Indiana appeals ruling blocking part of abortion law

Republican Curtis Hill wins Indiana race for attorney general

INDIANAPOLIS  — Indiana Attorney General Curtis Hill says he’ll appeal a federal judge’s ruling that blocks parts of a new state law that would make it tougher for girls under age 18 to get an abortion without their parents’ knowledge.

Hill on Friday criticized the preliminary injunction issued on June 28.

He says “it’s easier for a 14-year-old to get an abortion than to get a tattoo.” He adds that the legal challenge brought by Planned Parenthood of Indiana and Kentucky “is nothing more than an attempt to give courts rather than parents the legal guardianship of children.”

The ruling prevented three portions of the law from taking effect July 1. They include a provision that would require judges to decide whether a minor’s parents should be notified of her intention to seek an abortion.