Obama-appointed Judge Sides with Planned Parenthood, Allowing Unborn Children with Down Syndrome to be Targeted for Abortion

September 25, 2017

Judge Pratt Has Long History of Ruling Against Indiana’s Abortion Laws

INDIANAPOLIS – Obama-appointed federal judge, Tanya Walton Pratt, sided with Planned Parenthood and the American Civil Liberties Union (ACLU) in their lawsuit against portions of the 2016 Dignity for the Unborn Act. Indiana’s largest abortion provider, Planned Parenthood, will continue to be able to abort unborn children for the sole reason of the child’s sex, race, national origin or a potential disability like Down syndrome. Indiana abortion providers will also continue to treat the remains of unborn children as common medical waste.

Pratt’s ruling continues her long-history of siding with the abortion industry. In March, Pratt sided with Planned Parenthood and the ACLU in their lawsuit against Indiana’s ultrasound requirement in the Dignity for the Unborn Act that specified an ultrasound be done at least 18-hours before the abortion (Indiana Attorney General Curtis Hill is appealing the ultrasound ruling). Pratt also blocked provisions of a 2011 Indiana law that denied taxpayer funds to abortion businesses and required that pregnant women be told about an unborn child’s ability to feel pain.

“We are deeply disappointed that Planned Parenthood can discriminate against unborn children and target them for abortion,” said Mike Fichter, President and CEO of Indiana Right to Life. “Planned Parenthood, the ACLU and Obama-appointed Judge Pratt do not represent the majority of Hoosiers. Our state took a proactive step in protecting the civil rights of unborn children by passing the Dignity for the Unborn Act in 2016. It’s a shame that Planned Parenthood cares more about their bottom line than recognizing the worth of children with Down syndrome. No one should be targeted for abortion solely because of their sex, race, national origin or a potential disability like Down syndrome.

“Judge Pratt’s ruling is sadly predictable, based on her previous track record. We urge Attorney General Curtis Hill to appeal.”

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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