Washington, DC — The Supreme Court today allowed an Indiana abortion restriction related to the treatment of tissue to take effect. The restriction has nothing to do with medical care, and is intended to shame and stigmatize women and families. Today’s Supreme Court order leaves in place an injunction blocking another portion of the same law from taking effect.
Both provisions were signed into law by Vice President Mike Pence when he was governor of Indiana. The provisions were challenged by Planned Parenthood of Indiana and Kentucky (PPINK). The plaintiffs are represented by attorneys from the ACLU of Indiana, the ACLU and Planned Parenthood Federation of America.
Statement of Helene Krasnoff, Vice President for Public Policy Litigation & Law, Planned Parenthood Federation of America:
“We are disappointed by the Supreme Court’s decision to uphold portions of this harmful Indiana law aimed only at stigmatizing and shaming patients when they seek basic health care. Abortion is a safe and legal medical procedure and should be treated no differently than any other. Planned Parenthood will continue to do everything we can to ensure every person can continue accessing safe, legal abortion — no matter what.”
Statement of Chris Charbonneau, CEO at Planned Parenthood of Indiana and Kentucky:
“The anti-reproductive health politicians who created these laws to shame patients have no place in the exam room. Planned Parenthood remains vigilant in working to stop the unprecedented rollback of reproductive rights and freedom. Nearly 40,000 patients relied on Planned Parenthood in Indiana last year to provide a full range of reproductive health care, including safe and legal abortion care. While elected officials attempt to score political points by putting the health of Hoosiers in danger, we’ll continue fighting for the rights of our patients and their ability to seek lifesaving care without fear or judgment.”