Planned Parenthood and the American Civil Liberties Union (ACLU) have teamed up against Indiana regarding the state’s new abortion law, which bans the gruesome practice when being performed based on a diagnosis of Down syndrome.
“Indiana does not allow a fetus to be aborted solely because of the fetus’s race, color, national origin, ancestry, sex, or diagnosis or potential diagnosis of the fetus having Down syndrome or any other disability.”
According to CNS News, the new abortion 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.
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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.”
Planned Parenthood, however, sees things a little differently. They and the ACLU are working toward legal action against the state’s new abortion law.
In a statement by Betty Cockrum – the CEO of Planned Parenthood of Indiana and Kentucky – Governor Pence is “picking and choosing which Constitutional rights are appropriate”:
“Pence fails to grasp basic facts when it comes to reproductive health. Education, coupled with access to all reproductive health services, is the most effective method of protecting Hoosiers. It is clear that the governor is more comfortable practicing medicine without a license than behaving as a responsible lawyer, as he picks and chooses which constitutional rights are appropriate.”
Nowhere in the U.S. Constitution is there an exception for murder in cases where the intended victim is not yet born.
Abortion proponents will always appeal to Roe v. Wade. The Supreme Court opined in 1973 that abortion is a “legal” practice, based on a dubious reading of the Due Process Clause in the 14th Amendment – which the justices argued extended to a woman’s right to privacy, even if she wanted to kill her unborn child. They effectively justified murder based on a clause in the Constitution that forbade any state from “depriv[ing] any person of life…without due process of law.” There’s some classic Orwellian irony for you.
Besides that, judges don’t make laws; they simply render opinions.