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Report: Planned Parenthood sues Indiana officials to stop annual inspections

Planned Parenthood of Indiana and Kentucky is suing Indiana state officials to block a new law that requires annual inspections of the company's abortion facilities and detailed reporting of patient information to the state.

The Associated Press reports a federal lawsuit was filed Monday by the American Civil Liberties Union of Indiana on behalf of the nation's largest provider of abortions. The ACLU argues that requiring annual inspections of abortion clinics is unconstitutional, claiming that the law's "vague and uncertain standards" are so broad that they're "meaningless." They also claim the law violates the U.S. Constitution's due process and equal protection clauses.

The lawsuit asks a judge to block the Indiana law, which will take effect July 1. Days ago, a federal judge struck down a different Indiana pro-life law signed by Vice President Mike Pence when he was governor of Indiana that bans abortions sought because of a preborn baby's disability. Just how, exactly, do annual inspections of a "medical facility" violate the Constitution?

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