Legislators Urge Attorney General Hill to Appeal 18-Hour Ultrasound Ruling

April 10, 2017

Co-authors and Sponsors of the 2016 Dignity for the Unborn Law Disheartened by Pratt’s Ruling

The co-authors and sponsors of the 2016 Dignity for the Unborn law, House Enrolled Act (HEA) 1337, urge Indiana Attorney General Curtis Hill to appeal the recent 18-hour ultrasound ruling in a new letter.

Reps. Ron Bacon (District 75), Peggy Mayfield (District 60), Chris Judy (District 83) and Michael Young (District 35), and Sens. Liz Brown (District 15), Jim Tomes (District 49), Dennis Kruse (District 14) and Travis Holdman (District 19) wrote in the letter to Hill:

“We are requesting an immediate appeal of this injunction until the case is fully resolved before the court and ask your office to vigorously defend the law being challenged throughout the final resolution of the case. It is our belief that the State of Indiana plays a pivotal role in protecting and preserving all life by upholding the dignity and humanity of the unborn. Our intent with HEA 1337 was to ensure that Indiana’s policy is to value life no matter who you are, where you come from, or what your disability may be; so to have that belief labeled as an ‘undue burden’ is disheartening to say the least.”

The full text of the letter is available here.

“Planned Parenthood doesn’t want women to see an ultrasound of their developing children 18-hours before an abortion because it gives women time to reconsider the profound decision that they are about to make,” said Mike Fichter, President and CEO of Indiana Right to Life. “Planned Parenthood knows cancelled abortion appointments cut into their bottom line. Planned Parenthood could easily install ultrasound machines at all 17 of their Indiana facilities in order to comply with the law. But, Planned Parenthood would rather challenge this simple law in court because they know activist judges are on their side.

“We extend our sincere thanks to Reps. Bacon, Mayfield, Judy and Young, and Sens. Brown, Tomes, Kruse and Holdman for standing up for the Dignity for the Unborn law. We, too, urge Attorney General Hill to appeal Judge Pratt’s decision that favors Planned Parenthood.”

On Mar. 31, federal Judge Tanya Pratt granted an injunction against the 18-hour ultrasound requirement in the Dignity for the Unborn law. The law added a time requirement of at least 18-hours to the mandatory ultrasound requirement, already in state law. Planned Parenthood and the American Civil Liberties Union celebrated their win following Pratt’s ruling.

Legislator letter

Indiana Right to Life’s mission is to protect the right to life, especially of unborn children, through positive education, compassionate advocacy and promotion of healthy alternatives to abortion.




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