Exposing the Culture of Death during 40 Days for Life

September 25, 2013

I can’t think of an effort to end abortion that’s more peaceful than 40 Days for Life. Every time I visit a 40 Days for Life location or see the faithful prayer warriors keeping vigil, they are always so calm and friendly. They aren’t exuberant, for they know the task of praying to end abortion is a serious one – lives are at stake – but they really are the kindest people you will ever meet. They want to help both mom and baby have a chance at life as God-intended it.

With the 40 Days for Life effort starting this week, I was doing some tweeting, both personally and professionally, and came across some tweets trying to co-opt the #40daysforlife hashtag.

PUKE RT @YoItsTheE: Today starts he #40daysforlife pro-life awareness! Go babies! Gotta stick up for the little guys and girls who can't!

People deserve the right to access health care, including abortion, without harassment or interference. #40DaysForLife #40DaysForChoice

WORST QUOTE EVA RT @AverageJoe99: "I've noticed everyone who is for abortion has already been born." Ronald Reagan #40daysforlife

While the above tweets certainly cause head-shaking (I mean is “PUKE” really the most logical way to support your position for abortion?!), they also cause us to remember our prayers need to include more than just the mothers and babies.

This 40 Days for Life we pray for our culture of death that accepts abortion as a logical option, and pray that abortion would become unthinkable in our fallen world.

Complaints Filed Over Fort Wayne Abortion Doctor Failing to Report an Abortion on a 13-year-old

September 18, 2013

State Law Requires Abortions on 13-year-olds Be Reported within Three Days

FORT WAYNE, IND. – Today complaints were filed with the Indiana Attorney General’s office and the Indiana Medical Licensing Board over the Fort Wayne abortion doctor failing to report an abortion on a 13-year-old as required by state law. The age of the patient surfaced as Allen County Right to Life Executive Director, Cathie Humbarger, reviewed publicly-available terminated pregnancy reports. The report shows that a 13-year-old had an abortion performed by Dr. Ulrich Klopfer, of the Fort Wayne Women’s Health Organization, on February 7. The Indiana Department of Health reported receiving the report on July 25, not within three days of the abortion procedure as specified by law.

According to Indiana abortion law, a physician performing an abortion on a patient less than 14 years of age must file a state-issued form within three days of the abortion with the state department of health and the department of child services. Indiana law specifies that failure to report is punishable with a Class B misdemeanor.

Complaints were filed with the Indiana Attorney General’s office and the Indiana Medical Licensing Board by Humbarger and sidewalk counselor Evelyn Witte, both of Fort Wayne.

Representatives from Allen County Right to Life and Indiana Right to Life released the following statement regarding the complaints filed against Klopfer.

“It’s heartbreaking to learn that a 13-year-old became pregnant and now must live with the pain of an abortion for the rest of her life, but it’s doubly-heartbreaking that Dr. Klopfer’s failure to report the abortion may have allowed the girl’s molester to walk free,” said Cathie Humbarger, Executive Director of Allen County Right to Life. “In Indiana, sex with a person under 14 is recognized as child molesting, regardless of the male’s age. No 13-year-old should have their childhood ripped out from under them like this young girl had. I call on the Attorney General to immediately investigate Dr. Klopfer’s failure to report this abortion. Sadly, this is not the first time I have filed a complaint over Klopfer’s failure to report an abortion on a 13-year-old within the time frame required by law yet he still practices today. His failure to report is appalling.”

“Dr. Klopfer’s failure to report this abortion on a 13-year-old shows a blatant disregard for Indiana law, not to mention a lack of concern for the patient’s wellbeing and safety,” stated Mike Fichter, President and CEO of Indiana Right to Life. “Indiana law is very clear about what needs to be reported, to whom and when reporting must take place regarding abortions on girls under 14 years of age. The law, instructions for reporting and violation details are printed at the top of each terminated pregnancy report. Klopfer’s failure to report this abortion raises serious red flags about his abortion business. If he fails to send in a one-page form when he does an abortion on a 13-year-old, how can anyone know if he is following state abortion law in other areas such as informed consent, facility standards and appropriately determining the age of the baby before he aborts him or her? We urge Attorney General Zoeller and the Medical Licensing Board to swiftly examine this matter and take appropriate action.”

View documents by clicking on the name: Humbarger complaint, Witte complaint, Terminated Pregnancy Report.

Allen County Right to Life, based in Fort Wayne, Ind., operates out of a common concern for the sanctity of human life from the moment of conception to the moment of natural death.

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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Greg Garrison to Speak at Hendricks County Right to Life Banquet

September 13, 2013

Danville, Ind. – This week, Indiana Right to Life announced plans for the 2013 Hendricks County Right to Life Banquet on November 21 featuring Greg Garrison, radio host for WIBC in Indianapolis. The banquet will also feature special music by Dove Award-winning artist Cheri Keaggy.

The banquet will be held at the Hendricks County 4-H Conference Center in Danville, Ind. Proceeds benefit the life-saving mission of Indiana Right to Life. Reservations are available at www.irtl.org/hendricks.

“We look forward to a successful evening in Hendricks County on November 21,” said Mike Fichter, President and CEO of Indiana Right to Life. “Area residents will enjoy hearing from Greg Garrison and being entertained by Cheri Keaggy. Garrison’s experience as a radio host, author and TV commentator give him a unique perspective into the abortion debate as the growing pro-life population seeks to protect all innocent human life. We invite area residents to make their reservations for the Hendricks County Right to Life Banquet today!”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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