Indiana wants ban on abortion pill law lifted

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INDIANAPOLIS (AP) — State attorneys asking a federal judge to lift an order blocking an Indiana abortion pill law that critics claim targets a Planned Parenthood clinic in Lafayette say women could seek the procedure elsewhere.

The Indiana attorney general's office filed a brief Monday supporting its request for summary judgment in the case. Both sides asked Judge Jane Magnus-Stinson to rule in their favor after she issued a preliminary injunction blocking the 2013 law in November.

The law mandates that clinics performing drug-induced abortions meet the same standards as those that perform surgical abortions. The Lafayette clinic offers only the abortion-inducing pills.

Planned Parenthood of Indiana president Betty Cockrum says the group won't close the Lafayette clinic if it loses the case, but the might stop offering abortions there.

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