Democrats and pro-abortion advocates were infuriated when the Supreme Court in late June issued its Dobbs decision that overruled the 1973 federal abortion rights precedent set by Roe v. Wade and returned the authority to regulate abortions back to the individual states.
There continues to be great fury among many on the left, particularly in Indiana after Chief Justice John Roberts essentially gave the state the go-ahead to finally begin enforcing a blocked 2017 law that requires parental notification before minors can receive an abortion, the Conservative Brief reported.
Roberts, in response to a request from Indiana, issued a brief order to the Seventh Circuit Court of Appeals a couple of weeks ago to immediately reconsider the stay it had previously imposed on the state’s parental notification law due to, at the time of that prior ruling, the constraints that were in place because of Roe v. Wade.
Indiana requested an expedited timeline
CNN reported on July 14 that Indiana specifically asked the Supreme Court to speed up the process by which it formally transmitted its Dobbs decision to the circuit courts in order for the parental notification law to be able to go into immediate effect.
That typically would not have occurred until at least July 25, and even though the Seventh Circuit Court knew that it was expected to reconsider its prior rulings on abortion in light of the new Dobbs precedent, it refused to do so until that transmittal was official.
Hence, the emergency petition for the high court to speed up the process to spur along the lower courts, and as Indiana Solicitor General Thomas Fisher said, “Immediate transmittal of this Court’s judgment is necessary to avoid inflicting further irreparable harm to the State of Indiana.”
CNN noted that due to the distribution of jurisdiction over circuit courts among the Supreme Court jurists, Justice Amy Coney Barrett, who presides over the Seventh Circuit, received the application filed by Indiana.
However, since Barrett had previously been sitting on the Seventh Circuit while the case in question was pending, it was likely that the request would be passed along for another justice to handle.
Roberts issued the order
Just days later, NBC News reported on July 18 that Chief Justice Roberts was the one who ultimately granted Indiana’s request for an expedited transmittal of the Dobbs judgment to the Seventh Circuit, which had the effect of immediately lifting the stay and allowing the state to begin enforcing its 2017 parental notification law.
Roberts apparently agreed with the argument for an expedited process, as the court filing had stressed, “Delay would only serve to prevent enforcement of a duly enacted state statute designed to protect minors, families, and the unborn.”
As for Indiana’s parental notification law itself, NBC noted that it “requires patients under 18 years old to notify a parent or guardian to get an abortion, unless a patient gets authority from a juvenile court that it would be in the minor’s best interests to get the procedure without parental notification.”
This is good news, and though Indiana’s request and Roberts’ order only shaved off about a week of time before the blocked law would otherwise likely have gone into effect, that week’s worth of time potentially saved an unknown number of unborn human lives that might have been terminated in the absence of the legal maneuvering.