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Indiana judge grants preliminary injunction restoring widespread abortion access

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After hearing arguments Monday, Republican Judge Kelsey Hanlon ruled Thursday that she would disserve the public if she did not grant the preliminary injunction.

FORT WAYNE, Ind. (WFFT) -- One week without widespread abortion access in Indiana.

It was a short-term victory for the local pro-life movement.

“There’s sort of this underlying thought that abortion in some cases is helpful and it never is,” Abigail Lorenzen with Right to Life of Northeast Indiana said.

Lorenzen was gardening at home when she learned that a circuit court judge granted a preliminary injunction, restoring abortion access in Indiana.

“It was really disappointing, considering the Supreme Court ruling that had just come down that this fit inside of that and so to have the state spend money defending a law that had just passed was really disappointing,” Lorenzen said.

The American Civil Liberties Union in Indiana filed a lawsuit against the state on behalf of abortion clinics August 30.

They argued that, by limiting access to abortion clinics, the state forces some people to get abortions in hospitals, which cost a lot more.

A primary point of contention during the hearing was how to properly interpret Indiana’s Constitution, though.

The ACLU says the Indiana Constitution provides greater protection to individual rights than the U.S. Constitution does so they argued that “life, liberty, and the pursuit of happiness” guarantees the right to reproductive privacy in the Hoosier state.

The ACLU sent FOX 55 a statement saying “There are 1.5 million people of reproductive age in the state of Indiana, and every single one of them deserve the right to make their own decisions about their bodies, families, and futures.”

Although Indiana’s abortion ban was only in effect for one week, they say the time without widespread abortion access caused irreparable damage.

Lorenzen says it does not matter if the Indiana Constitution guarantees privacy or not; privacy is not the foundation of the abortion debate.

“Abortion at its base is not about privacy. It’s about human civil rights. It’s about each individual having equal protection under law. Just because a woman is carrying a child doesn’t mean that child isn’t its own individual,” Lorenzen said.

Therefore, until she makes a final decision, Hoosiers’ abortion rights will rewind to before the September 15th ban.

Right to Life of Northeast Indiana plans to hold a pro-life rally outside the Allen County Courthouse 11 a.m. Saturday.

Seven counties in Northeast Indiana will hold simultaneous rallies and you can find one near you at

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