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After two judges recuse themselves, Judge Kelsey Hanlon agrees to hear lawsuit against Indiana’s bill prohibiting almost all abortions

by | Sep 12, 2022

By Dave Andrusko

Indiana’s Senate Bill 1 was the first new protective pro-life law  passed by a state legislature following the June 24th overturn of Roe v. Wade. With the law scheduled to take effect September 15, pro-abortionists are busy filing lawsuit asking for a preliminary injunction.

On Friday, after two judges recused themselves from hearing the case, Circuit Court Judge Kelsey Hanlon agreed to preside over the lawsuit. Neither judge offered an explanation.

“Greene County Circuit Court Judge Erik Allen, who serves as facilitator for the area’s judicial district, appointed Hanlon as special judge Thursday,” according to Brett Stover.

A bevy of heavyweight pro-abortion groups filed the lawsuit on behalf of a group of Indiana abortion providers

The lawsuit asserts that the ban “violates the state Constitution’s equal privileges protections and its right to privacy, which the suit claims ‘encompasses the right to abortion,’” Stover reported.

Senate Bill 1 was passed during a two-week special legislative session that ended August 5.

“In a separate lawsuit, filed Thursday by the ACLU, five women and the group Hoosier Jews for Choice argue the ban would violate Indiana’s Religious Freedom Restoration Act and infringe on the plaintiffs’ ‘sincere religious beliefs,” Stover reported. “So far, no action has been taken.” It, too, asks for a preliminary injunction.

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