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U.S. Supreme Court asked to review abortion law signed by Pence

October 15, 2018

Indiana is asking the U.S. Supreme Court to hear arguments over a law that bars women from having an abortion based on gender, race or disability.The law was signed in 2016 when Vice President Mike Pence was Indiana governor. But federal courts have blocked it, saying it violates a woman’s right to end her pregnancy. The 7th Circuit Court of Appeals in April struck down Indiana House Enrolled Act 1337 in a 2-1 decision. The case is Planned Parenthood of Indiana and Kentucky, Inc., et al., v. Commissioner of the Indiana State Department of Health, et al., 17-3163.

Attorney General Curtis Hill on Friday asked the Supreme Court to take the case. He acknowledged a right to abortion but says it’s “not a right to decide which child to bear.”

Ken Falk of the American Civil Liberties Union of Indiana said Indiana’s petition is an attempt to infringe on the right to abortion.

The law also requires abortion providers to dispose of aborted fetuses in the same way as human remains. That section also was blocked.

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