Democrat County Prosecutors Refuse to Defend Law Reporting Botched Abortions Hurting Women

State   |   Micaiah Bilger   |   May 3, 2018   |   1:24PM   |   Indianapolis, IN

Three county prosecutors in Indiana refused to defend a new state law requiring that abortion facilities report patient complications and submit to annual inspections.

Democrat prosecutors for Marion, Monroe and Lake counties in Indiana made the announcement Wednesday, a few days after Planned Parenthood filed a lawsuit challenging the law.

The Indy Star reports Terry Curry of Marion County, Chris Gaal of Monroe County and Bernard Carter of Lake County are named in the abortion chain’s lawsuit; but all three said they will not defend the law.

“We are tired of being drawn into the annual act of legislative futility to pass abortion-related bills, which inevitably results in lawsuits at taxpayer expense,” Curry said in a statement.

Gaal claimed their refusal has nothing to do with their personal beliefs about abortion.

“Our decision to concede the merits of the suit as defendants is not based on our personal beliefs,” Gaal said in a statement. “It is about refusing to participate in a futile legal battle that is a distraction from our important duties.”

But Indiana Right to Life President and CEO Mike Fichter said the prosecutors’ decision could jeopardize women’s lives.

“These Democrat county prosecutors are thumbing their nose at the legislative process and ignoring the legitimate health risks for women following an abortion,” Fichter said. “These prosecutors are playing politics with the lives of women injured by botched abortions.”

Ficther expressed strong hopes that the law will be upheld as constitutional.

Government health officials regularly inspect everything from hair salons and restaurants to hospitals and doctor’s offices, but the top abortion business in America believes the new Indiana law (Senate Enrolled Act 340) is too burdensome.

The Indianapolis Business Journal reports the American Civil Liberties Union and Planned Parenthood of Indiana and Kentucky filed the lawsuit in late April to challenge the new regulations.

The law requires annual inspections of abortion facilities and adds new reporting requirements when patients experience complications from an abortion. It also includes language to help ensure abortion facilities are reporting suspected abuse, whether by a partner, parent or human trafficker.

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“Once again Indiana politicians are barging into the exam room with irrational demands and intrusive requirements,” ACLU of Indiana Executive Director Jane Henegar said in a statement.

Planned Parenthood also claims the law is not necessary because abortions are so safe.

But the abortion industry has a financial reason for making that claim. And without regular inspections or reporting requirements, the abortion industry can continue to claim abortions are safe for women – based on the data that they choose to report. Abortions never are safe for the unborn baby.

At least 20 states require some type of reporting of abortion complications, according to the Guttmacher Institute, a pro-abortion research group.

Regular inspections and complication reports are basic, common-sense requirements for health care facilities that help shed light on their health and safety practices.

The horrific case of abortionist Kermit Gosnell in Philadelphia prompted a number of states to pass abortion facility regulations within the past decade. Prosecutors in the case said Gosnell got away with his shoddy, murderous abortion practice for decades because of the lack of government oversight. According to authorities investigating the case, hair and nail salons were subject to greater scrutiny than abortion clinics in Pennsylvania.

Gosnell was convicted of murdering three newborn babies, contributing to the death of a female patient and hundreds of other violations.