By Dave Andrusko
Truth be told, before I checked around, I didn’t get what was going on this week when prosecutors from three Indiana counties announced they wouldn’t defend Indiana’s new abortion law, SEA 340, against Planned Parenthood of Indiana and Kentucky and the ACLU of Indiana’s challenge. SEA 340, signed into law by pro-life Gov. Eric Holcomb on March 25, merely requires that abortion complications be reported.
And then—to their immense credit—the Indianapolis Star explained it in the second word of its headline:
3 Democratic prosecutors won’t contest Planned Parenthood’s lawsuit on abortion law
I asked Mike Fichter, President and CEO of Indiana Right to Life, for more background.
He emphasized first and foremost not to forget that “The State Commissioner of Health is the main defendant so the state will defend.”
What made the PR stunt possible was that Planned Parenthood has clinics in each of the prosecutor’s counties. So Planned Parenthood could name Terry Curry of Marion County, Chris Gaal of Monroe County, and Bernard Carter of Lake County (all Democrats) defendants in the suit.
“The ACLU will probably use their ‘non-defense’ in an attempt to bolster their case before the court,” Fichter said.
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.
“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,” Fichter told NRL News Today.
“SEA 340 brings needed transparency to the abortion industry. Planned Parenthood likes to claim that abortions never harm women,” he added. “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?”