Pro-life group sues IDOH over public records access

The Indiana Department of Health (IDOH) announced in December 2023 that it would no longer provide terminated pregnancy reports (TPRs) to the public despite these reports being public record since the 1970s. Voices for Life, a pro-life organization headquartered in South Bend, Indiana, filed a lawsuit in Marion County against IDOH for violating Indiana’s Access to Public Record Act on Tuesday.

Melanie Lyon, Executive Director of Voices for Life

On April 25th, Attorney General Todd Rokita issued an advisory opinion condemning IDOH for hiding these reports arguing in his press conference that without access to these records, “there is no effective way to enforce our [new] pro-life law.”

Voices for Life has requested and reviewed these reports since 2022. Their enforcement team has submitted complaints about 701 cases of apparent illegal activity gleaned from these reports.

Ben Horvath, special counsel for the Thomas More Society

“Access to these public reports is crucial for protecting vulnerable Hoosier women and children,” Voices for Life Executive Director, Melanie Garcia Lyon said. “The Indiana abortion industry has a long history of health and safety violations from Ulrich Klopfer hoarding fetal remains in his garage to Caitlin Bernard violating the privacy rights of a minor. We are suing for access to these reports to continue holding dangerous abortionists accountable for violating State law.”

Voices for Life is represented in this litigation by the Thomas More Society, a national public interest law firm defending life, family, and freedom.

“All Indiana citizens should be concerned about a public agency restricting citizen access to such vital information,” said Benjamin Horvath, special counsel to the Thomas More Society. “We are pursuing legal action to ensure Voices for Life can fulfill its mission, and also more generally to ensure transparency in state government.”

A copy of the complaint can be found below.

This article originated from a press release from Voices for Life. Photos are also courtesy of Voices for Life

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