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Requiring doctors to document patient’s reason for abortion is unconstitutional

A requirement that physicians document pregnant patients' reasons for an abortion and inform the patients of new restrictions on abortions is unconstitutional, the U.S. District Court for the Southern District of Indiana ruled September 22. The court issued a permanent injunction against the enforcement of provisions of a recent statute limiting access to abortions and imposing several new requirements on provider physicians, ruling that the state’s proffered reasons for the new restrictions were not sufficient to interfere with a woman’s categorical right to an abortion before the viability of the fetus.

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