A federal judge in The Hoosier State has ruled that Allen County can regulate itinerate medical providers, including an abortion clinic in Fort Wayne.
"The Allen County Patient Safety Ordinance requires that out-of-town doctors obtain a physician designee -- a backup doctor -- to take care of their patients when they have gone home and the patients are in emergency situations and have to go to emergency rooms," reports Alliance Defense Fund (ADF) attorney Steven Aden.
The abortion patient must be given the backup information 24 hours in advance of the operation. The American Civil Liberties Union filed suit to block the ordinance on behalf of abortionist Ulrich Klopfer, who argues the regulation will prevent him from performing abortions because he cannot find a doctor in the area who is willing to associate with him as his designated physician.
"The county recognized that their patients' health is more important than the bottom line of an out-of-town medical provider, including an abortionist," Aden explains. "The county simply can't put the health and safety of patients at risk because one man wants to perform abortions without a sensible safety precaution that applies to all out-of-town physicians -- not just abortionists."
The court has issued a preliminary injunction, allowing most of the provisions to go into effect while litigation continues.