The Trump administration has scored two decisive victories in a single day in the battle over abortion.
In one instance, on Tuesday, the Supreme Court delivered a resounding decision involving an Indiana law and current Vice President Mike Pence. The report comes via The Daily Wire, and reporter Josh Hammer.
In 2016, when serving as Indiana’s governor, Mike Pence signed an omnibus bill with multiple pro-life provisions, including one requiring the cremation or burial of fetal remains. Previously, unborn babies who died via miscarriage or abortion could be incinerated with regular medical waste.
The Seventh Circuit of the U.S. Court of Appeals blocked the law, saying it was unconstitutional. However, one judge on the Seventh Circuit panel dissented. Judge Daniel Manion said that the “fetal remains” provision should be upheld. “Under traditional rational basis review, if state action doesn’t infringe upon a fundamental right or affect a protected class, we will uphold it so long as it is rationally related to a legitimate state interest,” Judge Manion argued. “The fetal remains provision easily satisfies that extremely deferential standard.”
The ruling was appealed to the U.S. Supreme Court, and according to The Daily Wire, in an unsigned Per Curiam opinion, the High Court sided with Indiana on the “fetal remains” provision. They ruled that provision could be reinstated, with seven justices agreeing and only Ruth Bader Ginsburg and Sonia Sotomayor dissenting.
However, the Court upheld a lower court ruling that a provision in the Indiana law prohibiting abortion on the basis of sex, race, or disability is unconstitutional.
Justice Clarence Thomas wrote in the decision that the provision was needed to prevent abortion from being used to target specific races and sexes, part of the eugenics movement to eliminate “undesirables” from humanity.
“The use of abortion to achieve eugenic goals is not merely hypothetical. The foundations for legalizing abortion in America were laid during the early 20th-century birth-control movement. That movement developed alongside the American eugenics movement. And significantly, Planned Parenthood founder Margaret Sanger recognized the eugenic potential of her cause. She emphasized and embraced the notion that birth control ‘opens the way to the eugenist.'”
Vice President Pence tweeted this out in response to the decision.
As Governor of IN I was proud to sign a law that requires remains of aborted babies be treated w/dignity & respect and blocks groups like Planned Parenthood from the horrific practice of selling fetal tissue. Today’s decision by the Supreme Court was a victory for life!
— Vice President Mike Pence (@VP) May 28, 2019
Pro-Life activist group Live Action tweeted this video out on Tuesday, to remind people that Planned Parenthood targets black communities with its abortion clinics.
The abortion industry was built upon racism.
We asked Planned Parenthood if they would accept donations to specifically abort black babies.
Here was their response. pic.twitter.com/WVuMv6Znma
— Live Action (@LiveAction) May 28, 2019
The decision comes as a second pro-life victory was announced, direct from Planned Parenthood.
The nation’s largest abortion provider announced that it will likely close its last clinic in Missouri, making the state completely free of Planned Parenthood clinics.
The state of Missouri is refusing to renew Planned Parenthood’s license to operate a clinic in St. Louis.
Planned Parenthood tweeted out this message from the abortionist performing the procedure at the St. Louis clinic. Note that, contrary to the organization’s claim they they provide other health services for women, the abortionist only mentions abortion as the necessary service the clinic provides.
That is because most Planned Parenthood clinics do not provide other health services for women. They only refer them to non-PP clinics that do. Planned Parenthood’s main source of revenue is abortion services.
If Planned Parenthood's St. Louis health center cannot provide abortion care, Missouri will go dark. A message from @DrLeanaWen at the MO health center ⤵#EmergencyResponse #StopTheBans pic.twitter.com/u0wtWSd92T
— Planned Parenthood (@PPFA) May 28, 2019
The organization also announced it was suing the state of Missouri to stay open.
— Planned Parenthood (@PPFA) May 28, 2019
Planned Parenthood in Missouri is also using the situation to raise money.
Please make a donation to support this fight!
Abortion care @ Reproductive Health Services of Planned Parenthood of the STL Region: https://t.co/XNqp0A0HIr
— Planned Parenthood Advocates in Missouri (@PPMO_Advocates) May 28, 2019
The clinic could close by this Friday.
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