IN Judge Sides With Abortion Lobby, Blocks Protections for Unborn Babies & Mothers

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: September 22, 2022

Contact: Mary Owens, mowens@sbaprolife.org

Abortion Lobby Runs to Court to Impose Radical Agenda on Hoosiers

Washington, D.C. – Susan B. Anthony Pro-Life America expressed deep disappointment as an Indiana judge blocked a state law that would broadly protect unborn children and their mothers from abortion throughout pregnancy.

S.B. passed in the Indiana Legislature during the 2022 session and was signed into law by Republican Governor Eric Holcomb.

The law closes all abortion centers in Indiana, ensuring any abortions performed under certain exceptions are done in medical settings with necessary oversight, like the ability to treat life-threatening complications. The law allows for abortions in limited cases including pregnancies resulting from rape and incest, to protect the life of the mother, and if lethal fetal anomalies are diagnosed by a physician. It is expected to prevent an estimated 95% of all other elective abortions.

SBA Pro-Life America’s Director of State Affairs Sue Liebel stated:

“Shame on Judge Kelsey Hanlon for siding with the abortion industry against the people of Indiana who have made it clear they want strong protections for unborn children and their mothers,” said Liebel. “Indiana lawmakers worked hard to strengthen the state’s pro-life laws, and the fruits of their effort were poised to save thousands of lives a year. But the abortion lobby shamefully used the court system to stay open for business and impose their radical agenda, even distorting the Indiana Constitution’s clear guarantee of ‘life, liberty and the pursuit of happiness’ to argue for a ‘right’ to abortion on demand.

“Hoosier women and their unborn children deserve so much better than this judicial activism. We will continue to work with our pro-life allies in Indiana to fight for unborn children and their mothers.”

A new Charlotte Lozier Institute legal and medical analysis shows that all 23 states with strong pro-life laws currently on the books allow necessary and timely medical treatment for miscarriage, ectopic pregnancy, and other procedures necessary to save the life of a pregnant woman.

Since the Dobbs decision, more than a dozen states have taken action to protect life, with the potential to save more than 200,000 lives. Indiana is one of at least 14 states that provide Alternatives to Abortion funding to life-affirming Pregnancy Help Organizations (PHOs), which typically include pregnancy centers, adoption agencies, maternity homes and life-affirming social service agencies that exist to help mothers and their families.

Susan B. Anthony Pro-Life America is a network of more than one million pro-life Americans nationwide, dedicated to ending abortion by electing national leaders and advocating for laws that save lives, with a special calling to promote pro-life women leaders.

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