An Indiana law requiring burial or cremation of fetal remains following an abortion was upheld in the Supreme Court today. However other parts of the law which banned abortions based on sex, race or disability were not considered by the justices.
Justice Clarence Thomas wrote, “The court will soon need to confront the constitutionality of laws like Indiana’s. Enshrining a constitutional right to an abortion based solely on the race, sex or disability of an unborn child, as Planned Parenthood advocates, would constitutionalize the views of the 20th-century eugenics movement.”
Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg was quick to snap back at Thomas with her dissent.
“(A) woman who exercises her constitutionally protected right to terminate a pregnancy is not a ‘mother,’” said Ginsburg. “The cost of, and trauma potentially induced by, a post-procedure requirement may well constitute an undue burden.,” she added.
Vice President Mike Pence, who signed the Indiana bill into law when he was governor of the state, tweeted that he was “proud to sign a law that requires remains to aborted babies to 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!”
Today, Justice Thomas wrote: SCOTUS has been zealous in the past in barring discrimination based on sex, race, & disability. Hopeful someday soon SCOTUS will recognize the same protections for the unborn when they rule on future appeals of pro-life legislation.
— Vice President Mike Pence (@VP) May 28, 2019