Obama-appointed federal judge blocks key provisions of Indiana law

June 25, 2011

Indiana Right to Life President and CEO Mike Fichter issued this statement tonight in the wake of federal judge Tanya Walton Pratt blocking key provisions of Indiana law that deny public funding for abortion businesses and require that women be informed about an unborn child’s ability to feel pain: 

“We are deeply disappointed that today’s ruling brushes aside the will of the Indiana legislature.  This ruling opens the pipeline for our tax dollars to flow back into the hands of Indiana’s largest abortion provider and denies women seeking abortions the right to know about an unborn child’s ability to feel pain. 

We are confident that Indiana’s right to defund Planned Parenthood and to inform women about the facts of fetal pain will eventually be upheld in the courts, but it is troubling to know that in the meantime, Indiana is being forced to subsidize a business that profits from over 5,500 abortions every year and women are being denied key information they deserve.”

Indiana Right to Life does applaud the judge’s denial of Planned Parenthood’s request for an injunction against the informed consent requirement that women must be informed that human physical life begins at fertilization. 

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