AG Nessel supporting a constitutional challenge of restrictive Indiana abortion laws

"Outlawing or restricting access to abortion services will not prevent abortions," Nessel says.

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FILE - Michigan Attorney General Dana Nessel speaks during a news conference in Detroit on Oct. 14, 2021.

FILE - Michigan Attorney General Dana Nessel speaks during a news conference in Detroit on Oct. 14, 2021.

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On Monday, Michigan Attorney General Dana Nessel joined a coalition of 20 attorneys general supporting a constitutional challenge of several Indiana laws that impose restrictions on abortion providers.

The laws include a requirement that only physicians can perform first-trimester medication abortions; a requirement that second-trimester abortions be performed in a hospital or ambulatory surgical center; a ban on telemedicine to prescribe abortion-related medications and more, according to a press release from Nessel's office Monday.

“Outlawing or restricting access to abortion services will not prevent abortions," Nessel said in the release. "We, as elected officials, have a responsibility to oppose these laws and others like them. I will continue to fight alongside my colleagues and remain committed to protecting a woman's right to choose."

According to the release, the group of attorneys filed a brief in the U.S. Court of Appeals for the 7th Circuit in "Whole Woman's Health Alliance v. Rokita" on Nov. 8.

Plaintiffs, including Whole Woman's Health Alliance, obtained an injunction enjoining the enforcement of numerous Indiana abortion laws that unduly burden access to abortion care. The defendants are now appealing that decision.

In its brief, citing testimony from a seven-day district court trial, the coalition argues that the district court's ruling is consistent with Supreme Court precedent and should be upheld as the laws create an undue burden for patients, especially low-income women.

The attorneys general say that by limiting access to abortion, Indiana's laws force women to travel to seek care, which increases costs and makes it more difficult for people to obtain important health care services.

Joining Nessel in the brief led by Illinois Attorney General Kwame Raoul are the attorneys general of California, Connecticut, Delaware, the District of Columbia, Hawaii, Maine, Maryland, Massachusetts, Nevada, New Jersey, New York, Oregon, Vermont and Washington.