Divided 7th Circuit panel affirms earlier decision striking Indiana’s parental notification law

By Dave Andrusko

On Friday, a divided Seventh Circuit Court of appeals panel reaffirmed its earlier decision blocking Indiana’s 2017 parental notification law. As NRL News Today reported, the initial decision went up to the Supreme Court which remanded this law, among others, back to the 7th Circuit, and instructed the court to consider its conclusion in light of the Supreme Court’s 2020 decision in June Medical Services, L.L.C. v. Russo.  

That decision, which went against a commonsense Louisiana law, was 5-4. The High Court has a different composition now.

According to Courthouse News, “The law at issue, Senate Enrolled Act 404, was signed by Governor Eric Holcomb in 2017,  and requires “a judge to notify the parents of an unemancipated minor if the judge approves her petition for a judicial bypass and authorizes her abortion.” For decades studies have shown  the positive impacts these laws have in significantly reducing the rates of abortion, birth, and pregnancy rates among minors.

New Indiana Attorney General Todd Rokita said in a statement that his administration remains committed to protecting the sanctity of life at every opportunity.

“Nothing is more foundational to ordered liberty in America than the right to life,” Attorney General Rokita said. “As innocent human beings, unborn children must be treated with the dignity they rightly deserve while we simultaneously safeguard the health and well-being of expectant mothers.”

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