U.S. Seventh Circuit Upholds Indiana Ban On Use Of Aborted Baby Parts For Experiments

March 16, 2019

INDIANAPOLIS –  The U.S. Seventh Circuit has reversed an injunction blocking Indiana’s ban on the use of fetal tissue from aborted babies for experiments. Writing the majority opinion in the 2-1 ruling, U.S. Circuit Judge Frank Easterbrook rejected District Court Judge Jane Magnus-Stinson’s assertion that the language of the 2016 law is unclear.

“The district court…held that the words ‘acquires’, ‘receives,’ and ‘transfers’, and the phrase ‘any other part’, are too uncertain to have legal force. If that is right, then big chunks of the legal system are invalid, because those words are ubiquitous in statutes, regulations, and judicial opinions,” wrote Easterbrook.

The Trustees of Indiana University sued Indiana after passage of the law in 2016 to block it from taking effect.

In its ruling, the Seventh Circuit also rejected Indiana University’s claim that the law is an infringement on its academic freedoms under the First Amendment.  In addition, the ruling denied Indiana University’s right to sue the state of Indiana, writing, “The university, as part of Indiana, is not entitled to sue its own state. Indiana’s legislature is free to decide what use (including none) to make of Indiana’s property.”

“We applaud the Seventh Circuit for upholding Indiana’s right to block the use of tissue from aborted babies for experimental purposes,” states Indiana Right to Life President and CEO Mike Fichter. “This law affirms the dignity and humanity of aborted children by preventing their body parts and tissue from being trafficked and exchanged as material for ghoulish experiments.”

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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House Votes to Extend Conscience Protections to Additional Medical Providers

March 14, 2019

INDIANAPOLIS – The Indiana House today by a 69-25 vote passed Senate Bill 201 which expands Indiana law to extend conscience protections to additional medical providers. Currently, physicians and hospital employees can object to participating in abortions for ethical, moral or religious reasons. SB 201, authored by Sen. Liz Brown, would extend conscience protections to other medical providers, including nurses, physician assistants and pharmacists.

Chemical abortions are on the rise in Indiana, accounting for 36 percent of abortions in 2017. As this type of abortion increases in popularity, more medical providers, including pharmacists, may become involved in the procedure.

“This law will send a message to health care providers that they can practice their profession in Indiana without making ethical concessions,” said Mike Fichter, President and CEO of Indiana Right to Life. “No one should be forced to participate in the deliberate ending of a child’s life. Sen. Brown’s bill extends important protections to health care providers. We’re pleased the Indiana Senate and House have passed SB 201 and we urge Gov. Eric Holcomb to sign it into law.”

SB 201 was authored by Sen. Liz Brown with co-authors Sens. Linda Rogers, Travis Holdman, Dennis Kruse, Eric Bassler, John Crane , Ron Grooms and Jim Tomes in the Senate.

SB 201 was sponsored in the House by Reps. Ron Bacon, Christy Stutzman, Peggy Mayfield, Chris Judy, Dave Heine, Martin Carbaugh, Ben Smaltz, Matt Hostettler, Dennis Zent, J.D. Prescott, Jim Lucas, David Abbott, Ryan Lauer, Shane Lindauer, Jeff Thompson, and Tim Wesco.

Click here to see how your state representative voted.

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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