Columbus — In reaction to today’s US Supreme Court ruling, NARAL Pro-Choice Ohio Executive Director Kellie Copeland said: “Fetal tissue disposal restrictions are medically unnecessary schemes by politicians to try to close clinics. It is disappointing that the Court failed to recognize that anti-choice lawmakers in Indiana are using biological tissue handling procedures as part of a scheme to block access to abortion care. This decision does not change the public health implications of how this tissue is handled.”

The decision from the US Supreme Court regarding the case in the Seventh Circuit does not directly affect Ohio, which is in the Sixth Circuit.

Copeland continuedL “We are pleased that the other parts of Indiana’s law that banned access to abortion based on the reason a woman chooses to have the procedure were struck down and will not go into effect. A person should be able to access affordable abortion care in their community without judgement or delay.”

The U.S. Supreme Court issued a mixed ruling on two Indiana abortion restrictions. The ACLU and Planned Parenthood had challenged two laws. The first banned certain abortions based on the state’s disapproval of a woman’s reason for the decision, namely it would have made it a crime to provide an abortion if the woman decided to end the pregnancy because of a fetal diagnosis, or based on the sex, race, national origin, or ancestry of the fetus. The United States Court of Appeals for the Seventh Circuit ruled that the ban was unconstitutional and today the Supreme Court declined to review that ruling.

The second law requires embryonic and fetal tissue from an abortion or miscarriage to be buried or cremated. The Seventh Circuit also held that law unconstitutional, but today in a limited ruling the Supreme Court reversed that decision. The laws were challenged by the ACLU of Indiana, the ACLU, and Planned Parenthood Federation of America on behalf of Planned Parenthood of Indiana and Kentucky.

Laws like Indiana’s are part of a nationwide strategy to stigmatize and push abortion out of reach.

  • Indiana’s laws are just a few of the more than 400 restrictions on access to abortion that anti-abortion politicians have passed since the 2010 elections.
  • As is evident by what is happening in states like Missouri, Alabama, Georgia and Ohio, the strategy is to make it impossible for a person to get an abortion if they need one. Whether through outright bans, or clinic shut down laws, or just piling restriction on top of restriction, anti-abortion politicians have a singular goal: to push abortion out of reach.

The public supports access to safe, supportive, respectful abortion care.

  • Large majorities believe that once a woman has decided to have an abortion, the experience should be supportive, affordable, and without added burdens.
  • The latest Gallup poll from October 2018 shows that 2/3 of the public does not want Roe v. Wade overturned.

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