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A federal appeals court on Thursday upheld a prior ruling that blocked an Indiana law that requires women to have an ultrasound at least 18 hours before seeking an abortion.

The Associated Press reported that The Seventh Circuit Court of Appeals affirmed a preliminary injunction that U.S. District Judge Tanya Walton Pratt issued in April 2017.

The article goes on to state the following:

Pratt issued the injunction about a year after then-Gov. Mike Pence (R) signed the law.

In Thursday’s 51-page ruling, Judge Ilana Rovner wrote that the waiting period imposes an “undue burden” on women who are seeking an abortion and said that women have the “ability to reason” without needing to have an ultrasound.

“Women, like all humans, are intellectual creatures with the ability to reason, consider, ponder and challenge their own ideas and those of others,” Rovner wrote, according to The Indianapolis Star.

“The usual manner in which we seek to persuade is by rhetoric not barriers.”

Rovner added that the law “constitutes an undue burden on those seeking an abortion,” the AP reported. Her reasoning for that argument was because the law could require some women to face long-distance travel and additional expenses to undergo an ultrasound.

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  1. Another liberal judge discarding duly passed laws she doesn’t like. Surely a child’s life should be worth the inconvenience of an ultrasound…but then we’re talking about American babies not illegal ones.

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