Judge upholds Indiana law requiring abortion clinic inspections

By Dave Andrusko

In a decision rendered Wednesday, U.S. District Court Judge Richard Young upheld a part of a 2018 Indiana law requiring that abortion clinics be inspected on an annual basis but struck down another requirement that abortionists report complications resulting from abortions.

The grotesque hoarding of the bodies of over 2,400 unborn babies played a key role in upholding a part of Senate Enrolled Act 340.

As NRL News Today has reported on numerous occasions, until 2015 when his license was revoked, Ulrich Klopfer operated abortion clinics in Fort Wayne, Gary and South Bend. Last year, following his death, authorities found 2,400 presered sets of fetal remains at his garage at home and in the trunk of a car.

In his decision, Judge Young concluded. “If abortion clinics are to be inspected—and they must be—that responsibility falls to the State. Because the State has offered a rational reason for the decision to subject abortion clinics to stricter inspection requirements, the court concludes the Inspection Statute does not violate equal protection.”

Incredibly, the ACLU and Planned Parenthood of Indiana and Kentucky [PPINK] argued the requirement for regular inspections, “would violate patients’ equal protection rights because the clinics would be inspected more frequently than other medical facilities,” Andrea Rahman wrote.

Young concluded that requiring medical providers to report to the state if they treat women for complications arising from abortions “was unconstitutional vague.” The decision came two years after Judge Young granted a preliminary injunction blocking the law from taking effect.

Indiana Attorney General Hill Curtis Hill said, “The Indiana General Assembly has a record of passing legislation that safeguards women’s health and protects the lives of unborn children.” He added, “I will always consider it an honor to vigorously defend state laws aimed at such essential objectives.”