Planned Parenthood/ACLU challenges Indiana law requiring abortion complications that injure women be reported

By Dave Andrusko

As expected, Planned Parenthood of Indiana and Kentucky and co-plaintiffs the American Civil Liberties Union and the ACLU of Indiana today filed suit against SEA 340, signed into law by pro-life Gov. Eric Holcomb on March 25.

The plaintiffs adopted a typical pro-abortion line of attack, according to the Indianapolis Business Journal: that SEA 340 “imposes inspection requirements on abortion clinics that are not imposed on outpatient settings or hospitals.”

ACLU of Indiana Executive Director Jane Henegar issued a statement, charging, “Once again Indiana politicians are barging into the exam room with irrational demands and intrusive requirements.”

In fact, of course, it doesn’t nothing of the sort. As Indiana Right to Life, NRLC’s state affiliate, explained, SEA 340 requires that physicians, hospitals, or abortion clinics must report to the state each case when a woman is injured by an abortion. Complications required to be reported include uterine perforation, cervical perforation, infection, hemorrhaging, respiratory arrest, shock, or incidents in which parts of an aborted baby are left within the woman.

The report must also include any indication that the woman treated was seeking an abortion as a result of abuse, coercion, harassment or trafficking.

In addition SEA 340 tightens the process for abortion licensing in Indiana. It requires that an applicant disclose whether it has operated an abortion clinic that was closed due to health and safety concerns, whether a principal or staff members has been convicted of a felony, and whether a principal or staff member was ever employed by a facility owned or operated by the applicant that closed as a result of administrative or legal action.


Planned Parenthood’s lawsuit is sadly predictable,” said Mike Fichter, President and CEO of Indiana Right to Life. “Almost every time Indiana lawmakers pass legislation to protect women’s health and safety, the abortion giant runs to activist judges to block the laws.

“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?