A federal judge removed an injunction against a state law that prohibits abortions on the basis of the race, sex or disability status of the fetus.

The Indiana legislature passed the law and it was signed in 2016 by then-Gov. Mike Pence but was blocked by Judge Tanya Walton Pratt before taking effect.

Pratt, chief judge of the U.S. District Court for the Southern District of Indiana, reversed that judgment in a ruling Monday.

With the law now in effect, doctors who perform abortions in violation of the statute could face disciplinary sanctions and civil liability.

State Attorney General Todd Rokita issued a statement Tuesday celebrating the decision.

“There is something particularly repugnant about discriminating against a child because of his or her race, sex or disability,” Rokita said. “To choose to end a child’s life on that basis while he or she is still in the womb is especially tragic. Hoosiers can be grateful that Indiana is now free to enforce a law rooted in common sense, compassion and justice.”

Rokita filed a motion last month, shortly after the Supreme Court’s decision to overturn Roe v. Wade, requesting the court swiftly vacate its declaratory judgment and injunction against the law, House Enrolled Act 1337.

The American Civil Liberties Union, which sued along with Planned Parenthood of Indiana and Kentucky to block the law in 2016, did not oppose the motion according to a response filed July 11. The ACLU did not immediately respond to a request for comment.

Statehouse and General Assignment Reporter

Brett Stover is a Reporter covering the Indiana Statehouse and general assignments for The Journal Gazette. A University of Missouri graduate, Stover has covered news in Indiana since 2021.