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Indiana Senate Committee Advances Bill to Strengthen Parental Rights When a Minor Seeks an Abortion

February 22, 2017

Senate Bill 404 Passed the Indiana Senate Judiciary Committee, 6-4

INDIANAPOLIS – Today the Indiana Senate Judiciary Committee heard testimony on and passed Senate Bill (SB) 404 by a vote of 6-4. SB 404 strengthens current Indiana law regarding parental rights when a minor daughter seeks an abortion. Authored by Sen. Erin Houchin (District 47), this bill will require abortion providers to obtain proof of consent from a parent or legal guardian when a minor daughter gets an abortion. This bill gives parents and legal guardians a civil recourse if someone fraudulently poses as a parent in order for a minor girl to get an abortion. It also gives parents notice if their daughter seeks a judicial bypass hearing in order to get an abortion without their consent.

SB 404 also changes the requirement to report underage abortions to the Indiana State Department of Health and Indiana Department of Child Services from the current law of “less than 14 years of age” to minor girls “less than 16 years of age.” Finally, it provides women information and help if they are being coerced into an abortion or sexually trafficked.

“Senate Bill 404 strengthens parental consent provisions already on the books if their minor daughter seeks an abortion,” said Sue Swayze Liebel, Vice President of Public Affairs for Indiana Right to Life. “Parents and legal guardians have a right to be involved in major decisions affecting their child’s health and future. Today committee members also heard emotional testimony about a lack of recourse for parents if they discover another adult helped their minor daughter obtain an abortion. SB 404 does not prohibit trusted adults from sharing information about abortion, parenting or adoption. Rather, it ensures parents are involved in the life-changing decision when their minor daughter seeks an abortion.”

Voting for SB 404 were Senators Rodric Bray (District 37), Michael Young (District 35), Michael Delph (District 29), Aaron Freeman (District 32), Eric Koch (District 44) and Joseph Zakas (District 11). Voting against SB 404 were Senators Susan Glick (District 13), Lonnie Randolph (District 2), Timothy Lanane (District 25) and Greg Taylor (Distict 33).

SB 404 is now eligible for second reading in the Indiana Senate.

Sen. Houchin testifying on SB 404

Sen. Houchin testifying on SB 404

Indiana Right to Life’s mission is to protect the right to life, especially of unborn children, through positive education, compassionate advocacy and promotion of healthy alternatives to abortion.

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ACTIVISM ALERT: Tell Your Rep to Vote YES on Abortion Pill Reversal Bill

February 21, 2017

Babies in Indiana are alive today because of chemical abortion reversal! House Bill 1128 gives women abortion pill reversal information. If a woman changes her mind shortly after taking the first abortion pill, it might not be too late to save her baby. But most women don’t know this information.

Take action TODAY and tell your Indiana representative to vote YES on HB 1128. Making the call is easy! A child’s life and a woman’s future might depend on your call! We need HB 1128 to pass the House as-is!

Visit this link now to contact your representative: http://p2a.co/CjyTqI1

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More about HB 1128: Authored by Rep. Ron Bacon (IN-75), HB 1128 increases informed consent for women seeking a chemical abortion in Indiana by notifying them that this type of abortion procedure may be able to be reversed or stopped. Amendments to HB 1128 also make minor changes to the state’s termination of pregnancy report, strengthen health and safety standards at abortion facilities and work to help women being sexually trafficked.

In committee, Indiana House members heard from two Indiana doctors, Casey Reising, M.D. of Indianapolis and Christina Francis, M.D. of Fort Wayne. Both have helped women go on to deliver healthy babies after they regretted taking the first pill in the chemical abortion process. Committee members also heard from an Indiana woman who participated in the abortion pill reversal process after regretting her decision to abort. She now has a healthy son.

Anyone who has taken the first abortion pill and wishes to stop the abortion is urged to immediately visit www.abortionpillreversal.com or call the Abortion Pill Reversal hotline at 877-558-0333.

 

Pro-Life Indiana U.S. Reps. Pass Measure to Overturn Obama Abortion Funding Rule

February 16, 2017

Measure Overturns Obama Rule Forcing States to Fund Abortion Providers

 

WASHINGTON – Today, the U.S. House of Representatives passed a measure, 230-188, that overturns an Obama administration rule forcing states to fund abortion providers with taxpayer dollars. Indiana’s seven pro-life U.S. representatives voted to advance the measure and protect taxpayers – Reps. Jackie Walorski (IN-2), Jim Banks (IN-3), Todd Rokita (IN-2), Susan Brooks (IN-5), Luke Messer (IN-6), Larry Bucshon (IN-8) and Trey Hollingsworth (IN-9).

“States should not be forced to fund the abortion industry against their will,” said Mike Fichter, President and CEO of Indiana Right to Life. “We thank the seven Indiana representatives who agree with the majority of their constituents that taxpayer dollars should not flow to abortion businesses like Planned Parenthood.”

H.J. Res. 43 is now eligible for a vote in the U.S. Senate. Indiana Right to Life previously spoke in favor of an identical measure, H.J. Res. 39, sponsored by Indiana representative, Luke Messer, and cosponsored by 140 of his colleagues.
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Indiana Right to Life’s mission is to protect the right to life, especially of unborn children, through positive education, compassionate advocacy and promotion of healthy alternatives to abortion.

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Chemical Abortion Reversal Information Bill Headed to Indiana House

February 15, 2017

Indiana House Public Policy Committee Passed House Bill 1128 by a Vote of 7-6 Today

 

INDIANAPOLIS – Today, the Indiana House Public Policy Committee voted 7-6 to advance House Bill (HB) 1128 out of committee. Authored by Rep. Ron Bacon (IN-75), HB 1128 increases informed consent for women seeking a chemical abortion in Indiana by notifying them that this type of abortion procedure may be able to be reversed or stopped.

Public Policy Committee Chairman Ben Smaltz (IN-52) oversaw the amendment process, resulting in additional changes to HB 1128. Amendments adopted today make minor changes to the state’s termination of pregnancy report, strengthen health and safety standards at abortion facilities and work to help women being sexually trafficked.

“Pro-life advocates are pleased that the House Public Policy Committee voted to increase informed consent for Hoosier women,” said Indiana Right to Life’s Vice President of Public Affairs Sue Swayze-Liebel. “If women are to be truly informed, then if makes sense to notify them that chemical abortions may be able to be reversed if they change their mind shortly after taking the first abortion pill. We urge Hoosiers to contact their representative and urge passage in the full House of HB 1128 on chemical abortion reversal information.”

Last week, committee members heard testimony related to chemical abortion reversal from more than 10 individuals on both sides of the issue. Testifying to the medical science and the success of using an abortion pill reversal protocol were two Indiana doctors, Casey Reising, M.D. of Indianapolis and Christina Francis, M.D. of Fort Wayne. Both have helped women go on to deliver healthy babies after they regretted taking the first pill in the chemical abortion process. Committee members also heard from a woman who participated in the abortion pill reversal process after regretting her decision to abort. She now has a healthy son.

Voting in favor of advancing HB 1128 on chemical abortion reversal information were Reps. Ben Smaltz, Timothy Wesco (IN-21), Todd Huston (IN-37), Chris Judy (IN-83), Matthew Lehman (IN-79), Jim Lucas (IN-69) and Peggy Mayfield (IN-60). Voting against the bill were Reps. Edward Clere (IN-72), Sean Eberhart (IN-57), Phil GiaQuinta (IN-80), Terri Jo Austin (IN-36), Charlie Brown (IN-3) and Vanessa Summers (IN-99).

Anyone who has taken the first abortion pill and wishes to stop the abortion is urged to immediately visit www.abortionpillreversal.com or call the Abortion Pill Reversal hotline at 877-558-0333.

HB 1128 Hearing on Feb. 7

HB 1128 Hearing on Feb. 7

Indiana Right to Life’s mission is to protect the right to life, especially of unborn children, through positive education, compassionate advocacy and promotion of healthy alternatives to abortion.

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Exciting Update on Promoting Life in the Wabash Valley

February 10, 2017

Editor’s Note: We love sharing the good work of pro-life advocates in communities around Indiana. The blog below is from Ann L. Coker, secretary of Wabash Valley Right to Life. Read it and be encouraged by the good work pregnancy resource centers do. Also, consider how amazing it is that college students are finding help at a pregnancy resource center rather than a Planned Parenthood facility, whose business model is built on abortions. Finally, congrats to Sharon Carey, executive director of the Crisis Pregnancy Center of the Wabash Valley, who has dedicated much of her life to helping her neighbors.

Exciting Update on Promoting Life in the Wabash Valley

By Ann L. Coker, secretary of Wabash Valley Right to Life

CPC Executive Director Sharon Carey received the 2016 Respect for Life award from Paul Cooper, vice chairman of WVRTL, as he held the plaque of all recipients

CPC Executive Director Sharon Carey received the 2016 Respect for Life award from Paul Cooper, vice chairman of WVRTL, as he held the plaque of all recipients

Since 2008, Wabash Valley Right to Life (WVRTL), based in Terre Haute, has presented a Respect for Life award to a person nominated by someone in the community. At their annual Benefit Dinner held on January 26 at O’Shaughnessy Hall, St. Mary-of-the-Woods College, WVRTL presented the 2016 Thomas J. Marzen Respect for Life award to Sharon Carey, Executive Director of the Crisis Pregnancy Center of the Wabash Valley (CPC of WV). Criteria for receiving this award includes being dedicated to the sanctity of human life, longevity of service and having a servant attitude within a pro-life organization, faithfulness to the promised tasks related to pro-life work, and going the extra mile in the current year of recognition and involvement in additional services in the community.

Sharon Carey has served at the CPC of WV in many different capacities since being hired in May of 1990. She has held her current position as executive director since 2001.

When Carey first learned she had been nominated for the WVRTL Respect for Life award, she thought of those the award represented – all individuals who work so hard for the CPC to make an impact on the community. She said, “Simultaneously I thought of the great opportunity to take this special award and give it to my Lord. He loves this community and it’s evident in how He’s provided our new location to meet the needs of the community.”

The most significant accomplishment of the CPC of WV happened in 2015 when it moved from the center on Poplar Street and into a new facility on Wabash Avenue, the largest free standing pregnancy center in the nation. This new CPC is a 7000-square-foot, state-of-the-art facility.

“The whole community has been behind this project,” stated Carey. The CPC has received a great outpouring of support from the community, especially with finances. The new facility, built debt free, cost a little less than $2 million and every bit came from local support. Money came from individuals, churches, local grants, and from businesses. Comments included: “We’ve seen the CPC work in our community and know that it makes our community better.”

During the six-year period of decision making and preparing for this move, Carey asked, “Are we hearing God’s voice?” The questions mounted: Where to build, how large, how to finance it? God moved in unexpected ways. Carey, staff, and board had to depend on God more and more. “God didn’t need me. I was only along for the ride,” Carey stated.

The board and staff chose this particular location because of it accessibility to college students, both female and male. Since moving to the new building the client load has significantly increased, offering more medical services beyond the standard ultrasound to various STD testing and pap smears as directed by a doctor. Hence, the medical staff has also grown.

2016 was a landmark year for the pro-life movement in Terre Haute. CPC had its first full year of operation at the new location. Planned Parenthood also closed its doors. According to CEO Betty Cockrum of Planned Parenthood of Indiana and Kentucky, the Planned Parenthood center of Terre Haute was operating in the red. From 2005–2015 Planned Parenthood had a 62 percent decline in appointments while the CPC of WV had a 57 percent increase. After Planned Parenthood closed, CPC of WV’s August statistics showed a 75 percent increase in STD screening for college students and 167 percent increase in sonograms. This resulted in many abortion-vulnerable clients carrying their babies. These increases in medical services moved the CPC to expand its 2017 medical budget to $14,000, providing 244 nursing hours and a projected 660 medical tests.

The CPC of WV presented this appeal at the January 2017 WVRTL Benefit Dinner. Guests donated generously to this and two other appeals. Attendance was good and donations the best ever. Event speaker Mike Spencer from Life Training Institute gave a passionate message about the worth of the human person: “Who Counts as One of Us?”

Crisis Pregnancy Center of the Wabash Valley, Terre Haute location. Photo courtesy of CPC of WV.

Crisis Pregnancy Center of the Wabash Valley, Terre Haute location. Photo courtesy of CPC of WV.

Sharon Carey emphasized that the CPC of WV is here to meet needs, to help with life choices – the clients’ sexuality as well as pregnancy issues. Expanded services have opened opportunities for the CPC of WV to give help and hope where it’s needed. For example, a negative pregnancy test might give a client a false sense of security. Peer-counselors talk with clients about their struggles of being sexually active. The discovery of an STD is a critical moment in life. They have to face the prospect of change and will often listen and adapt to a lifestyle adjustment.

The compassion ministries of the CPC of WV also add to community outreach. Creating Positive Relationships (CPR) reaches five to six thousand middle and high school students in Vigo and surrounding counties with the advantages of abstinence. For the support of new moms and dads, programs include Encouraging Parents Together (EPT), Earn While You Learn (EWYL), and 24/7 Dads. There’s even a prison ministry called Inside/Out Dads.

The Wabash Valley Right to Life is proud to add Sharon Carey to the list of others who have received the Thomas J. Marzen Respect for Life award: Thomas J. Marzen (memorial), Msg. Lawrence Moran, Ron Curtis (founder of the CPC of WV), Cecelia Lundstrom, Donna Brinkley, Susan Graham, Rick Mascari, and Evelyn Ring.

Learn more about Wabash Valley Right to Life at www.wvrtl.com and the Crisis Pregnancy Center of the Wabash Valley, with locations in Terre Haute and Brazil, at www.wabashvalleypregnancy.com.

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