Common Dreams - A federal judge blocked a core provision of Indiana abortion legislation that Vice President Mike Pence lauded when he signed it into law "with a prayer" last year, the Associated Press reported Monday.
The omnibus bill was described by reproductive rights advocates as "one of the worst anti-abortion laws in the country."
HEA 1337, passed in March 2016, contained a multitude of provisions designed to prevent women from accessing abortions. It forced women to have an ultrasound at least 18 hours before an abortion; banned abortions when a fetal anomaly was detected; mandated the burial and cremation of miscarried or aborted remains; restricted fetal tissue donation; and required doctors performing abortions to have admitting privileges at a hospital or to have an agreement with a doctor who does.
U.S. District Judge Tanya Walton Pratt's ruling found that the requirement that women have an ultrasound is likely unconstitutional, and creates an "undue burden" particularly for low-income women.