Indiana's supreme court issued a ruling on Friday that opened the door for a near-total abortion ban in the state.

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While the court acknowledged a limited right to abortion under the state constitution, it clarified that it did not consider it a fundamental right,

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allowing abortion only to protect a woman's life or in cases of serious health risks.

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This decision lifted the temporary injunction on the abortion ban passed by the conservative-controlled legislature in August, following the Supreme Court's reversal of Roe v. Wade.

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The ruling has drawn parallels to similar cases in other states, where abortion rights groups argue that state constitutions protect the right to abortion.

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However, the court's decision still leaves room for future legal challenges only in cases involving a threat to a woman's life or health.

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The ruling has been met with contrasting reactions, with the state's Conservative Attorney General celebrating it as a morally justified milestone,

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while providers and abortion rights groups express devastation, citing the potential denial of essential healthcare to 1.5 million people in Indiana, particularly those who face existing barriers to medical care.

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