State of Indiana Honors Abortion Business CEO

March 11, 2014



Indiana Right to Life is denouncing the giving of a Torchbearer Award, noted on the state’s web site as “the State of Indiana’s most prestigious recognition of women”, to the CEO of Indiana’s largest abortion business, Planned Parenthood’s Betty Cockrum.  The honor was bestowed upon Cockrum on Mar. 5 at an awards ceremony held at the Indiana Historical Society by the Indiana Commission for Women, a state commission established by an act of the legislature.

Cockrum has managed Indiana’s Planned Parenthood operations since 2002, including its abortion operations in Merrillville, Lafayette, Indianapolis and Bloomington.  A conservative estimate is that Planned Parenthood has killed more than 50,000 unborn children by abortion in its Indiana abortion operations under Cockrum’s management.

During Cockrum’s time at Planned Parenthood of Indiana, the state of Indiana has paid millions of dollars in legal fees to the ACLU and others in fighting the never-ending suits Planned Parenthood has brought against the state.   In 2005, Planned Parenthood under Cockrum refused to comply with a request by Attorney General Steve Carter to turn over records of 73 girls under the age of 14 as part of a state investigation into Medicaid fraud.

“We are stunned and outraged that the CEO of Indiana’s largest abortion operations has been given this honor,” states Indiana Right to Life President and CEO Mike Fichter.  “Planned Parenthood makes millions of dollars every year in Indiana by dismembering children piece-by-piece in the womb.  When did Indiana begin to honor people for overseeing the killing of children?  It’s hard to imagine that hanging on the office wall of a building dedicated to killing children is an award bearing the state’s top honor for women.  History will show this to be a tragic, embarrassing and foolish recognition by the State of Indiana. ”

















  1. Mary Howard says:

    Since when do we HONOR a woman such as
    Ms Cockrum, whose business resume is primarily
    Running a so called women’s health clinic that aborts babies
    In the womb? Committing generational infanticidal genocide
    Is Honored in the state of Indiana? What are these people
    Thinking? Shame on the Indiana Commission on Women!

  2. Pat Harvey says:

    God may mercy on us for celebrating and awarding this person for killing and dismembering our children. I am appauled, sicken beyond words and pray that God’s wrath does not come down on all of us for this. That is like giving Hitler an award for all the murders he commited toward the Jews. Heaven help us all.

  3. Immortalmortal says:

    This is what happens when you have bishops demanding that his priests promote voting for pro-abortion candidates because he wants state run healthcare.

  4. Michael Voisinet says:

    These women most certainly shall not terminate the life of their unborn child. There are approximately 1.3 million abortions performed each year in the United States. In 2006,Planned Parenthood had performed 289,750 abortions,or approximately 23% of all abortions,making it the largest abortion provider in the United States.

    These poor innocent young children have already endured enough pain and suffering. And they most certainly don’t need to endure any more. They hereby claim and they further contend that a woman has a right to do whatever she wants with her own body.

    Yes,a woman has a right to do whatever she wants with her own body as long as she doesn’t engage in illicit sexual intercourse or terminate the life of her unborn child. That child has rights. And they must be properly respected at all times.

    They further ascertain that a woman has the right to terminate the life of her unborn child in the cases of rape and incest. Absolutely positively not!! If the mother doesn’t want her unborn child any longer she could always opt for adoption as opposed to terminating the life of her innocent born child.

    Or she could enlist the help of friends or family members to assist her in tending to the needs of that particular child. In the Catholic Church if you procure any kind of an abortion you are automatically excommunicated from the Catholic Church. If you so desire to get reinstated into the Catholic Church you must go to confession on Saturday Afternoon and confess your sins to God.

    And you must make full amends for what you have done. After you have received full absolution for your sins and are truly repentant of them then you will be deemed worthy to get reinstated into the Catholic Church and not before. You must fully resolve not to commit the same sins over and over again.

    As the old saying goes: Actions do speak louder than words. Showing that you are truly sorry is much more important than the actual words used.

    Human life must be respected and protected absolutely from the first moment of conception. From the first moment of his existence,a human being must be recognized as having the rights of a person,among which is the inviolable right to every innocent being to life.

    Since the first century,the Church has affirmed the moral evil of every procured abortion. This teaching has not changed and remains unchangeable. Direct abortion,that is to say,abortion willed as either an end or a means,is gravely contrary to the moral law.

    Formal cooperation in an abortion constitutes a grave offense. The Church attaches the canonical penalty of excommunication to this crime against human life. A person who procures a completed abortion incurs excommunication latae sententiae,by the very commission of the offense,and subject to the conditions provided by Canon Law. The Church does not thereby intend to restrict the scope of mercy. Rather,She makes clear the gravity of the crime committed,the irreparable harm done to the innocent who is put to death,as well as to the parents and the whole of society.

    A man and a woman most certainly shall not engage in any kind of sexual intercourse until they are properly married both in the eyes of the Church and in the eyes of God. God has instituted sex for marriage and that’s where it belongs.

    Fornication is carnal union between an unmarried man and an unmarried woman. It is gravely contrary to the dignity of persons and of human sexuality which is naturally ordered to the good of spouses and the generation and education of children. Moreover,it is a grave scandal when there is corruption of the young.

    Lust is disordered desire for or inordinate enjoyment of sexual pleasure. Sexual pleasure is morally disordered when sought for itself,isolated from it’s procreative and unitive purposes.

    Abortion is homicide. It is murder. Unintentional killing is not morally imputable. But one is not exonerated from grave offense if,without proportionate reasons,he has acted in a way that brings about someone’s death,even without the intention to do so.

    1 Corinthians 6:13: Foods are for the stomach,and the stomach is for foods,and God will destroy them both. But the body is not for sexual immorality,it is for the Lord,and the Lord is for the body. God raised up the Lord and he will raise us up too by his power.

    1 Corinthians 6:18: Keep away from sexual immorality. All other sins that people may commit are done outside the body,but the sexually immoral person sins against his own body.

    1 Corinthians 6:19: Do you not realize that your body is the temple of the Holy Spirit,who is in you and whom you received from God?

    1 Corinthians 6:20: You are not your own property,then,you have been bought at a price. So use your body for the glory of God.

    Matthew 5:27-28: You have heard how it was said,You shall commit adultery. But I say this to you,if a man looks at a woman lustfully,he has already committed adultery with her in his heart.

    Let us all pray that abortion comes to an abrupt end effective immediately.

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