Indiana authorities asked the U.S. Supreme Court this week for the ability to protect women from an unlicensed abortion facility in their state.
On Tuesday, Indiana Attorney General Curtis Hill announced their request to the high court to settle a licensing dispute involving the Whole Woman’s Health Alliance abortion facility in South Bend, WSBT News reports.
In 2018, the Indiana State Department of Health denied the abortion facility a license after it said Whole Woman’s Health provided inaccurate information on its license application. However, the abortion chain challenged the decision.
Whole Woman’s Health opened in June in South Bend after a federal judge ruled in its favor. It still does not have a license.
Appealing to the U.S. Supreme Court, Hill said the state licensing requirements are in place to protect patients, and the state should be allowed to enforce them. He said there were a number of “red flags” in Whole Woman’s Health’s license application.
He said the health department found that the abortion facility failed to provide requested documentation about the safety record of its affiliated clinics in other states. The alliance is closely affiliated with a Texas-based abortion chain that has amassed dozens of health and safety violations at its clinics.
Another problem for state health officials was “its plan to employ as clinic administrator an individual who had also been the clinic administrator for the notorious Dr. Ulrich Klopfer. This late physician’s license had been suspended for failure to report sexual abuse of minors on whom he had performed abortions, and he subsequently has been found to have been hoarding thousands of aborted fetal remains in his garage and automobiles,” according to the attorney general’s office.
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Hill said protecting patients is their main concern.
“Only women seeking abortions, not abortion providers, have specially protected abortion-related rights under the Fourteenth Amendment,” he said. “And in this case, a would-be abortion clinic seeks to avoid state licensing standards designed to protect patients from incompetent and unscrupulous providers.”
Since June 27, the South Bend facility has been aborting unborn babies up to 10 weeks of pregnancy, averaging about 10 a week, The Chicago Tribune reports.
In Texas, health inspection reports show numerous problems at Whole Woman’s Health abortion facilities. Reports found problems with with sterilizing and disinfecting instruments that were used on multiple women. State inspectors also found rusty spots on suction machines that had the “likelihood to cause infection” and other issues that put women’s health in jeopardy, according to the health inspection reports.
These violations may have influenced Indiana state officials’ decision to deny the license. According to the state Department of Health, “Based upon the Department’s review, the Commissioner finds WWHA failed to meet the requirement that the Applicant is of reputable and responsible character and the supporting documentation provided inaccurate statements and information.”
South Bend, the home of Notre Dame University and current Democrat presidential candidate Pete Buttigieg, has a history of troubling abortion practices. In 2015, abortionist Ulrich Klopfer was forced to close his abortion facility in the city after he was charged with 1,833 abortion violations, including failures to report rapes of young teenage girls to authorities.
Klopfer died in September. Later, authorities found the bodies of 2,411 aborted babies stored in his garage and car. Hill’s office is investigating the gristly discovery