UPDATED 5:30 p.m.
INDIANAPOLIS -- Planned Parenthood today will ask a federal court to strike down Indiana’s new anti-abortion law.
The women’s health care organization, represented by the American Civil Liberties Union, will file a lawsuit seeking to block the measure that bans abortions performed because of the fetus’ characteristics.
ACLU of Indiana legal director Ken Falk says the U.S. Supreme Court has been very clear in this area – states cannot impose an undue burden on a woman’s right to an abortion.
“This is not an undue burden — this is an absolute prohibition. You just can’t do that,” Falk says.
The controversial bill signed into law last month bans abortions sought solely because of the fetus’ sex, race or potential disability. It also requires aborted fetal remains to be either buried or cremated, not disposed of as medical waste.
Proponents say the law ensures the dignity of all lives and prevents discrimination against those with disabilities.
In a statement, Indiana Right to Life says Planned Parenthood opposes any law that protects women and children because they want to protect their bottom line.
Planned Parenthood of Indiana and Kentucky calls the law “abysmal,” “intrusive” and “dangerous.”
“Here in Indiana we have a governor who finds his own personal views on these things and his own personal ideology more important than good public health policy and constitutional behavior,” says Betty Cockrum, CEO.
Gov. Mike Pence’s office says he’s confident the law is constitutional.
Federal courts have struck down two other Indiana anti-abortion laws in the past five years.