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The 7th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals in Chicago has ruled an Indiana abortion ban signed into law by then-Gov. Mike Pence in 2016 unconstitutional. The law would prevent women from having abortions based on the gender, race, or disability of the fetus.

“The Supreme Court has been clear: the State may inform a woman’s decision before viability, but it cannot prohibit it,” Judge William Bauer wrote.

Similar bills passed or proposed in other states have specifically tried to ban abortions based on a Down syndrome diagnosis.

North Dakota, Louisiana and Ohio are the only states with these bans.

The suit was brought by Planned Parenthood of Indiana and Kentucky. The organization’s lawyer, Kenneth Falk, celebrated the win, saying “States have been attempting to restrict abortions in ways that are clearly unconstitutional. […] We’re obviously very happy.”

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