Attorney General Says State Will Appeal Federal Ruling On New Abortion Law
By Mike Perleberg
Indiana Attorney General Curtis Hill
(Indianapolis, Ind.) – Indiana’s attorney general will challenge a federal judge’s ruling which halts parts of a new state law designed to require minors to get consent from their parents before having an abortion.
“Under this injunction, it’s easier for a 14-year-old to get an abortion than to get a tattoo,” Indiana Attorney General Curtis Hill stated in a Friday news release announcing his office will appear the U.S. District Court order.
The law would make it tougher for girls under age 18 to get an abortion by requiring them to receive parental consent. It was supposed to go into effect on July 1, but is now waiting for the courts to decide its constitutionality.
U.S. District Court Judge Sarah Evan Barker ordered a preliminary injunction on June 28 keeping three key provisions of the law from going into effect. Barker said in her written opinion that Indiana’s law puts too much burden on a “mature minor” to navigate what could be a troublesome relationship with their parent or legal guardian.
Hill said the court is essentially saying parents shouldn’t be involved if a minor decides to have an abortion.
“It’s ironic that the same people who would suggest that the adolescent brain doesn’t fully develop until a person is 25 would suggest that a minor – a child – has the mental capacity to go it alone through the emotionally and physically overwhelming procedure of aborting a human being. We will always support the authority of parents to know what is going on with their children and continue to defend Hoosier parents,” the attorney general said.
Hill called Barker’s ruling an attempt to give courts rather than parents the legal guardianship of children. He said minors need to go through the process of deciding to have an abortion with the support and guidance of their parents.