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Indiana Pays Out $182,000 Over 2016 Abortion Lawsuit

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IPB News

The state of Indiana will pay more than $180,000 in attorneys fees after one of several legal battles over an anti-abortion law wrapped up.

That adds to a growing amount the state has been racking up over the last decade.

A 2016 law banned abortions performed because of a fetus’s characteristics – like gender, race or disability. It also required medical facilities to bury or cremate fetal remains. A lawsuit over that measure lasted until the middle of 2019, when the U.S. Supreme Court struck down the first provision while upholding the second.

Since the case was resolved, a federal court recently settled the legal fees that resulted. And the state was ordered to pay $182,000 to the ACLU and Planned Parenthood.

Since 2011, Indiana has paid out nearly $3 million because of losses in court over anti-abortion laws.

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Brandon Smith is excited to be working for public radio in Indiana. He has previously worked in public radio as a reporter and anchor in mid-Missouri for KBIA Radio out of Columbia. Prior to that, he worked for WSPY Radio in Plano, Illinois as a show host, reporter, producer and anchor. His first job in radio was in another state capitol, in Jefferson City, Missouri, as a reporter for three radio stations around Missouri. Brandon graduated from the University of Missouri-Columbia with a Bachelor of Journalism in 2010, with minors in political science and history. He was born and raised in Chicago.