Will a Supreme Court ruling in a Texas case hurt an abortion provider's chances of locating in Indiana? One pro-lifer can't imagine it would help.
"Whole Woman's Health Alliance is a chain abortion business trying to open an abortion clinic here in South Bend," says Jackie Appleman of St. Joseph County Right to Life. "It's been back and forth for almost two years."
Whole Woman's Health Alliance (WWHA) has been denied by the Indiana Department of Health, but the Alliance is appealing that decision.
"Whole Woman's Health Alliance is a non-profit, but there's also another for-profit organization called Whole Woman's Health," explains Appleman. "Amy Hagstrom Miller is the board president, executive director of Whole Woman's Health Alliance, but she's also the owner of Whole Woman's Health LLC. And when Whole Woman's Health Alliance applied for an abortion license in Indiana, they did not list those Whole Woman's Health LLC affiliates, which caused concern for the Indiana State Department of Health."
The Department of Health wanted a list of those affiliates.
"Whole Woman's Health did not want to do that, and so it went back and forth," Appleman continues. "I am supposing that they did not want to list those other affiliates because those other clinics have numerous health code violations, and so that would also be a cause for them to be denied a license at their other clinics; they're not meeting current health codes."
The U.S. Supreme Court ruling in the Texas case had to do with Catholic bishops' private discussions about abortion.
"Texas had a law that fetal remains had to be buried or cremated, and Whole Woman's Health filed suit against that. Where the bishops came into play is that they were going to help cover the cost of these burials or cremation so that it would remove that undue burden for a woman trying to get an abortion, and so in retaliation, Whole Woman's Health then sues the bishops" says Appleman.
"It's just a complete disrespect for human dignity … not wanting to properly bury or cremate the fetuses, but also to retaliate against a group who is trying to minister to these women is continuing to underscore their disreputable and irresponsible character," the pro-lifer submits.
If the WWHA is retaliating and attacking organizations that are helping women in that community, then she wonders what they would do in South Bend.