Obama-appointed Judge Delivers Injustice against Unborn Children

Indiana Right to Life “urges the state to appeal” Judge Pratt’s decision

U.S. District Court Judge Tanya Walton Pratt

U.S. District Court Judge Tanya Walton Pratt

INDIANAPOLIS – Today Judge Tanya Walton Pratt of the U.S. Court for the Southern District of Indiana granted Planned Parenthood of Indiana and Kentucky’s request for an injunction against Indiana’s Dignity for the Unborn Law before it could take effect on July 1. The Dignity for the Unborn Law prohibits abortions for the sole reason of the child’s gender, race, national origin or a potential disability, among other measures.

Indiana Right to Life predicted Pratt, who was appointed by President Obama, would block the Dignity for the Unborn law from taking effect. Pratt has a history of siding with the abortion lobby; Pratt blocked provisions of a 2011 Indiana law that denied taxpayer funds to abortion businesses and required that pregnant women be told about an unborn child’s ability to feel pain.

“Today a federal judge denied the civil rights of unborn children, then proceeded to equate aborted children to common medical waste by blocking dignified disposal,” said Mike Fichter, President and CEO of Indiana Right to Life. “This ruling is an appalling human rights injustice and we urge the state to appeal.

Fichter noted, “Abortion businesses like Planned Parenthood turn to activist judges anytime they believe their lucrative businesses are threatened. It is no surprise that a judge appointed by Obama with a history of ruling against pro-life measures would block the Dignity for the Unborn law. Today’s decision is one small step in the legal process to uphold the Dignity for the Unborn law as the state protects the civil rights of unborn children.”

The Dignity for the Unborn law deals with various measures related to abortion, including putting into law Hoosiers’ longstanding values that babies shouldn’t be aborted because of disability, gender or race.

In addition, it provides perinatal hospice information to parents who receive a negative prenatal diagnosis. It imposes respectful disposal methods of aborted fetal remains so that baby body parts aren’t comingled with gall bladders and treated as medical waste. It prohibits the transportation of an aborted baby into or out of Indiana except for the purpose of final disposition. It also increases informed consent for women by prohibiting group counseling before an abortion so that the woman has an opportunity to discuss the upcoming abortion procedure in private.