Appeals court restores several Indiana abortion restrictions

By TOM DAVIES Associated Press

INDIANAPOLIS (AP) — Indiana's ban on telemedicine consultations between doctors and women seeking abortions and several other abortion restrictions are back in force after a federal appeals court set aside a judge's ruling that they were unconstitutional.

The 7th Circuit Court of Appeals panel issued a 2-1 ruling Wednesday that allows Indiana officials to continue enforcing those laws while a full appeal of the case is considered.

The ruling said the judge's ruling last month was inconsistent with previous Supreme Court decisions and reinstated Indiana's telemedicine ban, along with state laws requiring in-person examinations by a doctor before medication abortions and a prohibition on second-trimester abortions outside hospitals or surgery centers.

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