January 4, 2021

Indiana Abortion Clinic Sues to Overturn Laws Requiring Respectful Treatment of Fetal Remains

Indiana State Capitol
photo credit: J. Stephen Conn / Flickr
The Indianapolis Women's Center in Indiana, along with three anonymous women who claim to be patients, has sued the state of Indiana over laws requiring abortion clinics to treat the bodies of aborted babies with respect.

The lawsuit claims that Indiana fetal disposal laws cause emotional damage to women, and should therefore be overturned.

“These laws also send the unmistakable message that someone who has had an abortion or miscarriage is responsible for the death of a person,” the lawsuit says. “As a result, they have caused many abortion and miscarriage patients, including Jane Doe Nos. 1, 2, and 3, to experience shame, stigma, anguish, and anger.”

Indiana Attorney General Curtis Hill successfully defended the same laws in 2019 in front of the Supreme Court when Planned Parenthood challenged them. He says he is confident that, while these challenges may be different in nature, the law will be upheld again.

“We took our fight for Indiana’s law on the disposition of fetal remains all the way to the U.S. Supreme Court, and we won,” Hill said. “We are now reviewing this latest lawsuit, but I can tell you now that we will once again defend humanity, and I am quite confident that Indiana’s law will continue to stand strong.”

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