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Indiana A.G. grateful “the U.S. Supreme Court has granted us fresh opportunities” to defend Indiana’s ultrasound and parental notification laws

by | Jul 8, 2020

By Dave Andrusko

Indiana’s Attorney General Curtis Hill is familiar to readers of NRL News Today. His tenure as AG has been characterized by vigorous enforcement of Indiana’s pro-life and particularly in defending state laws in the courts. He is also remembered for his investigation into the bizarre hoarding of the bodies of over 2,400 aborted babies by the late Ulrich Klopfer and for ensuring that the aborted babies were memorialized at a burial service at Southlawn Cemetery in South Bend.

Last Thursday we wrote about how the Supreme Court had remanded two Indiana laws back to the 7th Circuit for further review. The first law is Indiana’s ultrasound law that requires that a woman seeking an abortion is given the opportunity to view an ultrasound of her unborn baby at least 18 hours prior to an abortion. The second law remanded back to the 7th Circuit is the state’s parental notification law which the Seventh Circuit had also blocked. 

“Parental involvement laws have been upheld for decades so the prospect of Indiana’s law being upheld is good. And Indiana’s ultrasound law presents a novel question but also does not create a substantial obstacle to access to abortion, so it too should be upheld,” said James Bopp, Jr., General Counsel to National Right to Life. “Of course, the pro-abortion Justices want to strike these laws now but Republican-appointed Justices refused to do this. The stark choice this November could not be clearer.”

As for Attorney General Hill, he said

“We are heartened that the U.S. Supreme Court has granted us fresh opportunities to defend Indiana’s commonsense laws safeguarding women’s health and protecting, wherever possible, the lives of the unborn. We remain undeterred in our purpose to uphold the sanctity of life.”

In a third case, the Supreme Court declined to consider Indiana’s appeal of a lower court’s ruling that an abortion provider, Whole Woman’s Health, must be given a provisional license to operate in South Bend during the state’s ongoing legal case against the provider.

Indiana Right to Life President Mike Fichter said that they “are cautiously optimistic that the ultrasound and parental notification appeals will find success in the Seventh Circuit.”

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