Ruling Means Aborted Children Can No Longer Be Treated As Common Medical Waste Or Garbage
INDIANAPOLIS – The United States Supreme Court today reversed a U.S. Seventh Circuit ruling blocking Indiana law requiring the humane disposal of aborted babies. The ruling means aborted children in Indiana must now be buried or cremated, not discarded as common medical waste.
“Indiana law prohibits abortion providers from treating the bodies of aborted children as “infectious waste” and incinerating them alongside used needles, laboratory-animal carcasses, and surgical byproducts.,” wrote Justice Clarence Thomas in his concurrence. “I would have thought it could go without saying that nothing in the Constitution or any decision of this Court prevents a State from requiring abortion facilities to provide for the respectful treatment of human remains.”
In the same ruling, the Court ruled it would not hear Indiana’s appeal regarding the civil rights of unborn children based on race, sex, Down syndrome, national origin or disability.
“Although the Court declines to wade into these issues today, we cannot avoid them forever,” wrote Thomas.
Indiana Right to Life is reviewing the full ruling and will issue a statement later today.
Indiana Right to Life’s mission is to protect the right to life, especially of unborn children, through positive education, compassionate advocacy and promotion of healthy alternatives to abortion.