‘To put this in perspective, even our hair and nail salons and restaurants need to be licensed…’
(Kaylee McGhee, Liberty Headlines) A federal judge ruled that Indiana must allow an abortion clinic to open in South Bend, despite the clinic’s failure to meet several qualifications for a medical license from the Indiana State Department of Health.
The Whole Woman’s Health Alliance has been trying to open a South Bend clinic since 2017, but the state refused to issue a license because it failed to meet requirements of having “reputable and responsible character” and didn’t disclose “information related to additional clinics.”
Specifically, the clinic failed to meet specific state abortion regulations, including a physician-only requirement for providing abortions and a requirement that third-trimester abortions must be performed in an Ambulatory Surgery Center or hospital.
Judge Sarah Evans Barker, however, ruled against the state and called its regulations a “substantial obstacle” for women in the area seeking abortions.
“Simply put, there is unmet demand for abortions in and around South Bend which is, at this point, state-created, without any appreciable benefit to maternal health or fetal life,” Barker wrote in the ruling.
Barker’s ruling reflects a growing attitude among pro-choice fanatics that abortions should be available without any regulation whatsoever.
“It can be difficult for federal judges and federal litigators, from our comfortable vantage points, to understand how completely the everyday life of another may be outside of her control—but we must try to understand it,” Evans Barker wrote, saying that if the state’s regulations were allowed to stand, many women in northern Indiana might not have the means to travel elsewhere to get an abortion.
Jackie Appleman, executive director of St. Joseph County Right to Life, said Barker’s ruling severely undermines the state’s ability to regulate businesses in the state.
“To put this in perspective, even our hair and nail salons and restaurants need to be licensed,” Appleman said in a statement. “[Whole Woman’s Health Alliance] is known for being a hostile community member and for ignoring regulations put in place for a woman’s health and safety.”