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Top Indiana court upholds abortion-counseling law

INDIANAPOLIS (AP) — The Indiana Supreme Court on Wednesday upheld the state's abortion waiting-period law, which requires women seeking an abortion to receive in-person counseling about medical risks and alternatives.

The court, in a 4-1 vote, ruled that opponents of the 1995 law could not pursue their lawsuit on the grounds that privacy is a core right under the state constitution that extends to women seeking to end their pregnancies.

The court said such a challenge would fail because the law "does not impose a material burden on any right to privacy or abortion that may be provided or protected" under the state constitution.