November 3, 2021

7th Circuit Denies Planned Parenthood Request to Rehear Complications Reporting Law

Last Thursday, the 7th Circuit Court of Appeals denied a request by Planned Parenthood for the full court to rehear its challenge to an Indiana law requiring abortion businesses to report complications.

Planned Parenthood argued that the reporting law is "unconstitutionally vague," but the court disagreed. By refusing to rehear the case before the full court, the court upheld a decision it made in August, which overturned a permanent injunction blocking the reporting law's enforcement.

The Indiana law, which was passed in 2018, lists 25 types of complications that should be reported to the state if they occur. When the 7th Circuit originally upheld the statute in August, the opinion of the three-judge panel stated, “It is understandable by persons of ordinary intelligence and not subject to arbitrary enforcement.”

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