INDIANAPOLIS — Indiana’s Supreme Court has ruled that they will take jurisdiction in the case over Indiana’s abortion law.
The state’s Supreme Court will be skipping the Court of Appeals by approving a request made by Indiana’s Attorney General Todd Rokita.
They will be taking immediate jurisdiction over the legal challenges to the law presented by the ACLU in a suit filed September 8th.
ACLU of Indiana represented Hoosier Jews for Choice and five women, who believe that government regulation and prohibition of abortion access violates their religious rights.
The organization cites an earlier Indiana law (Indiana’s Religious Freedom Restoration Act) passed in 2015, which stops the government from interfering in a person’s religious exercise unless they can provide a compelling reason and use the least restrictive measures.
Indiana’s Supreme Court will not be lifting the injunction issued by a special judge, which blocked enforcement of the law.
That injunction will stay as Indiana’s Supreme Court will hear oral arguments on January 12th regarding the injunction.
The injunction blocks Indiana’s enforcement of the new abortion law, which was signed early August. The law bans most abortions with some exceptions for rape or incest, where victims could only have the abortion up to 10-weeks into the pregnancy.