The six-year-long legal battle over an Indiana law dealing with fetal remains finally appears to be at an end.
The U.S. Supreme Court declined to hear an appeal in a case over the constitutionality of the 2016 law.
The law, HEA 1337-2016, requires medical facilities to bury or cremate fetal remains, rather than dispose of them as medical waste. A 2016 lawsuit argued that it created an unconstitutional burden on abortion, but the U.S. Supreme Court upheld the provision in 2019.
A year later, a group of anonymous Hoosier women challenged the law from a different angle. They argued that treating fetal remains like a person (by requiring burial or cremation) went against their beliefs, violating the First Amendment.
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Monday, the Supreme Court refused to take an appeal in the case, ending the lawsuit and ensuring the burial or cremation requirement is in effect.