INDIANAPOLIS – Planned Parenthood of Indiana and Kentucky (PPINK), in partnership with the American Civil Liberties Union (ACLU) of Indiana, challenged Senate Enrolled Act (SEA) 404 today.
“If this law is allowed to go into effect, it will have a chilling effect on teenagers already dealing with a difficult situation,” said Betty Cockrum, President and CEO of PPINK. “We encourage teenagers to have open and honest conversations with their family members, but unfortunately not every teenager is in an environment where that is safe. This law seeks to stifle open and fully-informed conversation between our staff and our patients. Patients should know all options regarding their pregnancies. It is blatantly unconstitutional and is entirely without compassion for vulnerable Hoosiers.”
PPINK and the ACLU filed a complaint challenging the constitutionality of SEA 404, which was passed earlier this year and signed by Gov. Holcomb on April 25. PPINK and the ACLU are seeking a preliminary injunction to prevent some provisions in the law from going into effect on July 1.
Under SEA 404, a judge who hears a bypass request for a pregnant minor would be permitted to alert legal guardian(s) that the teenager is seeking an abortion. In addition, physicians would be responsible for verifying the legal relationship between a pregnant teenager and the adult providing consent for the abortion. Physicians treating teenagers in any other medical setting are not required to verify legal documents before providing care.