Pro-lifers and the Indiana General Assembly are not entirely happy with a federal judge's ruling on one of the state's pro-life laws.
Mike Fichter, a spokesman for Indiana Right to Life, explains that U.S. District Judge Richard Young has issued a ruling upholding Senate Bill 340, a measure that calls for annual inspections of abortion facilities, in what LifeNews.com calls only a partial victory for the pro-life cause, as he permanently struck down the requirement for the clinics to report abortion complications to the state.
"Planned Parenthood is the business that sued the state to block not only inspection of their abortion clinics, but [also] the reporting of all of these complications in which women are injured," Fichter relays. "How does a group that claims to be in the corner of women block that type of reporting requirement, which is meant to help women and to build statistics on how women are being injured and how it can be stopped?"
But the pro-lifer asserts that Judge Young will not have the last word, as the state's attorney general plans to "vigorously defend state laws aimed at such essential objectives" as women's health and protecting the lives of unborn children.
"Indiana Attorney General Curtis Hill has clearly indicated Indiana will appeal the complications reporting to the U.S. Seventh Circuit, where hopefully we will get a much better response," reports Fichter.
The law in question also has a provision that makes sure abortion clinics are reporting suspected abuse, regardless of who is doing the abusing, including a boyfriend, husband, parent, or trafficker.