Attorney General Hill Asks For Rehearing In 2017 Anti-Abortion Lawsuit

Sep 25, 2019

Attorney General Curtis Hill wants a federal court to rehear his appeal of a decision that halted enforcement of a 2017 anti-abortion bill.

If a girl under age 18 in Indiana doesn’t or can’t get consent for an abortion from her parents, she can go to court to bypass that requirement. A 2017 state law signed by Gov. Eric Holcomb said a judge will decide if the parents are informed of that hearing.

Opponents of the measure argue it will scare off girls from even trying to get an abortion. And both a federal judge in Indianapolis and a three-judge panel at the Seventh Circuit Court of Appeals agreed, temporarily stopping the law from taking effect.

Curtis Hill now wants the full, 11-judge appeals court to hear the case. There’s no timetable for when the court will decide whether to agree to Hill’s request.

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