Hill Appeals Federal Judge’s Ruling on South Bend Abortion Facility

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INDIANAPOLIS – Yesterday, Indiana Attorney General Curtis Hill filed an appeal to federal judge Sarah Evans Barker’s May 31 ruling that allows Whole Woman’s Health Alliance (WWHA) to begin doing abortions in South Bend.

“We extend our heartfelt thanks to Attorney General Hill for defending the unborn and their mothers,” said Mike Fichter, President and CEO of Indiana Right to Life. “If WWHA starts doing abortions without a license, women will be at risk in South Bend. We’re grateful to Attorney General Hill for standing up to this activist court ruling.”

Hill stated, “Criminal and civil penalties can only punish violations of the law after they occur. Licensing makes violations less likely to happen in the first place. This is precisely why states have licensed the legal and medical professions since the mid-19th century. Requiring abortion clinics to be licensed facilities is entirely reasonable and constitutional. For that matter, it’s the very least we should do to protect the health of women and unborn children.”

Read Indiana Right to Life’s statement on Evan Barker’s May 31 ruling.  

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.

Judge Sides with South Bend Abortion Operators, Puts Women at Risk

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INDIANAPOLIS –  On May 31, Whole Woman’s Health Alliance (WWHA) won an injunction from a federal judge allowing it to begin doing abortions in South Bend without a state license. Indiana Right to Life urges the state to appeal the injunction.

“Judge Barker’s decision to side with the abortion operators will put Hoosier women at risk and lead to the deaths of hundreds of unborn children,” said Mike Fichter, President and CEO of Indiana Right to Life. “We expect WWHA will now open without an abortion license, meaning Hoosiers have no way to know if they are complying with health and safety rules or not. Judge Barker’s decision is another example of a court trampling states’ rights when it comes to any measure that protects life. “

On Apr. 22, Senior Judge Sarah Evans Barker of the U.S. District Court for the Southern District of Indiana heard arguments from the Texas-based abortion chain, Whole Woman’s Health Alliance.

In a letter, the state of Indiana’s initial denial of an abortion license for WWHA said, “Based upon the Department’s review, the Commissioner finds WWHA failed to meet the requirement that the Applicant is of reputable and responsible character and the supporting documentation provided inaccurate statements and information.”
 

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.
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