Health

Indiana attorney general files appeal to strike down injunction on the state’s abortion ban

BY: - September 23, 2022

The Indiana Attorney General’s Office filed an appeal late Thursday night that seeks to throw out an injunction on the state’s near-total abortion ban. Lawyers representing the state are hoping to advance the issue straight to the Indiana Supreme Court.  “Only this court can provide the final word on this hotly contested, high-profile, pure question […]

Judge issues preliminary injunction, pausing Indiana’s near-total abortion ban

BY: - September 22, 2022

An Owen County judge issued a preliminary injunction Thursday in a lawsuit that seeks to strike down Indiana’s near-total abortion ban — halting the state’s new abortion law that officially took effect Sept. 15.  Judge Kelsey Blake Hanlon, a Republican, said in her ruling that the ban “materially burdens the bodily autonomy of Indiana’s women […]

Legislators hear testimony for, against legalizing marijuana

BY: - September 21, 2022

Lawmakers considered the advantages and shortcomings of legalizing certain cannabinoids Tuesday, potentially as a precursor to legalizing the plant itself for recreational use. But the research offered frequently conflicted and the committee abruptly ended, with discussion expected to continue next month. Over the course of four hours, committee members from the interim health committee heard […]

Owen County judge weighs arguments in lawsuit challenging Indiana’s abortion ban

BY: - September 19, 2022

An Owen County judge heard arguments Monday centering on the right to privacy in a lawsuit that seeks to put a pause on Indiana’s near-total abortion ban. The judge presiding over the case will next decide whether or not to issue a preliminary injunction, which would temporarily stop the ban from being enforced.  Judge Kelsey […]

COMMENTARY

Can RFRA take down Indiana’s new abortion law?

BY: - September 16, 2022

It is the height of irony that the new GOP-backed abortion restrictions could be undone by the Religious Freedom Restoration Act. RFRA caused massive controversy in 2015 because conservative groups and some Hoosiers wanted to use it to justify discrimination, specifically against gay and lesbian Hoosiers who they disagreed with based on religious beliefs. Think […]

Indiana governor defends state’s abortion law as legal challenge against the ban heats up

BY: and - September 16, 2022

Indiana’s Republican governor continued to defend the state’s near-total abortion ban after the new abortion law took effect on Thursday, saying he’s not concerned about possible economic repercussions or impacts on the state’s ability to retain and attract skilled workers. The Hoosier state is the first in the nation to approve abortion-restricting legislation since the […]

Indiana’s abortion ban officially takes effect. Here’s what you need to know.

BY: - September 15, 2022

Indiana’s near-total ban on abortions officially takes effect Thursday. The state is the first in the nation to approve abortion-restricting legislation since the U.S. Supreme Court ruling that overturned Roe v. Wade.  Indiana’s Republican-dominated Legislature approved the ban in August during a special legislative session that saw nearly two weeks of long days and heated […]

Lawsuit to strike down Indiana’s abortion ban gets new judge

BY: - September 14, 2022

A critical court hearing set for next week could put a pause on Indiana’s near-total abortion ban, with behind-the-scenes maneuvers over the judge and counsel in the meantime. The new law is still set to take effect on Thursday but the Republican judge – the third tasked in the case – is a Republican who […]

Biden pitches ‘moonshot’ to cut the number of cancer deaths in half

BY: - September 14, 2022

WASHINGTON —  Hoping to channel the momentum that led scientists to land Americans on the moon more than 50 years ago, President Joe Biden doubled down Monday on his quest to halve the number of cancer deaths as part of his revamped “cancer moonshot” initiative Speaking from the John F. Kennedy Presidential Library and Museum […]

COVID-19 booster locations added to state map

BY: - September 13, 2022

The Indiana Department of Health (IDOH) announced Tuesday that it has added locations that are offering the new bivalent COVID-19 booster vaccines, which protect against the two most common strains of the virus, to its map at www.ourshot.in.gov. Appointments are not yet available online but can be made by contacting a pharmacy or healthcare provider, […]

Indiana receives federal approval for expanded postpartum coverage

BY: - September 9, 2022

Hoosier moms covered by Medicaid during their pregnancy will keep the insurance coverage up to a year after the birth of their child, a move that the federal Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services approved this week. Previously, moms only had coverage 60 days postpartum. Though the agency had provided the coverage since April, it […]

ACLU files second lawsuit challenging Indiana’s near-total abortion ban

BY: - September 8, 2022

The American Civil Liberties Union of Indiana on Thursday filed a second lawsuit challenging Indiana’s near-total abortion ban that is set to take effect in one week. The class action lawsuit was filed in Marion County Superior Court on behalf of Hoosier Jews for Choice, as well as five anonymous women who represent a variety […]