/AP/Arlie Rogers, file
INDIANAPOLIS — An Indiana judge on Thursday blocked enforcement of the state’s abortion ban, putting the new law on hold as abortion clinic operators argued it violated the state constitution.
Owen County Judge Kelsey Hanlon issued a preliminary injunction against the ban, which took effect a week ago. The order was sought by abortion clinic operators, who argued in a lawsuit that the state constitution protects access to the medical procedure.
The ban was approved by the Republican-dominated state Legislature on Aug. 5 and signed by GOP Gov. Eric Holcomb. It made Indiana the first state to enact stricter abortion restrictions after the U.S. Supreme Court struck down federal protections against abortion by overturning Roe v. Wade in June.
The judge wrote that “there is a reasonable likelihood that this significant restriction on personal autonomy violates the liberty guarantees of the Indiana Constitution” and that the clinics would prevail in the case.