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Abortion news during 2018:

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2018-OCT-22: Abortion lawsuit appealed to the U.S. Supreme Court:

During the week of OCT-15, Judge Brett Kavanaugh was confirmed as a Justice of the High Court. He replaced Justice Anthony Kennedy who had resigned. It is widely believed that Justice Kavanaugh will pull the court significantly in the conservative direction on such matters as abortion access, equal rights for the LGB community, equal rights to transgender persons, whether religious liberty allows people the freedom to discriminate against others in violation of the Golden Rule, etc.

He will join with the other Justices and decide whether to accept the appeal of a case from the State of Indiana over an omnibus pro-life abortion law. HB 1337. 1 The law contains many provisions, including barring pregnant women from having an abortion based on sex, race, or disability of the embryo or fetus. It also requires abortion clinics to either bury or cremate aborted embryos or fetuses. On 2016-MAR-24, when the current Vice President, Mike Pence, was governor of Indiana, he signed the bill into law.

Planned Parenthood of Indiana and Kentucky quickly launched a lawsuit in federal court. They won in Federal District Court. Earlier in 2018, the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Seventh Circuit upheld the lower court's ruling. The lawsuit was then appealed to the U.S. Supreme Court by Indiana Attorney General Curtis Hill. 1,2 The Justices have the option of reviewing the lower court's rulings, or allowing the Federal District Court's ruling to stand.

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References used:

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  1. "Indiana Omnibus Abortion Bill (HB 1337)," Rewire News: Legislative Tracker, 2018-AUG-03, at: https://rewire.news/
  2. Brie Shea & Jessica Mason Pieklo, "Gavel Drop: SCOTUS Gets Its First Abortion Rights Petition With Kavanaugh on the Bench," Rewire News, 2018-OCT-22, at: https://rewire.news/

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