Indiana oratory contest winner competing for national title

June 25, 2010

Elizabeth Gonzalez of Chesterton, the winner of Indiana Right to Life’s 2010 state oratory contest, will compete this weekend for the national championship in competition held in conjunction with the National Right to Life convention in Pittsburgh, PA. ” I believe every one of us was created in the image of God and we all have a purpose,” Gonzalez told the Northwest Indiana Times. “God places us on earth to honor and glorify him and I believe so far as we live, he has a purpose for our life.”

National Right to Life endorses Jackie Walorski

June 23, 2010

The National Right to Life Political Action Committee has announced their endorsement of Republican Jackie Walorski in the race for the 2nd District Congressional seat.

In the endorsement letter sent to Walorski, the National Right to Life wrote “You are a strong advocate for life. You have supported and sponsored pro-life legislation, and voted for its passage. And you oppose the use of federal funding for elective abortion. Your opponent, Joe Donnelly, voted to enact health care legislation that will provide government funding for health plans that pay for abortion on demand, and promote the rationing of lifesaving medical treatments.”

The letter concludes by saying, “Your exemplary pro-life record should earn you the support of all voters who are concerned with the right to life and with the protection of the most vulnerable members of the human family.”

Walorski accepted the endorsement and promised to continue the fight in Washington.

“The fight for life is a critically important issue and Hoosiers deserve leadership in Washington that reflects that,” said Walorski. “When Rep. Donnelly voted for the health care bill, he promised Hoosiers that federal funds would not go to pay for abortions. But since that vote groups on both sides of this issue have acknowledged that this is simply not the case.”

“I have been a frontline fighter against Planned Parenthood and the use of taxpayer dollars for abortions in Indiana and I will continue that fight in Washington.”

Walorski has also been endorsed by Indiana Right to Life PAC and the Susan B. Anthony List.

Indiana Right to Life launches Opt-Out Indiana campaign

June 18, 2010

In the wake of Louisiana becoming the fourth state to pass legislation to opt-out of abortion coverage in mandated state health care exchanges, Indiana Right to Life has announced Opt-Out Indiana, a statewide campaign to join other states in opting-out of abortion coverage in the state health exchanges required under the massive federal health care takeover passed by Congress and signed into law by President Obama.

In addition to Louisiana Governor Bobby Jindal’s expected signing of the Louisiana bill, opt-out language has been signed into law in Arizona, Mississippi, and Tennessee and is awaiting action by the governor of Missouri. Governors in Oklahoma and Florida vetoed similar opt-out bills.

Under the federal takeover of health care, states are in charge of their own state health care exchanges for individuals and small businesses. We are moving proactively to address this issue by demanding legislation that will opt-out Indiana from abortion coverage.

It won’t solve all of the awful abortion provisions found in the federal bill – things like direct abortion funding through so-called “Community Health Centers” — but it’s what pro-life Hoosiers can do at the state level to respond to the federal plan.

The online petition has been posted here

Women claim forced abortions in Scientology

June 16, 2010

The St. Peterburg Times has published a compelling article in which women involved with Scientology claim that the involvement led them to feel forced to have abortions “for the greatest good”. Read the article and watch the accompanying video

Retiring Indiana Supreme Court Justice Boehm was key in abortion rulings on taxpayer funding, waiting period

June 2, 2010

Indiana Right to Life today is reacting to the announced retirement of Indiana Supreme Court Justice Theodore Boehm with optimism that Boehm’s replacement will not agree with Boehm’s views that the Indiana Constitution embraces the right to abortion on demand as well as the right to have abortions paid for by taxpayer funds.

In his time on the Indiana Supreme Court, Boehm earned the reputation of being an activist judge on the issue of abortion through two key abortion-related rulings.

In 2003, Boehm concurred with an opinion that expanded taxpayer funding for abortions through Medicaid in Indiana, stating, “denial of benefits to indigent women for medically necessary abortions is a violation of their state constitution.” Humphreys v. Clinic for Women, 796 N.E.2d 247, 795 (Ind. 2003).

In 2005, Boehm dissented against an opinion upholding Indiana’s 18-hour waiting period before an abortion could be done, stating, “Article I, section 1 of the Indiana Bill of Rights includes the right of a woman to choose for herself whether to terminate her pregnancy.” Clinic for Women v. Brizzi, 837 N.E.2d 973, 994 (Ind. 2005).

“We believe that Justice Boehm’s judicial philosophy on abortion is deeply flawed in its interpretation of the state constitution in relation to the rights of unborn children,” states President and CEO Mike Fichter. “Indiana’s founders did not intend a state constitution that protected a supposed right to taxpayer-funded abortions.”

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