A proposed South Bend clinic that performs abortions has the go-ahead to finally open after a federal judge ordered the state to clear a path.
Whole Woman’s Health Alliance has been trying to open a clinic in the northern Indiana city since 2017. But the state refused to issue a license, citing what it said was incomplete and inaccurate information in the Alliance’s application.
Federal Judge Sarah Evans Barker sides with Whole Woman’s Health. She says the state’s licensing law is a significant and largely unnecessary burden to women’s legal access to abortion. From her decision, Barker writes “the state stands to lose little if an injunction is issued, but … women in northern Indiana stand to lose a great deal if it is not.”
"Simply put, there is unmet demand for abortions in and around South Bend which is, at this point, state-created, without any appreciable benefit to maternal health or fetal life," Barker writes.
The legal battle will continue as the state has appealed the judge’s ruling.