Allen County Right to Life signs lease for new office space next to Fort Wayne’s only surgical abortion center

February 24, 2011

The board of directors of Allen County Right to Life, a local affiliate of Indiana Right to Life, has announced that it has formally signed a lease for office space at 2118 Inwood Drive, located just a few feet away from Fort Wayne’s only surgical abortion center.

“The lease has been signed and we are in the process of finalizing plans for renovation and for moving into our new office,” states Allen County Right to Life Executive Director Cathie Humbarger.

Humbarger cites an increase in pro-life advocacy activity as well as a growing number of pro-life volunteers as the reason for the move.

“Many of our pro-life activities, including the 40 Days for Life campaign, occur in the Inwood Drive vicinity, and this is the logical location for our operations,” says Humbarger, who also notes that the expanding role of Allen County Right to Life and the Three Rivers Educational Trust Fund in Indiana requires more space.

The public will be invited to tour the facility when renovations are complete.

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Pence sets the record straight in face of Planned Parenthood’s misinformation campaign

February 24, 2011

Congressman Mike Pence has released the following statement to correct the misinformation campaign by abortion giant Planned Parenthood in its attack against the Pence Amendment that recently passed the U.S. House of Representatives:

“I believe that ending an innocent human life is morally wrong. I also believe it is morally wrong to take the taxpayer dollars of millions of pro-life Americans and use them to fund organizations that provide and promote abortions, like Planned Parenthood of America.

“It is for that reason that I offered an amendment to the recent Continuing Resolution that would deny any and all federal funding to Planned Parenthood for the rest of the fiscal year. It passed with bipartisan support.

“Planned Parenthood is the largest abortion provider in America. In 2008, Planned Parenthood performed 324,008 abortions, and a recently released fact sheet shows that their abortion procedures increased to a staggering 332,278 in 2009.

“According to their latest annual report, Planned Parenthood received more than $363 million in taxpayer funds, and it was the largest recipient of taxpayer funding under Title X.

“While Planned Parenthood asserts that no federal funds are used to provide or promote abortion, a woman entering a Planned Parenthood clinic in 2009 was 42 times more likely to have an abortion than to receive either prenatal care or be referred for adoption.

“Also, as recent headlines have shown, Planned Parenthood clinics have faced allegations of violating reporting laws in several states, instructing young women to lie about their age to get an abortion without their parents’ knowledge, and have been found civilly liable for failure to report statutory rape.

“Planned Parenthood clinics have also been accused of fraudulent accounting or overbilling practices and in recent weeks, undercover videos showed Planned Parenthood employees apparently willing to aid human sex traffickers by coaching them on how to falsify documents and secure secret abortions for underage prostitutes.

“Especially with this the pattern of apparent fraud and abuse, the largest abortion provider in America should not also be the largest recipient of federal tax dollars under Title X.

“After the passage of my legislation, some misconceptions have arisen that bear clarification.

“First, the Pence Amendment does not cut any funding for women’s health services under Title X. It would simply block those funds already in the bill from subsidizing America’s largest abortion provider.

“In fact, it has never been my ambition to reduce funding for Title X services. I applaud the important work done at Title X clinics, such as pregnancy diagnosis, breast cancer screening and HIV testing. I support young women getting the access to care they need and deserve. My legislation would help protect women who find themselves in crisis pregnancies by ensuring they receive access to unbiased and compassionate health services.

“Second, critics have asserted that if Planned Parenthood is denied funding there would be no other organizations available to provide these services to women in our larger cities. This too is incorrect.

“There are literally thousands of clinics across the country — other than Planned Parenthood — that receive federal funding and offer access to health care for low-income women and families.

“In Indiana, for instance, some of these clinics include: Open Door clinics in both Anderson and Muncie; Lafayette Street Clinic in Fort Wayne; Women’s Urgent Visit Center in Indianapolis, and Tri-Cap Family Health Services in Evansville. Around the country, clinics from Maine to Florida and New Mexico to Washington serve the needs of women, such as the Augusta Family Planning Clinic, the Children’s Hospital Adolescent Clinic, the Lake Worth Teen Time Clinic, Healthcare for the Homeless, and the Forks Women’s Clinic — just to name a few.

“The passage of the Pence Amendment was a victory for taxpayers and a victory for life, and I am hopeful our colleagues in the Senate will join us in ending federal funding for Planned Parenthood once and for all.”

Indiana Senate passes Senate Bill 328 to dramatically improve Indiana’s informed consent provisions

February 22, 2011

Indianapolis, IN — Indiana Right to Life is applauding the Indiana Senate’s passage today of Senate Bill 328, a bill that will dramatically improve the level of information that women must receive when considering abortion. The bill also contains a provision requiring that doctors who do abortions in Indiana maintain local hospital admitting privileges.

The bill, co-sponsored by Sen. Pat Miller, Sen. Dennis Kruse, and Sen. Jim Banks, passed by an overwhelming 39-9 margin.

Among key provisions of the bill is a requirement that informed consent information be delivered in writing and that women receive information on the risks of infection, hemorrhage, breast cancer, infertility, and the unborn child’s ability to feel pain.

The bill now moves to the Indiana House where it is expected to find strong support.

“We applaud the Indiana Senate under the leadership of Senate President Pro-Tempore David Long in moving his important legislation forward,” states Indiana Right to Life President and CEO Mike Fichter. “We are confident that many more women will choose alternatives to abortion once they receive the information required under this bill. When this bill becomes law, abortion providers will no longer be able to keep women in the dark.”

Indiana Right to Life is urging the House to take quick action in passing SB 328 now that the bill has passed the full Senate.

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Indiana Right to Life urges state legislature to deny state contracts and grants to Indiana’s largest abortion business in wake of new video, rising abortion rates

February 4, 2011

Indiana Right to Life is urging state legislators to move swiftly in passing legislation to deny state-controlled funding for Planned Parenthood of Indiana in the wake of a new undercover video released by the group Live Action in which a Planned Parenthood counselor in New Jersey appears to be accommodating a couple posing as leaders of a prostitution ring of underage girls. The new video is eerily reminiscent of undercover videos previously released by Live Action that were filmed at Indiana Planned Parenthood locations in which Planned Parenthood counselors appeared to advise a young woman who claimed to be a minor impregnated by an adult man how to avoid child sexual abuse reporting laws.

“We are concerned that this new video release may indicate a disturbing pattern within Planned Parenthood as a whole,” states President and CEO Mike Fichter. “These concerns, coupled with the fact that abortions continue to increase at Planned Parenthood of Indiana, all point to the right time for the state legislature to step up to the plate and end all state-directed funding for Indiana’s largest abortion business.”

Planned Parenthood of Indiana reported 5,580 abortions done in 2010, an increase of more than 2% in the number of chemical and surgical abortions done at its abortion clinics in 2010 as compared to its 5,452 reported abortions for 2009. The increase amounts to 128 more abortions done in 2010 as compared to 2009. The numbers are reported in Planned Parenthood’s 2010 annual report recently posted on its website.

Planned Parenthood of Indiana’s annual report reveals revenue of $15,670,306 in 2010 with $2,008,760 coming from government contracts and grants.

The Indiana legislature is currently considering House Bill 1205, introduced by Rep. Matt Ubelhor and Rep. Ron Bacon, which would deny state grants and contracts to organizations like Planned Parenthood of Indiana that operate abortion centers.

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Radio personality Peter Heck to headline Legacy for Life banquet in Kokomo

February 4, 2011

Radio personality Peter Heck , host of the Peter Heck Show, will keynote Indiana Right to Life’s
2011 Annual “Legacy of Life” Banquet on Monday, March 28, 2011, at Rozzi’s Continental Ballroom in Kokomo, Indiana. Tables for the event are $200 for eight persons with multiple sponsorship levels available. For more information including a table reservation form, click here .

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