The American Civil Liberties Union (ACLU) has filed a lawsuit against the state of Indiana on behalf of Planned Parenthood of Indiana and Kentucky (PPINK) on the basis that their recently enacted pro-life law prohibiting abortions in certain cases is unconstitutional.
According to Planned Parenthood, it’s unconstitutional to prohibit abortions, even when they’re performed solely because of the baby’s race, color, sex, national origin, or disability, as Indiana’s pro-life law prohibits. When it comes to killing the most defenseless and innocent among us, Planned Parenthood’s position is that there should be no discrimination.
The ACLU – which is suing the state on behalf of PPINK – sees things a little differently, however. CNS News reported:
“The ACLU stands firmly against discrimination in all forms, but that isn’t what this law is about,” Jane Henegar, ACLU of Indiana executive director, said in a statement Thursday.
In particular, PPINK stated that Indiana’s pro-life law – House Bill 1337, the “Dignity for the Unborn Act” – violates the 14th Amendment by “creat[ing] an undue burden on the right to obtain an abortion.”
Additionally, PPINK “strongly object[s] to having to participate in informing women that Indiana law prohibits an abortion solely because of the fetus’s race, color, national origin, ancestry, sex, or diagnosis or potential diagnosis of the fetus having a disability as they believe that they are being forced to inform patients of something that is clearly unconstitutional.”
Indiana’s pro-life law was signed by Governor Mike Pence on March 24th, and the law is set to go into effect July 1st, unless Planned Parenthood is successful in getting a judge to order a preliminary injunction to prevent it from going into effect.
According to CNS News, the new pro-life law also requires that babies who die either through miscarriage or abortion be buried or cremated. In addition, abortionists who have hospital admitting privileges have to renew them annually.
Governor Mike Pence stated that he believes “a society can be judged by how it deals with its most vulnerable—the aged, the infirm, the disabled and the unborn.”