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Federal Judge Blocks Abortion Ultrasound Requirement

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A federal judge has blocked an Indiana law that would have required women to undergo an ultrasound at least 18 hours before an abortion. House Enrolled Act 1337 went into effect last year. It added the 18 hour requirement to the state’s existing ultrasound requirement. Previously, it was possible for women to have the ultrasound and the abortion procedure on the same day.

CEO of Planned Parenthood of Indiana and Kentucky, Betty Cockrum, says the requirement flew in the face of evidence-based medical practices. She elaborated on the current procedure, saying “Yes, there absolutely needs to be an ultrasound;