Indiana Attorney General Curtis Hill Defends Pro-Life Law Saving Babies From Abortion

State   |   Micaiah Bilger   |   Sep 11, 2020   |   5:35PM   |   Indianapolis, Indiana

Indiana Attorney General Curtis Hill continued a court battle this week to require basic accountability from the abortion industry.

On Thursday, his office announced its appeal of a U.S. district court ruling that struck down a law requiring abortion facilities to report abortion complications to the state, according to a news release from the attorney general’s office.

“While Planned Parenthood continues working to protect the financial profits of the abortion industry, we will continue working to protect women’s health and the lives of unborn children,” Hill said in a statement.

In July, U.S. District Judge Richard Young struck down the law, arguing that the requirement to report complications “arising from” abortions is “unconstitutionally vague.”

However, in his appeal to the Seventh Circuit Court of Appeals this week, Hill disagreed.

He said there are legal “precedents holding that whether a medical outcome ‘arises from’ a particular cause must be determined by reasonable medical judgment.” Hill pointed to other state, federal and criminal statutes that use the words “arising from” for similar requirements.

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“… the district court has cited no case holding that ‘arising from’ is unconstitutionally vague in any other context,” he said.

Passed in 2018, the Indiana law requires annual inspections of abortion facilities and increases 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.

Planned Parenthood challenged both the reporting and annual inspection requirements in a lawsuit soon afterward, alleging that even the annual inspections are unfair.

The abortion industry has a financial reason for claiming abortions are safe for women; they never are safe for the unborn baby. Without regular inspections or reporting requirements, the abortion industry can continue to claim that abortions are safe for women based on what they choose to report.

In July, Young upheld the inspection requirement but struck down the reporting requirement in the law. He agreed with lawmakers that annual inspections of abortion facilities are important for women’s health and safety, WBIW News reported at the time.

The judge mentioned the horrific discovery of 2,411 aborted babies’ bodies in a former Indiana abortionist’s garage and vehicle in 2019. Ulrich Klopfer worked as an abortionist for decades in South Bend, Gary and Fort Wayne, Indiana. However, the state revoked his license in 2016 for failing to report the rape of a 13-year-old patient and other health violations.

Young said the state should be allowed to conduct regular inspections of abortion facilities to protect women and unborn babies from similar incidents in the future.

Mike Fichter, president and CEO of Indiana Right to Life, commented previously on the law: “Indiana’s new law, SEA 340 on abortion complications reporting, brings needed transparency to the abortion industry. Planned Parenthood likes to claim that abortions never harm women. If that was the case, why do they oppose this common sense law? Their lawsuit begs the question, does Planned Parenthood have something to hide?”

Fichter said he is confident the law will withstand a court challenge.

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 eventually was convicted of murdering three newborn babies, contributing to the death of a female patient in his “house of horrors” abortion facility and hundreds of other violations.