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A judge Tuesday denied Indiana University’s attempt to join a lawsuit by the ACLU and Planned Parenthood challenging Indiana’s new anti-abortion law. 

The ACLU of Indiana, on behalf of Planned Parenthood, filed a lawsuit last month seeking to block a new state law that bars abortions performed solely because of a fetus’ potential disability, sex or race. 

Indiana University says a different part of the law, one that bans receiving fetal tissue, will criminalize its research on Alzheimer’s disease. 

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The Indiana Court of Appeals heard arguments from Purvi Patel Monday. Patel’s case gained national attention in March of 2015 when she was convicted of child neglect and feticide after she delivered an extremely preterm fetus alone in her northern Indiana home.

Patel is the first woman in the country convicted of feticide for ending her own pregnancy after taking abortion drugs she bought online.

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The ACLU of Indiana says it has no issue with Indiana University joining its lawsuit against the state over controversial anti-abortion legislation.

But the Indiana Attorney General’s office wants to block IU’s action.

The ACLU, on behalf of Planned Parenthood, filed suit last month seeking to block legislation that bans abortions performed solely because of a fetus’ potential disability, gender or race. 

Indiana University also wants to challenge the law, specifically, a section that criminalizes the receiving of fetal tissue. 

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A federal judge has set a hearing next month to consider a bid to block Indiana’s new abortion law.

Known as House Enrolled Act 1337, the law bans abortions based on a fetus's gender, race or genetic disability, such as Down syndrome.    

The American Civil Liberties Union of Indiana filed suit on behalf of Planned Parenthood in an effort to prevent that law from taking effect in July.

Governor Mike Pence and anti-abortion advocates have said the law values the unborn and the disabled.

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The American Civil Liberties Union of Indiana’s legal director says the state’s new anti-abortion law “grossly interferes” with a woman’s constitutionally guaranteed right to privacy.  The ACLU filed a lawsuit Thursday on behalf of Planned Parenthood seeking to strike down the controversial measure.

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An Indiana University law professor says the sweeping abortion legislation Governor Mike Pence signed into law last week is unconstitutional.

The bill includes a long list of provisions, including a ban on abortions solely because of the fetus’ sex, race or disability.

Indiana University Law Professor Dawn Johnsen says that goes against the Supreme Court’s decision in the landmark abortion case Roe v. Wade.

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Governor Mike Pence Thursday signed into law a bill banning abortions performed solely because of a fetus’ gender, race or potential disability. 

The measure also imposes new guidelines for handling aborted and miscarried fetal remains.

The bill drew criticism from doctors, and even some Republican lawmakers, including a few who’ve sponsored anti-abortion bills in the past. 

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Gov. Mike Pence says he’s still considering whether to sign a bill that bars women from having abortions solely because of a fetus’ potential disability.  Doctors have been reaching out to Pence, urging him to veto the measure.

Pro-life groups say the legislation prevents discrimination against Hoosiers with disabilities.  Some doctors, including members of the Catholic Medical Guilds of Indiana, say women will be spared from taking a life. 

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About two dozen people Monday delivered petitions to Governor Mike Pence’s office, calling on him to veto an abortion bill approved by lawmakers last week. 

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After days of negotiations and nearly an hour of emotional debate on the floor, the House Wednesday sent a bill to the governor that bans abortions performed solely because of a fetus’ sex, race or disability.