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Bernard v. The Individual Members of the Indiana Medical Licensing Board

The American Civil Liberties Union of Indiana and the ACLU National filed a lawsuit on behalf of abortion providers challenging HB 1211, a law which bans the most common method of second-trimester abortion, the dilation and evacuation (D and E) procedure.

Plaintiffs allege the law would force a pregnant person seeking a second-trimester abortion to undergo dangerous and unnecessary medical procedures, to remain pregnant against their will, or to undergo an induction abortion, which is much riskier.

Plaintiffs allege the statute is unconstitutional as it causes an undue burden on the right of pregnant people to obtain pre-viability abortion and would violate the patient’s right to bodily autonomy.


6/28/19 – U.S. District Judge Sarah Evans Barker granted a preliminary injunction blocking HB 1211 from taking effect while the case proceeds.



**last updated August 30, 2019