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Indiana Gov. Eric Holcomb signed the legislation into law in April. Photo: Scott Olson/Getty Images

A federal judge on Wednesday temporarily blocked a controversial Indiana law that would require doctors to tell women undergoing drug-induced abortions about a disputed treatment for "reversing" the abortion process, AP reports.

Why it matters: U.S. District Judge James Patrick Hanlon's temporary injunction puts the law on hold just one day before it was set to take effect, per the Indy Star.

The state of play: Gov. Eric Holcomb (R) signed the bill into law in April, but abortion-rights groups filed a lawsuit arguing that it would confuse patients and heighten the stigma around abortion. They also said it would force doctors to tell patients about a treatment that isn't backed by science, per AP.

  • Republican lawmakers in favor of the law have argued that it would give women necessary information about halting abortions if they changed their minds.
  • The reversal method involves patients taking a different medication than the second of the two drugs involved in a drug-induced abortion, per AP.

The big picture: Hanlon, an appointee of former President Trump, wrote in his decision that there is a "reasonable likelihood" that the law would violate the free-speech rights of abortion providers and that the defense hadn't proven the scientific effectiveness of the reversal process, according to AP.

  • “While the State may require abortion providers to give a woman seeking an abortion certain types of information as part of the informed-consent process, that information must, at a minimum, be truthful and not misleading,” Hanlon wrote.

Of note: Six states — Arkansas, Idaho, Kentucky, Nebraska, South Dakota and Utah — already have similar laws in place, and a similar requirement is set to take effect in West Virginia in July, per AP.

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Appeals court temporarily reinstates Texas abortion ban

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The 5th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals on Friday temporarily reinstated Texas' controversial abortion ban, hours after the state requested an emergency intervention.

Why it matters: The three-judge panel's decision will allow Texas to once again enforce the ban despite a lower court judge's earlier ruling that the law is unconstitutional.

Texas asks appeals court to swiftly restore restrictive abortion ban

A demonstrator at the Women's March on Oct. 2, 2021, which protested the new abortion law in Texas. Photo: Yana Paskova via Getty Images

Texas asked the 5th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals on Friday to swiftly restore the state's controversial abortion ban.

Why it matters: A federal judge granted the Biden administration's request to block the new law this week, calling it "flagrantly unconstitutional." Texas is appealing the ruling and wants the appeals court to allow enforcement of the ban while litigation is ongoing.

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Filings show Sweetgreen isn't profitable, despite claims

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Restaurant chain Sweetgreen on Monday filed to go public, and revealed that it lost money in each year since 2014.

Why it matters: The company lied when it repeatedly told reporters it was profitable.