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BY: Bill McMorris
The Supreme Court declined Indiana's bid to preserve a law forbidding discrimination in abortion, but upheld a provision guaranteeing infants proper burial.
Tuesday - Court - Indiana - Bid - Law
On Tuesday, the Court rejected Indiana's bid to save a law that would forbid abortions obtained because of the race, sex, or disability of the baby. Justices, however, allowed Indiana to enforce regulations that would grant victims of abortion, stillbirth, or miscarriage to be buried, rather than discarded as medical waste. The split ruling in Box v. Planned Parenthood of Indiana and Kentucky drew mixed reaction from pro-life advocates and religious liberty organizations.
Jeanne Mancini, president of the March for Life, was disappointed that justices did not extend specific protections to vulnerable groups. She pointed to those with Down syndrome, who are aborted in about 70 percent of cases following in-utero diagnosis in America and in 90 percent of cases in Europe. She echoed Justice Clarence Thomas's dissent calling the practice a "tool of modern day eugenics."
Life - Value - Dignity - Statement - One
"Every human life has inherent value and dignity," she said in a statement. "No one deserves to lose her life just because she was born with Down syndrome or because of the color of her skin."
Despite her misgivings with that portion of the decision, she welcomed the Court's acknowledgement that the remains of aborted humans should be accorded a respectful burial. The law will ensure a "more dignified treatment of human remains following the tragedy of abortion."
Americans - United - Life - Positives - Ruling
Americans United for Life focused more on the positives of the ruling than the anti-discrimination portion. The group's attorney Rachel Morrison said in a release that she was delighted the Court had looked favorably on the humanity of the unborn, recognizing the distinction between fetal remains and common medical waste. Indiana took an important step to put a stop to the landfills and incinerators that...
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