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SCOTUS gives Indiana pro-life laws a second chance

Mary Margaret Olohan on July 3, 2020

The United States Supreme Court has given the state of Indiana a second chance to review pro-life legislation formerly blocked by a lower court.

SCOTUS threw out the Chicago-based 7th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals’ ruling blocking two Republican backed, pro-life laws Thursday, Reuters reported. One of these laws would require women to see an ultrasound of their unborn baby before they obtained abortions, while the other one would require parental notification when a minor sought an abortion.

Vice President Mike Pence signed the ultrasound law when he was governor of Indiana in 2016, before he was selected as President Donald Trump’s running mate.

“We are heartened that the U.S. Supreme Court has granted us fresh opportunities to defend Indiana’s commonsense laws safeguarding women’s health and protecting, wherever possible, the lives of the unborn,” Republican Indiana Attorney General Curtis Hill said in a statement, Reuters reported.

Just days after the court narrowly struck down a law that would have decimated abortion access in Louisiana, the court has decided to give politicians opposed to abortion access another shot. #SCOTUS https://t.co/GpE7Z1gJX6

— Planned Parenthood (@PPIndKentucky) July 2, 2020

The justices instructed the 7th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals to reconsider the laws while taking into account SCOTUS’s Monday ruling on June Medical Services v. Russo, Reuters reported.

The case involved  an abortion provider that challenged a 2014 Louisiana state law requiring abortion providers to have admitting privileges in a hospital within 30 miles of the abortion facility. These admitting privileges would allow a woman to go directly to the hospital if she were to need urgent care.

SCOTUS ruled Monday that the law violated the rights of both women and abortion providers in Louisiana, and struck down the law.

“The Louisiana law imposes a burden on access to abortion just as severe as that imposed by the Texas law, for the same reasons,” Chief Justice John Roberts wrote in his opinion, referring to a similar law the court struck down in 2016. “Therefore Louisiana’s law cannot stand under our precedents.”

Susan B. Anthony List President Marjorie Dannenfelser celebrated news that SCOTUS would give the pro-life Indiana laws a second chance.

“We are pleased that the Seventh Circuit will reconsider its ruling striking down Indiana’s pro-life, pro-woman law, signed by then-Governor Mike Pence, that allows a woman considering abortion to see the growing child within her through ultrasound,” Dannenfelser said in a statement.

Dannenfelser said she was also pleased that the lower court will reconsider the parental consent law.

“We are confident that the Seventh Circuit will allow these compassionate, life-saving laws to stand upon further review,” Dannenfelser said.

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  1. RayJN July 5, 2020

    A minor must have parental permission to have their ears pierced. But they need to be able to have an abortion without consent to “protect” them?
    Planned Parenthood say they are about women’s health. So they dump a 14 y/o in a cab to send her to the ER after a botched abortion. It would look bad to have an ambulance show up. How about abortion clinics that pay their “doctors” under the table. No IRS investigation there.

  2. 1tymtrvlr July 5, 2020

    I have unsubscribed this commie rag twice, Quit sending me this commie rag, you useless motherfucking commiecensors.

  3. ed July 5, 2020

    Anger issues?

  4. Dan July 5, 2020

    Exactly HOW? SCOTUS ruled in a 5-4 decision that Indianas law and Ohios law requiring that people who preform abortions must have the ability to transfer a woman to a hospital if things go south, as constitutional. There is no second chance and only the SCOTUS can overturn this decision so PP would have to fight it all the way up to the SCOTUS yet again and hope they overturn their earlier ruling. And since SCOTUS has only overturned themselves 10 times in 240 years the chances of this happening is slim to none

  5. Alan July 5, 2020

    Why do you call this site comies?

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  7. Jane Bohren July 6, 2020

    Prayers for IN that ultrasounds and parental consent are to be upheld. Look where are country has gone when we devalued human life. We replaced God and filled the void with humanism. Are we as a country better for it? Look around and see the chaos rebellion removal of our history. It’s time to repent and ask His forgiveness for our collective sins and put Him back in His rightful place which includes schools government military and everywhere else He’s been banned.

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