Supreme Court upholds Indiana’s abortion burial requirements
by Rachel Lynn Aldrich
Posted 5/28/19, 12:27 pm
The U.S. Supreme Court on Tuesday upheld an Indiana law requiring abortion providers to treat aborted babies’ bodies in the same way as other human remains. The court in the 7-2 ruling said Indiana can require providers to either bury or cremate the bodies, reversing a federal appeals court ruling. In the majority opinion, Justice Clarence Thomas wrote that the Indiana provision promotes “a state’s compelling interest in preventing abortion from becoming a tool of modern-day eugenics.” Justices Ruth Bader Ginsburg and Sonia Sotomayor dissented.
The court declined to hear the state’s appeal of a lower court block on a provision that protects unborn babies from abortions based on race, gender, or disability. The justices indicated their decision “expresses no view on the merits.”
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