GOP strengthens its national platform on the sanctity of life at 2012 convention, affirms a fundamental right to life

August 29, 2012

The following is the official language adopted  by the GOP as the 2012 Republican Platform on the Sanctity of Life:

Faithful to the “self-evident” truths enshrined in the Declaration of Independence, we assert the sanctity of human life and affirm that the unborn child has a fundamental individual right to life which cannot be infringed. We support a human life amendment to the Constitution and endorse legislation to make clear that the Fourteenth Amendment’s protections apply to unborn children. We oppose using public revenues to promote or perform abortion or fund organizations which perform or advocate it and will not fund or subsidize health care which includes abortion coverage. We support the appointment of judges who respect traditional family values and the sanctity of innocent human life. We oppose the non-consensual withholding or withdrawal of care or treatment, including food and water, from people with disabilities, including newborns, as well as the elderly and infirm, just as we oppose active and passive euthanasia and assisted suicide.

Republican leadership has led the effort to prohibit the barbaric practice of partial-birth abortion and permitted States to extend health care coverage to children before birth. We urge Congress to strengthen the Born Alive Infant Protection Act by enacting appropriate civil and criminal penalties on healthcare providers who fail to provide treatment and care to an infant who survives an abortion, including early induction delivery where the death of the infant is intended. We call for legislation to ban sex-selective abortions – gender discrimination in its most lethal form – and to protect from abortion unborn children who are capable of feeling pain; and we applaud U.S. House Republicans for leading the effort to protect the lives of pain-capable unborn children in the District of Columbia. We call for a ban on the use of body parts from aborted fetuses for research. We support and applaud adult stem cell research to develop lifesaving therapies, and we oppose the killing of embryos for their stem cells. We oppose federal funding of embryonic stem cell research.

We also salute the many States that have passed laws for informed consent, mandatory waiting periods prior to an abortion, and health-protective clinic regulation. We seek to protect young girls from exploitation through a parental consent requirement; and we affirm our moral obligation to assist, rather than penalize, women challenged by an unplanned pregnancy. We salute those who provide them with counseling and adoption alternatives and empower them to choose life, and we take comfort in the tremendous increase in adoptions that has followed Republican legislative initiatives.

Former press secretary for Rep. Michele Bachmann named new IRTL Communications Director

August 27, 2012

Indianapolis – Indiana Right to Life is pleased to announce the hire of Becky Rogness as Communications Director. Rogness comes to Indiana Right to Life from Washington, D.C. where she ran Representative Michele Bachmann’s (MN-6) press shop on Capitol Hill. Rogness will manage Indiana Right to Life’s public relations and new media initiatives.

“We welcome Becky to Indiana and are pleased she will be able to apply her years of experience in our nation’s capital to our statewide pro-life efforts,” said Mike Fichter, President and CEO of Indiana Right to Life. “As life continues to come under attack, including through the President’s own health care law, we believe Becky is the right person to ensure our message of protecting life is shared with all Hoosiers.”

“I’m thrilled to join the staff of the Indiana Right to Life,” said Rogness. “It’s a privilege to be a voice for the voiceless. I look forward to protecting and promoting the sanctity of life through the communication efforts of Indiana Right to Life.”

Rogness officially begins on Monday, August 27, but will be spending the week in Tampa, Fla. at the Republican National Convention. You can follow her tweets at @beckyrogness.

Rogness graduated magna cum laude from Bethany Lutheran College in Mankato, Minn. in 2008 with a Bachelor of Arts in Communication. She is currently working towards her Master of Arts in Communication from Johns Hopkins University in Washington, D.C. In addition to serving as Press Secretary for Bachmann, Rogness’ other communication roles include Press Assistant for the 2008 Republican National Convention, intern at Fox News Channel in New York City in 2007 and her current role as Communications Manager for Allen County Right to Life.

Indiana Right to Life is a not-for-profit organization dedicated to restoring and protecting the Sanctity of Life. It seeks to educate the public on the issues of abortion, infanticide and euthanasia and to move our culture back to a respect for life. We are a state-level affiliate of the National Right to Life Committee.

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Blog from President and CEO Mike Fichter: Komen, Planned Parenthood, and a few simple truths about a fall from grace

August 10, 2012

So now the next shoe has dropped in the Komen Race for the Cure – Planned Parenthood funding debacle, this time in the form of Komen president Liz Thompson announcing her resignation and founder Nancy Brinker relinquishing her chief executive role.  Not surprisingly, the Associated Press and others have been quick to create a filter for this latest shakeup that continues to portray Planned Parenthood as the temporarily jilted bride whose purity remains yet offended.  In the AP script, Komen attendance and funding continues to slide as a result of the American public’s angry backlash against the breast cancer research foundation for having the audacity to announce its intent to end grants to Planned Parenthood.  Komen, as the script suggests, has yet to sufficiently atone for its sin.

Nice script if you’re into fiction, but it’s a million miles away from what’s really going on here.  Here are a few simple truths Komen, Planned Parenthood, and a public fall from grace.

Truth #1: Komen numbers are suffering because everyday people, most of whom have never attended a pro-life rally or participated in a Right to Life event, are deeply offended that Komen is sending money to an unpopular organization like Planned Parenthood, an organization that is known for one thing above all else: killing unborn children.  As a result, these folks are declining to participate.  Sound simple?  It is.  There is no well-oiled boycott against Komen by pro-life groups as a whole, there are only headlines and news reports that connect the dots between Komen and Planned Parenthood in a way never before brought to light.    And although Komen may not wish to accept it, these folks will not be wooed back by staff resignations and reassignments, nor will they be fooled by AP storylines that paint Komen and Planned Parenthood as victims.  There is basic common sense in play here:  Planned Parenthood has no reason to withhold its support from Komen when Komen relented on its demands and restored its funding.  In fact, the very opposite should be true – a satisfied Planned Parenthood, if it is as popular as it claims, should be bringing a whole new influx of participants into Komen’s rank, sort of like a Komen version of the Chick-fil-A groundswell, prompted by Planned Parenthood supporters.  But the numbers are dropping, and they’re dropping hard. Than brings us to truth number two.

Truth #2: Planned Parenthood’s grassroots support is razor-thin, therefore it is completely unable to garner the numbers to carry Komen through these rough and choppy waters.  Komen wavered under  Planned Parenthood’s heavy guns of a sympathetic media and high-profile figures, but when the dust cleared away, the ground troops were exposed as a relatively small number of activists, staff, and die-hard progressives.   Indiana is case-in-point: in any given year, tens of thousands of Hoosiers attend pro-life events throughout the state, including over two thousand guests at Evansville’s annual fundraising banquet alone.  Planned Parenthood’s annual fundraiser draws several hundred people who simply can’t generate the type of numbers needed to sustain Komen’s position.  Take away the media, the federal government, the federal courts, and a handful of uber-wealthy donors, and Planned Parenthood is left as a fringe abortion business that relatively few wish to be associated with.

Truth #3: Komen relinquished the high ground.  When Komen decided to end grants for Planned Parenthood based on ongoing congressional investigation of the abortion giant, it briefly planted its flag on a highly defensible ridge.  Planned Parenthood’s failure to do a single mammogram gave further strength to its position, as did the outpouring of thanks by the pro-life community for making its decision.  But then the collapse occurred.  In one of the greatest public relations disasters in recent memory, Komen crumbled after a mere three days and relented to a media-driven mugging carried out by Planned Parenthood and its allies.  How interesting that Planned Parenthood CEO Cecile Richards is reacting to the new Komen shakeup with glowing praise for Thompson and Brinker, sort of like a prison guard thanking a victim for her cooperation after six months of interrogation in a dimly lit cell.

Truth #4:  Every victim, every survivor, and every woman at risk of breast cancer loses as a result of Planned Parenthood’s death grip on Komen.   If Planned Parenthood really cared about women’s health, it would voluntarily decline grant monies from Komen and decline to submit any additional grant proposals, simply for the sake of removing itself as the thorn that is piercing Komen to the bone.  (Let it be noted that not one single pro-life group wants money from Komen, but simply the opportunity for everyone to work for a cure for breast cancer without fear that a portion of the funds they help to raise will flow to Planned Parenthood.) But Planned Parenthood will not and cannot walk away, because the funding flap really isn’t about helping to find a cure for breast cancer, it’s about Planned Parenthood refusing to take its claws out of an organization whose attachment means more than money: it means a pipeline to a brand that Planned Parenthood desperately wants to use as a shield to hide who they really are and what they really do.  Maybe that’s the most glaring truth of all.

What’s next for Komen?  Only time will tell.  But as long as Planned Parenthood is a part of its funding mix, no staff changes, op-eds or advertising campaigns will scrub away the crimson stain of Planned Parenthood from an organization that should have finally broken the leash when it had the chance.

Indiana’s largest abortion business top contributor to new Democrat House leader in Indiana

August 1, 2012

Indianapolis, IN – Campaign finance reports posted by the Election Division of the Indiana Secretary of State’s office reveal that the political arm of Planned Parenthood, operator of four abortion clinics in Indiana, was the top contributor of campaign cash in the 2010 election cycle to Rep. Linda Lawson, the newly-elected leader of House Democrats in Indiana. According to the reports, Planned Parenthood contributed $14,500 to Lawson in 2010, making up just under half of the total contributions to her campaign.  The contributions to Lawson exceeded those made by Planned Parenthood to any other state legislative candidate in 2010.

Planned Parenthood is Indiana’s largest abortion business, generating an annual revenue stream of over $2 million from doing more than 5,000 abortions statewide.

“The choice of Rep. Lawson to lead House Democrats is a clear indication that the Democratic caucus will be under the thumb of Planned Parenthood,” states Indiana Right to Life President and CEO Mike Fichter.   “Rep. Lawson will prod the caucus to embrace a radical abortion agenda that will attempt to protect the abortion interests of Planned Parenthood.”

Fichter believes the heavy financial support for Lawson is evidence that Planned Parenthood has been working for some time to undermine former Democrat House leader Pat Bauer.  “Planned Parenthood has effectively taken control of the House Democrats,” says Fichter.

Lawson’s voting record as a member of the Indiana House includes votes against improved informed consent measures for women contemplating abortion, against the removal of state funds from businesses that do abortions, against protections for pain-capable children beginning at 20-weeks, and against state licensing and inspection standards for abortion clinics.

Lawson also voted against HB 1474 in 2011, a bill that provides that if an abortion is performed on a female who is less than 14 years of age, the physician who performed the abortion shall transmit the information form to the department and the department of child services within three days after the abortion is performed.

 

 

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