The Pain-Capable Unborn Child Protection Act: What Now?

January 30, 2015

“There is no doubt that the fetus at 20 weeks gestation is capable of feeling pain as it relates to abortive procedures regardless of the technique employed.”  Testimony of  Tom Grissom, MD, Medical Director, Advanced Pain Centers of Alaska and Clinical Instructor University of Washington School of Medicine

There is no doubt of the humanity of an unborn baby at five months. We know that babies at this stage of development feel pain and must be spared the horrific dismembering or poisoning that occurs in late-term abortions.

We are certainly disappointed that last week, the U.S. House postponed a vote on the Pain Capable Unborn Child Protection Act (H.R. 36), a bill that would protect a baby from abortion after 20 weeks. We were left as confused as you were over why this bill was pulled. But the good news: the bill is not dead.

As you are likely aware, Indiana’s Rep. Jackie Walorski last week removed herself as a cosponsor on the bill, a move which likely helped prompt the change in the bill’s timeline. In a communication to concerned citizens, Rep. Walorski’s chief of staff wrote, “Jackie had a concern about language that could potentially conflict with all of the Military Sexual Assault legislation that had previously passed.”

We invite Rep. Walorski to share her concerns with the language in the bill so that we can move forward with a strong bill that protects babies who feel pain. We have reached out to her and expect to continue an open dialogue. If the bill had come for a vote last week, Rep. Walorski said she would have voted for it as it was written.

In fact, we expect all our Indiana Republicans to support the bill, as they did in 2013 when the bill first passed the U.S. House. We especially thank current cosponsors on the bill: Reps. Stutzman, Rokita, Bucshon, Messer and Young.

As we wait for the U.S. House to bring the Pain Capable Unborn Child Protection Act back up for a vote, we urge you to keep talking about this bill. Let people know that Americans strongly support banning late-term abortions and that five month unborn babies feel pain. Finally, please pray for a positive outcome for this legislation. Pray that babies are no longer subjected to the horrific dismemberment or poisoning practices of a late term abortion.

Please call your congressman and urge full support for H.R. 36.

  • Rep. Susan Brooks 202-225-2276
  • Rep. Larry Bucshon 202-225-4636
  • Rep. Andre Carson 202-225-4011
  • Rep. Luke Messer 202-225-3021
  • Rep. Todd Rokita 202-225-5037
  • Rep. Marlin Stuzman 202-225-4436
  • Rep. Peter Visclosky 202-225-2461
  • Rep. Jackie Walorski 202-225-3915
  • Rep. Todd Young 202-225-5315

Please speak up for unborn children.

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Urge your congressman to support the Pain-Capable Unborn Child Protection Act

January 21, 2015

A major pro-life bill is expected to be voted on tomorrow, January 22, in the U.S. House of Representatives.

The bill is the Pain-Capable Unborn Child Protection Act (H.R. 36), which would extend general protection to unborn children nationwide beginning at 20 weeks fetal age, based on congressional recognition that by this point in development, if not earlier, the unborn child is capable of experiencing pain.  H.R. 36, sponsored by Reps. Trent Franks (R-AZ.) and Marsha Blackburn (R-TN.), is based on model legislation developed by National Right to Life and enacted in 10 states.

Click here for a form to send an email message to your representative in the U.S. House, urging support for H.R. 36.  You can modify the suggested message as you see fit.  The tool will show you the name of your representative after you enter your information into the “Your Contact Information” fields.

You are also encouraged to call and urge full support for H.R. 36.

  • Rep. Susan Brooks 202-225-2276
  • Rep. Larry Bucshon 202-225-4636
  • Rep. Andre Carson 202-225-4011
  • Rep. Luke Messer 202-225-3021
  • Rep. Todd Rokita 202-225-5037
  • Rep. Marlin Stuzman 202-225-4436
  • Rep. Peter Visclosky 202-225-2461
  • Rep. Jackie Walorski 202-225-3915
  • Rep. Todd Young 202-225-5315

Please take action now!

 

Indiana Is Seventh Most Pro-Life State in the Nation

January 13, 2015

Rank from Americans United for Life List Report; Indiana Earns 2014 “Pro-life All Star” Status

WASHINGTON – Today, Americans United for Life released its annual “Life List,” which ranks the order of pro-life states. Up from eighth in 2014, the 2015 list shows that Indiana is now the seventh most pro-life state in the country.

“We’re pleased that our seventh place ranking shows we are making pro-life progress in the Hoosier state,” said Mike Fichter, President and CEO of Indiana Right to Life. “Indiana is recognized as a state that values the rights of both mothers and unborn children. We thank our legislators for enacting pro-life policies that earned us this high ranking. We also urge our elected officials to keep up the momentum until every unborn child receives a chance at life.”

In naming Indiana one of five “Pro-life All Stars” in 2014, Americans United for Life cited Indiana’s legislative advancements regarding admitting privileges requirements, inspection requirements and limiting insurance coverage for abortion.

Americans United for Life offers their state rankings at the beginning of each calendar year based off state laws. Indiana was ranked #10 in 2012, #7 in 2013 and #8 in 2014. Information on the ranking is available here: www.aul.org/2015-life-list

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.

Americans United for Life, the nation’s premier pro-life legal team, works through the law and legislative process to one end: Achieving comprehensive legal protection for human life from conception to natural death. The nonprofit, public-interest law and policy organization holds the unique distinction of being the first national pro-life organization in America- incorporated in 1971, before the infamous Roe v. Wade decision.

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Judicial Order Allows Chemical Abortions to be Done without Regulation

January 8, 2015

Legislature Must Fix the Law to Ensure Women’s Health and Safety

INDIANAPOLIS – Yesterday, Obama-appointed federal judge, Jane Magnus-Stinson, ordered that her December ruling will stand, which states that a 2013-passed state law including chemical abortion facilities in the definition of abortion facilities is unconstitutional. Her order came after Planned Parenthood and the Indiana Attorney General’s Office, which was defending the state law, agreed not to take the case further in the legal system.

The law was passed in 2013 to require chemical abortion facilities to meet the same requirements as other abortion sites in the state. Like surgical abortions, chemical abortions can lead to serious medical emergencies, so abortion facilities and its staff should be prepared to care for women with complications.

“With Judge Magnus-Stinson’s order, the state’s largest abortion business, Planned Parenthood, will continue to do dangerous chemical abortions at a completely unregulated facility in Lafayette,” stated Mike Fichter, President and CEO of Indiana Right to Life. “This order also opens the doors for abortion sites in communities across the state if operators don’t need to adhere to state laws in place to protect women’s health and safety.

“We urge the newly convened state legislature to take strong and immediate action. Chemical abortion facilities should not be able to skirt oversight laws regarding reporting standards, physician oversight, cleanliness standards and building accessibility. Women’s health is on the line.”

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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Pro-Life Laws Take Effect Jan. 1

January 1, 2015

Laws Prevent Forced Funding of Abortion in Health Plans and Provide Adoption Tax Credits

INDIANAPOLIS – On January 1, two significant pro-life laws take effect in Indiana. One law prevents the forced funding of abortion in health insurance plans and the other provides adoptive families with tax credits.

Signed into law by Gov. Mike Pence in March, HB 1123 prevents automatic inclusion of abortion in private insurance plans. Thanks to the law, Hoosiers will not have to subsidize abortion as they pay their premiums. Individuals desiring abortion coverage may purchase a separate rider.

Also going into effect in 2015 is HB 1222. This law provides adoptive families with a tax credit of up to $1,000 per child for new adoptions.

“We’re encouraged by these pro-life measures and we expect these laws to make a positive impact in 2015,” stated Mike Fichter, President and CEO of Indiana Right to Life. “We hope more mothers will choose life over abortion, despite challenging circumstances. We also urge Hoosier families interested in adoption to explore their options for giving a child a forever home.

“Hoosiers have long-objected to funding the morally unacceptable practice of abortion, and we’re pleased the law taking effect will keep abortion out of health plans. Obamacare ushered in the biggest federal expansion of abortion we have ever seen, and despite federal mandates, Indiana is doing its best to protect life.

“Gov. Pence wants to make Indiana the most adoption-friendly state and we believe this new adoption tax credit is an excellent first step.”

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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