Currently, abortion clinics located in Indiana that operate strictly on chemical based abortions do not require either a license or regular inspection. According to an article recently completed by Life News, a certain law would require chemical abortion facilities to meet the same requirements as surgical abortion facilities. Specifically, the law would work to improve requirements in such areas as reporting standards, physician oversight, cleanliness standards and building accessibility. Among these issues, there are also concerns about failed chemical based abortions. When the abortion is incomplete, patients experience uncontrollable bleeding, infection or other potential side effects of the abortion drug. The licensing requirements will establish that chemical abortion facilities maintain an environment appropriate for dealing with these conditions.
However, the article declared that Jane Magnus-Stinson, a federal judge, ruled against the proposed law in favor of Planned Parenthood. The judge decided that the previously passed 2013 law unconstitutionally regards the definition of abortion. In addition, the ruling claims that the law violates the Equal Protection Clause of the Constitution.
In response to the ruling, Mike Fichter, President and CEO of Indiana Right to Life, spoke out to voice his opinions on the matter. He was ultimately unsurprised at the results of the proceedings, particularly when they were issued at the hands of what Fichter acknowledges as a judge appointed by arguably the biggest pro-choice president to occupy the White House in quite a long time. In addition to this, Planned Parenthood continues to be the largest abortion business in the nation and in Indiana. Despite its success, Fichter doesn’t believe that this is all out of the organization’s kindness; he believes their standing out against the law shows that their priorities lie strictly with their bottom line, not the health and safety of women. However, Fichter does believe there’s a silver lining to the ordeal; the process indicates to him that he, and many other legislatives, should see this as an indication that any law can be passed, if only with a few instances of rewording prior to the next legislative session.