We learned late Friday that Attorney General Curtis Hill appealed the preliminary injunction of Senate Enrolled Act (SEA) 404, and we are thrilled!
On June 28, a federal judge, Sarah Evans Barker, issued a preliminary injunction against portions of SEA 404 in a case brought by Planned Parenthood and the American Civil Liberties Union. SEA 404 is a new parental rights law designed to give parents more rights if their minor daughter seeks an abortion.
“SEA 404 is a common-sense law that recognizes the role of parents in their minor daughters’ health,” she said. “Attorney General Curtis Hill is willing to fight Planned Parenthood and the American Civil Liberties Union’s constant attempt to block abortion-related laws. We extend our appreciation to AG Hill.”
We expected AG Hill’s appeal after he issued a strong pro-life statement following Barker’s June ruling:
“The challenge of this law is nothing more than an attempt to give courts rather than parents the legal guardianship of children. When an unemancipated minor undergoes even the most basic medical procedures, the involvement of a parent or legal guardian is typically required. However, for the time being, Wednesday’s injunction essentially encourages a minor to go it alone through the emotionally and physically overwhelming procedure of aborting a human being. We will always support the authority of parents to know what is going on with their children and continue to defend Hoosier parents,” Hill said.
“This law already enables judges to determine that some minors could have extenuating circumstances in their relationships with their parents that make notification unwise or unsafe. In these instances, judges have full authority to waive the notification of parents. By requiring minors to notify their parents, Senate Enrolled Act 404 increases the likelihood that minors will go through this process with the support and guidance needed.”
Pro-life Hoosiers are pleased that AG Hill is on the side of parents who deserve to be involved in their minor daughters’ health and wellbeing.