Abortion in Indiana: Supreme Court Requires Fetal Remains to be Buried or Cremated

But in a time where members of our society continue to challenge the human-hood of an unborn child, the Supreme Court has allowed the state of Indiana to require that a terminated fetus (ripped apart limb by limb) be buried or cremated in the same way as that of a living, breathing, human.

Justices concluded Tuesday in a 7-2 vote that the state of Indiana has a “legitimate interest in the proper disposal of fetal remains” and that requiring the burial or cremation of an aborted fetus does not impose an “undue burden” on access to abortion.

The ruling, just one of the many in the heated abortion debate consuming American headlines right now, keeps abortion bans and things like a “heartbeat bill” off of the state legislator’s docket for the time being.

The 7th Circuit Court of Appeals ruled that Indiana’s ban on “selective” abortions, which was signed by then-Gov. Mike Pence in 2016 imposed an “undue burden” on women. That part of the state law remains blocked.

Although the ruling differs significantly from many of the extreme abortion restrictions making headlines across the country, anti-abortion activists say it’s a step in the right direction.

“We thank the Court for affirming today that nothing in the Constitution or precedents of the Court prohibits states from requiring that the remains of human children be treated better than medical waste,” Susan B. Anthony List, an anti-abortion advocacy group, said in a statement. “This is a straightforward issue of whether states may regulate the proper and dignified disposal of human remains.”

As several states quickly push to enact strict laws on abortion — many of which have already been overturned — experts believe that more modest restrictions like Indiana’s may have a greater chance of succeeding if challenged.

In his 20-page opinion on the decision, conservative Justice Clarence Thomas said that it is only a matter of time before SCOTUS more forcefully enters the national abortion conversation. “Although the Court declines to wade into these issues today, we cannot avoid them forever,” Thomas wrote. “Having created the constitutional right to an abortion, this court is duty-bound to address its scope.”

Tuesday’s partial ruling on the current state law is just one of the many that political analysts are looking to in identifying a clear picture of how state representatives across the country might rule in future cases that could eventually overturn Roe v. Wade.

Bri Lamm
Bri Lamm
Bri Lamm is the Editor of foreverymom.com. An outgoing introvert with a heart that beats for adventure, she lives to serve the Lord, experience the world, and eat macaroni and cheese all while capturing life’s greatest moments on one of her favorite cameras. Follow her on Facebook.

Related Posts


Recent Stories