Indiana Right to Life Statement on Medicaid Agreement between Planned Parenthood and Indiana

July 30, 2013

INDIANAPOLIS – Indiana Right to Life President and CEO Mike Fichter released the following statement after the State of Indiana and Planned Parenthood of Indiana and Kentucky filed an agreement in federal court over the 2011 state law to prevent Planned Parenthood from receiving Medicaid funds because it provides abortions. The agreement, which still needs to be approved by a federal judge, will end the state’s legal battle to enforce the 2011 law.

“The news of this agreement is not surprising, but it is disappointing. Planned Parenthood, the state’s largest abortion provider, will continue to receive funds through the Medicaid program, effectively freeing up other monies to expand and support its abortion business. Hoosiers don’t want their hard-earned tax dollars going to an organization that ends of the lives of the unborn, and this agreement keeps the funding spigot turned on.

“Even though the Medicaid funding portion of the 2011 law does not stand, we are thankful that Planned Parenthood no longer receives federal block grants administered by the state as specified in the law and as upheld by the 7th Circuit Court. This is a small silver lining.”

Planned Parenthood of Indiana is Indiana’s largest abortion provider and does more than 5,000 abortions each year.

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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Watch: Mourdock Welcomed at Event about the Hard Cases

July 24, 2013

Richard Mourdock on stage with save the 1Last week, Indiana State Treasurer, and 2012 Republican Senate Candidate, Richard Mourdock, addressed a crowd of 200 people in Fort Wayne. This wasn’t a typical gathering for the elected official. Rather this event was titled, “A Hard Look at the Hard Cases.” Allen County Right to Life joined Save the 1, an organization dedicated to eliminating the rape and incest exceptions to abortion, in hosting the event. Seven speakers who had children conceived in rape or who were conceived themselves in rape or incest presented their stories (watch them here).

From what I can tell, Mourdock hasn’t addressed abortion and the 2012 race much since the campaign ended. I heard him speak to it a bit in Evansville at the Right to Life of Southwest Indiana banquet, but his remarks were brief.

In Fort Wayne, Mourdock was given a venue where the crowd was drawn there that night to hear only about the exceptions. Mourdock opened up and showed his human perspective and genuine emotions to a crowd that very much supports him still, even as they did one year ago.

Mourdock is still a defender of the most targeted – a child conceived in rape – though the aftermath of what he said at a 2012 debate remains very much with him. The 25-minute video of Mourdock is well worth the watch. Viewers will be touched to see Mourdock introduced to a little boy conceived in rape in Indiana around the time of the debate, to hear Mourdock describe how he couldn’t be a hypocrite on rape exceptions, to learn that Mourdock spent the day of the debate in prayer and to understand that he is coming to peace with the campaign’s outcome through his faith.

Living with Dignity

July 16, 2013

98-year-old Peterson dancing with her grandson at his wedding

98-year-old Peterson dancing with her grandson at his wedding

Last week we laid my husband’s grandmother to rest. Amanda Peterson lived 101 years of a rich, full life. I met her late in her life after my husband and I started dating, but I was always astonished at the faith she exhibited. Her 13 siblings were all gone, and her husband too. She was living in her own apartment when we met and she got around great, despite her blindness and relative deafness. Since I knew her, she always said she was ready to go Home, but knew it wasn’t up to her and that God had her here for a reason.

Working in the pro-life movement daily, I fight for the dignity of all innocent, human lives. Largely I focus on eradicating our nation of the sin of abortion, but a wide scale cultural and political fight looms over end of life issues.

In November, a Massachusetts ballot initiative to legalize physician-assisted suicide narrowly failed. But just this past May, similar legislation passed in Vermont. Four states now have assisted suicide. Turn on the TV and you’ll see assisted suicide featured in prime-time.

American euthanasia supporters may argue that they support only allowing euthanasia for the terminally ill facing pain from their condition, but euthanasia will not long stay limited to that. Earlier this year we saw world news headlines when two twin brothers in Belgium chose to end their lives through doctor-assisted suicide because they couldn’t bear the thought of going blind and not being able to see one another again.

Death is something we all face at some point in our earthly lives, but we can’t predict the hour when that will come, nor should we try. The elderly and the sick among us need to know that their lives have worth, no matter what ails them. Our role, as pro-life advocates is to celebrate the lives around us regardless of physical abilities or age from fertilization to natural death.

One of my favorite verses from the Old Testament is from Jeremiah: “For I know the plans I have for you,” declares the Lord, “plans to prosper you and not to harm you, plans to give you hope and a future.”

My husband’s grandmother knew this simple truth as well. In an interview for her apartment’s newsletter before her 101st birthday, she even said, “God has other plans for me; He’s not ready for me yet.”

She was a blessing to my husband’s family in countless ways, even in the waning days of her life. And the blessing I’m most in awe of, was how she showed those around her how to live with dignity.

Connect with Indiana Right to Life on Our Brand New Mobile App

July 15, 2013

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Mobile App Available Now

Are you one of the 140 million American smartphone users? We want you to be among the first to download the brand new Indiana Right to Life mobile app available free in the Apple, Android and Windows Phone stores.

By downloading, you’ll have the first state Right to Life app in existence. The app will give you access to our blogs; podcasts of Indiana Right to Life’s radio program, iChooseLife: News and Views; videos; event calendar; pregnancy help; access to social channels and more.

We believe the new app will allow us to get you information quickly, no matter where you’re located. Will you help us spread the pro-life message by downloading the app and continuing to engage in the pro-life effort? Babies’ lives depend on us.

To find the app, search “Indiana Right to Life” in your app store.

Indiana Right to Life Launches Mobile App

July 15, 2013

First App by a State Right to Life Organization

INDIANAPOLIS – Indiana Right to Life announced the launch of its first mobile application for smartphones.  The app features pregnancy help; access to social channels; blog stream; podcasts of Indiana Right to Life’s radio program, iChooseLife: News and Views; videos; event calendar and more.

“With 140 million smartphone users in the United States, a mobile app will allow us to effectively communicate with this growing audience,” stated Mike Fichter, President and CEO of Indiana Right to Life. “The new mobile app will allow us to get information out quickly, no matter where our audience is located. We’re pleased to offer many features on our new app like video and blogs, but we’re especially thrilled that our 30-minute weekly radio show, iChooseLife: News and Views can now be accessed by our pro-life audience on-the-go.

“Based on our research, Indiana is the first state Right to Life organization with a mobile app. We believe it is important to engage with our supporters on platforms they are using. That is why we’ve been utilizing social channels like Facebook and Twitter for so long, and we believe now is the appropriate time to jump into the mobile market. Smartphone use will only continue to rise, giving us the perfect opportunity to reach more people through our app and spread the pro-life message.”

The app is available on Apple, Android and Windows Phone devices for free. To find it, search “Indiana Right to Life” in the app stores.

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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