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[ATG] Attorney General’s Office defends SEA 371 in federal court
Start Date: 9/3/2013 All Day
End Date: 9/3/2013
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INDIANAPOLIS – Today the Attorney General’s Office was in federal court to defend Senate Enrolled Act 371 from a legal challenge filed by plaintiffs who seek to block implementation of the law. Passed by the 2013 Legislature, for purposes of facilities licensing and regulation, SEA 371 defined “abortion clinic” to include freestanding facilities that provide abortion-inducing drugs but not surgical abortion procedures. As state government’s lawyer, the Attorney General’s Office defends state statutes from challenges to their constitutionality and represents state officials in lawsuits.  Attorney General Greg Zoeller issued this statement:

“Everyone should remember that state laws reflect policy decisions made by the people’s elected representatives in the Legislature and that state government itself is entitled to a vigorous defense like any other party in a lawsuit. While we respect the legal right of parties to challenge any law, we look forward to respectfully defending state policy-making authority,” Zoeller said.

The pretrial conference today in U.S. District Court for the Southern District of Indiana was procedural and the court set several deadlines. Indiana Solicitor General Thomas M. Fisher of the Attorney General’s Office will appear on behalf of the State at a November preliminary injunction hearing.



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Name: Bryan Corbin
Phone: 317.233.3970
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