Indiana fetal remains law could boost costs for abortions

Planned Parenthood officials expect greater expenses for abortions in Indiana following a U.S. Supreme Court ruling upholding a state law requiring burial or cremation of fetal remains.

Abortion opponents cheer the court’s decision as “recognizing the dignity of unborn children” even as the justices sidestepped other provisions of the Indiana law that could’ve blocked some women from undergoing abortions because of fetal gender, race or disability.

Planned Parenthood’s Indiana CEO says the cost increase could amount to hundreds of dollars unless it finds a funeral home or cremation service willing to charge less. Chris Charbonneau says she expects other conservative state legislatures will rush to adopt what she calls “more onerous and ridiculous arrangement requirements.”

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