The law prohibits doctors from performing dilation and evacuation abortions unless they are to prevent a serious health risk or save the life of the mother. A doctor who violates the law can be charged with a felony punishable by up to six years in prison.
Barker, however, refused to lift the injunction against a 2017 Indiana law that requires parents to be notified if a court allows a girl under the age of 18 to have an abortion without the consent of her parents. Barker cited procedural reasons, noting that a challenge to the law is pending in the 7th Circuit Court of Appeals in Chicago.
Indiana could face tougher abortion restrictions sometime next month as the Republican-dominated Legislature is set to begin special legislative session July 25.