By Indiana Right to Life
Editor’s note. A “Petition for Writ Certiorari” [cert] is a formal, written request for the Supreme Court to review a lower court’s ruling. When the Supreme Court denies cert in a federal case, the decision of the Court of Appeals stands as the final decision.
INDIANAPOLIS, IN – The United States Supreme Court today took action on three Indiana appeals over abortion-related cases.
In two separate Indiana appeals, the Court granted a writ of certiorari. The judgments in these two cases are vacated and both remanded [sent back to] to the United States Court of Appeals for the Seventh Circuit for further consideration in light of the June Medical Services L.L.C. v. Russo decision issued Monday.
One of the cases involves Indiana law requiring the notification of parents when a minor daughter seeks a judicial bypass to have an abortion. This law is blocked by the Seventh Circuit.
The second case, involves Indiana law requiring that women seeking abortions be given the opportunity to view an ultrasound of their unborn baby at least 18 hours prior to an abortion. This law is also blocked by the Seventh Circuit.
In a third appeal, the Court denied cert in a case involving the licensing of the Whole Women’s Health Association abortion clinic in South Bend. The denial of cert means the South Bend abortion clinic can continue to operate as its suit against multiple Indiana pro-life laws goes forward in the courts. Indiana Attorney General Curtis Hill argued a federal judge’s order allowing the clinic to operate without a state license was unconstitutional.
“We are very disappointed in the Court’s denial of Indiana’s licensing appeal, but are cautiously optimistic that the ultrasound and parental notification appeals will find success in the Seventh Circuit,” said Indiana Right to Life President and CEO Mike Fichter. “We are very thankful for the relentless effort Attorney General Curtis Hill has given to defending Indiana’s pro-life laws in the courts.”