Indiana AG Hill joins 19-state effort to prohibit abortions after 20 weeks of pregnancy

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INDIANA (WEHT) – Indiana Attorney General Curtis Hill has joined a 19-state effort to defend the right of states to prohibit abortion after 20 weeks of pregnancy.

Hill says states have an interest in protecting all human life, including unborn children.

“States have a well-established interest in protecting all human life, including the lives of unborn children. Although many physicians regard 24 weeks of pregnancy as the point at which a fetus may survive outside the womb, we now have scientific research indicating that unborn children may be capable of experiencing pain weeks earlier than that. A civilized and compassionate society should protect its most vulnerable individuals from preventable pain, suffering and death.”

Hill says studies show that abortions performed after 20 weeks of pregnancy are more dangerous to the health of the expectant mothers than procedures performed at earlier stages of gestation.

Curtis Hill is one of 17 attorneys general and two governors who have joined their states in supporting North Carolina’s 20-week ban as applied to abortions both before and after the point of viability.

The brief was filed Tuesday with the 4th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals. You can read it here.

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(This story was originally published on September 5, 2019)

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