State Petitions U.S. Supreme Court To Hear 2017 Abortion Lawsuit

Dec 30, 2019

U.S. Supreme Court
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Attorney General Curtis Hill is asking the U.S. Supreme Court to rule on the constitutionality of a 2017 anti-abortion law.

If a girl under 18 in Indiana doesn’t or can’t get consent for an abortion from her parents, she can go to court to bypass that requirement. The 2017 state law said a judge will decide if the parents are informed of that hearing.

A federal district court blocked parts of the law from taking effect in 2017, and a three-judge panel of a federal appeals court affirmed that decision in August. The same appeals court declined the state’s petition for a rehearing, and in an opinion one judge said the U.S. Supreme Court was the “only institution that can give an authoritative answer” on the law. 

That’s why Attorney General Hill says he is asking the U.S. Supreme Court to decide on the lawsuit.

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