Supreme Court Gives IN Pro-Life Laws Another Chance

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by Kristine Christlieb  •  •  July 6, 2020   

Pro-lifers call AG Curtis Hill a hero

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INDIANAPOLIS, Ind. ( - The U.S. Supreme Court is giving Indiana another chance to preserve two pro-life laws.

Indiana Attorney General Curtis Hill

On Thursday, the High Court directed the 7th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals to rehear cases that invalidated two Indiana abortion restrictions. The first law required women to have an ultrasound at least 18 hours before obtaining an abortion, and the second required parents to be notified whenever a minor seeks an abortion.

Indiana Attorney General Curtis Hill in a statement on Thursday said he's encouraged by the ruling.

"We are heartened that the U.S. Supreme Court has granted us fresh opportunities to defend Indiana's common sense laws safeguarding women's health and protecting, wherever possible, the lives of the unborn," wrote Hill. "We remain undeterred in our purpose to uphold the sanctity of life."

Planned Parenthood of Indiana and Kentucky (PPINK) challenged the ultrasound requirement. The abortion giant claimed the 18-hour wait between the performance of the ultrasound and the abortion placed an undue financial burden on women, especially those who drive long distances to obtain an abortion.

We remain undeterred in our purpose to uphold the sanctity of life.

The 7th Circuit in 2018 agreed, noting that "women must travel great distances twice in order to receive an abortion."

When the appeals court ruling came down, Hill was asked whether his office would appeal to the Supreme Court. Democratic prosecutors named in the suit urged Hill to fold, telling him the facts in evidence could not be overcome. Hill, nevertheless, "made clear he would vigorously defend the law."

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PPINK also challenged Indiana's parental notification law. The 7th Circuit held the law gave parents veto power over abortion decisions. Writing for the majority, Judge David Hamilton ruled the "practical effect [of the law] is an undue burden because it weighs more heavily in the balance than the State's interests."

In his dissent, Judge Michael Kanne pointed out the court "could only speculate" on the undue burden question because the law never took effect. Judge Amy Coney Barrett, whom Sen. Dianne Feinstein, D-Calif., famously badgered during her judicial confirmation hearing, joined Kanne in his dissent.

The 7th Circuit makes many pro-abortion rulings in spite of the fact that only two of its 14 judges were appointed by pro-death Democrats.

Judge David Hamilton

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On Thursday, Indiana Right to Life President and CEO Mike Fichter praised Hill.

Fichter said his organization is "cautiously optimistic that the ultrasound and parental notification appeals will find success in the Seventh Circuit. ... We are very thankful for the relentless effort Attorney General Curtis Hill has given to defending Indiana's pro-life laws in the courts."

The 7th Circuit makes many pro-abortion rulings in spite of the fact that only two of its 14 judges were appointed by pro-death Democrats. Five were appointed by former president Ronald Reagan and four by President Trump. The other five were appointed by presidents Bill Clinton, George H.W. Bush, George W. Bush, Gerald Ford and Barack Obama.

Hill came to prominence in the pro-life community in late 2019 when more than 2,000 aborted babies' bodies were found abandoned at the Illinois home of notorious abortionist Ulrich Klopfer. Hill headed the investigation and arranged for the children's burial because most of the children were Indiana citizens aborted in Indiana and then transported across state lines to Illinois.

While making remarks at the burial site in February, Hill referred eight times to the remains as children, babies or human beings.

"We have gathered here at this site because it is fitting and appropriate that these 2,411 unborn, even at this late date, receive their final resting place as would be expected and appropriate for any human being," he told mourners.

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