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Lawsuit challenges the constitutionality of Indiana's abortion laws

INDIANAPOLIS (AP) — A new federal lawsuit by health care and abortion providers is challenging the constitutionality of Indiana's abortion laws.

The suit filed Thursday by organizations including the Whole Woman's Health Alliance says the state's laws restrict a woman's access to abortions and single out providers. It says the laws have "severely limited" access to abortions.

Whole Woman's Health Alliance wants to start a non-surgical abortion clinic in South Bend, but was denied a license.

Indiana Attorney General Curtis Hill's office defends the state's laws against legal challenges. Spokesman Bill McCleery said in an email the office "will review this lawsuit as we prepare to defend Indiana's laws respecting fetal life and protecting women's health and safety."

A federal judge already is weighing whether to block a new Indiana law set to take effect July 1 about reporting complications arising from abortions.

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