SOUTH BEND ? Whole Woman's Health Clinic, the lone abortion provider in Michiana, says it will work to resume offering medication-induced abortions after Indiana's law banning nearly all abortions was temporarily halted by a judge Thursday.

The ruling came in response to an August lawsuit filed by the American Civil Liberties Union of Indiana and joined by Whole Woman's Health Alliance, Planned Parenthood of Indiana, and other abortion and health care providers.

WWHA's Midwest Advocacy Director Sharon Lau told The Tribune it's unclear when the clinic may resume abortion services. Unlike Planned Parenthood clinics in Indiana, including one in Merrillville, that plan to begin serving patients immediately, Whole Woman's Health lacks the necessary staff.

"Because we had to cut down on our staff and doctors, we can't just resume immediately," Lau said. "But we will be working to resume as soon as we can."

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The Virginia-based abortion provider said last week it would keep its South Bend clinic open, despite being unable to offer medication abortions. In lieu of that service, staffers would work to connect pregnant people with resources to find legal abortion providers in other states.

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