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Indiana Attorney General Curtis Hill went on CNN with Alisyn Camerota to discuss the Indiana General Assembly’s vote to ban abortions for eugenics reasons – parents choosing to kill their preborn children because of race, sex or disability – which was recently overturned by the Supreme Court.

Part of the law – requiring respectful burial or disposal of remains from aborted fetuses – was upheld and was not part of the discussion on CNN. Instead, Camerota focused on the other part.

“Where I want to focus is on the first part that we just described,” she said to begin the interview. “Where Indiana had tried to block women from getting abortions if it were based on a disability. And I’m just curious about that one: why … why would you want a family to have a child with a severe disability?”

“The issue the General Assembly faced was not with regard to the question you posed,” Hill said. “It’s the question of the rights and consideration of the unborn child in terms of discriminatory actions of eliminating that opportunity at life. Making a decision based solely on race or disability certainly is a discriminatory practice. And no decision in terms of whether or not to have a child should be based on that solely.”

“But that confuses me because, as you know, there are lots of terminations of pregnancies based on the fact there are severe abnormalities of a fetus,” Camerota said. “And so why would you take away that choice from the family?”

“It’s not a matter or taking away that choice,” Hill said. “It’s a matter of making the decision solely on the basis of not wanting a child because the child doesn’t have a particular characteristic. We certainly have examples every day of children who appear to have disabilities or concerns or problems, pre-natal, that are born and live very productive lives and parents who support those children. So it’s a matter of whether or not it’s appropriate to use that as a sole basis.”


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