Indiana abortion clinic also sees patients from Kentucky and Tennessee as new law halted

Women's Med saw an increase in services before Indiana's abortion law took effect, and requests for services have steadily increased as more people become aware of the judge's decision to temporarily block the ban.  - Eric Weddle/WFYI

Women’s Med saw an increase in services before Indiana’s abortion law took effect, and requests for services have steadily increased as more people become aware of the judge’s decision to temporarily block the ban.

Eric Weddle/WFYI

After a judge temporarily blocked Indiana’s near-total abortion ban last week, some clinics that offer abortions have resumed services.

For now, abortion in Indiana is legal for anyone up to 20 weeks. However, other pre-existing regulations, including two separate trips to an abortion care provider, are still in effect.

The shutdown was good news for Women’s Med, which offers abortions at an Indianapolis clinic.

“We will continue to offer abortions as long as they are legal and for as long as we can in the state of Indiana, so it is now up to the courts to decide,” said a clinic representative who asked WFYI not to use their name. because they fear threats to their personal safety.

Women’s Med saw an increase in services before Indiana’s abortion law took effect, and requests for services have steadily increased as more people become aware of the judge’s decision to temporarily block the ban.

“I think women are very confused by the restart situation, where states open up and then close and then open again,” the Women’s Med rep said. “It’s very difficult to keep track.”

Women’s Med recently saw patients from Kentucky, Tennessee and Illinois. Although abortion is legal in Illinois, high wait times at clinics in the state have driven residents to travel to Indiana for services.

The lawsuit that led to the abortion law being blocked was filed by the ACLU of Indiana on behalf of Indiana abortion care providers Planned Parenthood Great Northwest, Hawai’i, Alaska, Indiana , Kentucky; Whole Woman’s Health Alliance, Women’s Med Group Professional Corporation and All-Options Pregnancy Resource Center. A judge decided to block the ban, saying the law likely violated Indiana’s constitution. The state has since appealed.

“It can be a very long and arduous process for the legal side of the lawsuit,” the Women’s Med rep said. “We’re just ready for anything at this point.”

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