Today, Americans United for Life filed a “friend of the court” brief on behalf of AUL and Charlotte Lozier Institute in Commissioner of the Indiana State Department of Health v. Planned Parenthood of Indiana and Kentucky, asking the U.S. Supreme Court to decide whether the Constitution prohibits states from requiring the humane and dignified disposition of human fetal remains. The case is an appeal from the Seventh Circuit, which found that Indiana’s fetal disposition provision was unconstitutional because it was not rationally related to a legitimate state interest. As AUL’s brief explains, human fetuses are human beings, and as such, it was rational for Indiana to require the humane and dignified disposition of human fetal remains, especially in light of reports of an Indiana waste company dumping human fetal remains in landfills. Without intervention by the Supreme Court, states like Indiana will be unable to prevent the inhumane disposition of human fetal remains.
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