Published On: Sat, Sep 7th, 2019

Indiana court holds up minor’s ability to have abortion without parental notification

An appeals court in Indiana on Tuesday upheld the decision of a lower court to block a portion of a 2017 state law aimed at ensuring parents are informed when underage daughters undergo abortions.

That ruling was issued in a 2-1 vote.

Under Indiana law, teens must get parental consent when undergoing abortions, however, teens can petition a judge for a “judicial bypass.”

In 2017, Governor Eric Holcomb signed into law Senate Enrolled Act 404, which says that parents are still to be notified if the judge approves a teenage girl’s petition.

Attorney General Curtis Hill denounced the initial ruling in 2018 to block the parental notification part of the law, calling it “an attempt to give courts rather than parents the legal guardianship of children.”

Betty Cockrum, president of Planned Parenthood of Indiana and Kentucky, said in 2018 of the first ruling that it was a win for “young women here in Indiana who are already dealing with an incredibly difficult situation.”

Live Action writes that “While some teenage girls may be engaging in sex with their same age boyfriends, some are being abused by older men. Some are being abused by coaches, teachers, or family members. When girls become pregnant, Planned Parenthood is required by law to report it. Yet even when girls have informed Planned Parenthood staff that they were being raped, Planned Parenthood did nothing about it. They have instead taken the money for the abortions and sent girls back to their abusers.”


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