.

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