A Memorial Day message: Arlington

May 25, 2015

arlington cemetery

“Human happiness and moral duty
are inseparably connected.”

George Washington

A message from Indiana Right to Life President and CEO, Mike Fichter:

The first time I visited Washington, D.C., with my family, it was like trying to take a drink of water from a fire hose.  If you’ve been there you know what I mean – everything from learning how to ride the Metro to figuring out the layout of the multiple Smithsonian buildings takes time. Trying to do it without looking like a tourist is impossible.

Then there is the issue of the beltway traffic. By comparison, you know when you’re getting close to Indianapolis when you get to I-465.  You know when you’re getting close to Washington when you’re half a day away.  I still have no idea whether it’s tougher getting out or getting in, but I do know that it took me over three hours on a holiday weekend to drive from Alexandria to Fredericksburg, Virginia – roughly forty miles away. That fits my definition of a traffic problem.

Still, there are few places like the nation’s capital when it comes to stirring up the patriotic blood.  If you asked me to narrow it all down to the one place I would recommend to a friend traveling to Washington for the first time, my choice would be immediate: Arlington National Cemetery.  In fact, I believe this is the one historic place that every American should visit at least once in life.

I cannot adequately express in words the emotions that I experienced the first time that I beheld the seemingly endless rows of white headstones that stand as quiet but powerful reminders that our freedom was bought with a severely high price.  Like most visitors to Arlington, my family visited the graves of the well-known and the highly decorated.  Yet my eyes kept glancing to the horizon, wondering about the lives and the stories and the families behind each of those headstones on the rolling lawn.

Who were they all?  Where were their hometowns?  Did they leave behind children, wives, sweethearts or parents?  Did they know generations to come would taste freedom because of the sacrifices they made?

All of these thoughts and more were pulsing through my mind when I looked to my right and I noticed the Capitol dome far across the Potomac.  I don’t recall what the scandal of the day was, but something was making headline news that day, something about deception and greed and power and selfishness in Congress.  Something that made that grand old building seem so much smaller and unimportant compared to the hallowed ground in which I was standing.

In the campground of fallen heroes there is silence – the silence of sacrifice and honor.  Across that river?  Too much noise.  Too much noise and too little character from too many people who have forgotten what it means to live for a calling higher than self.

It was the strangest contrast of feelings I have ever felt – pride and humility at the sacrifice of so many, resentment and anger at those who could care less about anything unrelated to re-election.  And I stood there quietly and wondered how many of those men and women elected to serve “we the people”, and to guard our hard-earned freedoms, are actually serving themselves instead, while defiantly promoting the business of abortion as some sort of fundamental right that even the Supreme Court had to fabricate from the “shadows and penumbras” of a supposed right to privacy.

It was Alexis de Tocqueville who said: “America is great because she is good.  If America ceases to be good, she will cease to be great.”  What would he say today, if he knew that America has allowed the abortion deaths of 176 times the number of Americans buried in Arlington? I fear we may already know the answer.

2015 Legislative Session Pro-Life Wrap Up

May 21, 2015

We’ve seen great success over the past decade with pro-life legislation in Indiana, and it’s a main reason we are ranked as the #7 most pro-life state and listed in the “Top Five All Star States” by Americans United for Life.  We’ve made great strides to bring Indiana’s clinic regulations, health and safety standards, informed consent and other protections for women up-to-date, and in 2015, the humanity of the unborn child was brought to the forefront of the abortion debate.

The 2015 session of the Indiana General Assembly brought several successes, some that will likely have long-term implications and benefits. A few were technical in nature, but necessary, and all were deeply meaningful. While two bills stalled during the process, we believe these bills started important conversations about the humanity of the unborn child and the ways in which the abortion industry undercuts parental rights.  

Below you will find information about six measures that passed and two that stalled.

Passed:

HB 1016 – Newborn Safety Incubators

Casey Cox

Rep. Casey Cox, author of the popular newborn safety incubators bill to help women and curb baby abandonment.

HB 1016 is a bill allowing the development and future use of newborn safety incubators. Newborn safety incubators will provide an additional method for the safe surrender of newborns at certain Safe Haven sites as an alternative to abandonment. If a baby is surrendered in a newborn safety incubator, an alarm will immediately alert first responders to retrieve the baby. It saves the child and protects a mother from legal ramifications if she abandons the child elsewhere in secret. While Indiana has a Safe Haven law, some women may not feel comfortable leaving their baby with someone in uniform or in a position of authority.

HB 1016 is the first step in a two-step process to allow the use of newborn safety incubators at certain Safe Haven sites. The Indiana Department of Health will move forward with the development of standards and protocols for the medical-like devices, which will allow for implementation in July 2016, pending further approval by the Indiana General Assembly. The bill also directs the Commission on the Status of Children to review additional enhancements to the existing Safe Haven law. Results from the Commission’s review and the Indiana Department of Health’s standards and protocols will be put into another bill to be reviewed for final approval in the 2016 General Assembly session.

Newborn safety incubators are sometimes referred to as baby boxes, or baby drop boxes.

Authored by: Rep. Casey Cox

Co-Authored by: Rep. Edward Clere, Rep. Charlie Brown, Rep. Holli Sullivan, Rep. David Ober, Rep. Dennis Zent, Rep. Ronald Bacon, Rep. Jim Lucas, Rep. Wendy McNamara, Rep. Lloyd Arnold, Rep. Chris Judy, Rep. Martin Carbaugh, Rep. Matthew Ubelhor, Rep. Robert Morris, Rep. Christina Hale.

Sponsored by: Sen. James Merritt, Sen. Travis Holdman, Sen. Dennis Kruse, Sen. Amanda Banks, Sen. Erin Houchin, Sen. Mark Stoops, Sen. Lonnie Randolph, Sen. Brent Steele.

Passed House Committee on Public Health: 12-0

Passed House: 94-0

Passed Senate Health & Provider Services Committee: 10-0

Passed Senate: 48-0

SB 546 – Definition of an Abortion Clinic

Sen. Mark Messmer, author of bill to define abortion facilities that dispense chemical abortion drugs in a way that brings accountability.

Sen. Mark Messmer, author of bill to define abortion facilities that dispense chemical abortion drugs in a way that brings accountability.

Rep. Negele

Rep. Sharon Negele, House sponsor SB 546 and author of the 2013 law that sought to regulate providers that distribute chemical abortion drugs.

In 2014, Indiana lost a lawsuit brought by Planned Parenthood regarding a 2013 law that sought to regulate clinics that distribute the “abortion pill” RU 486. Planned Parenthood, argued that doctors’ offices are treated differently than abortion clinics under the law even though they may distribute the same chemicals. An Obama-appointed federal judged sided with Planned Parenthood and issued an injunction to block Indiana from enforcing the law.  SB 546 addressed the judge’s ruling by amending Indiana law to define an abortion clinic as a provider (including a doctor’s office) that gives abortion chemical drugs five or more times per year, while clarifying that all abortions must be reported regardless of where they are done and who does them.

Authored by: Sen. Mark Messmer, Sen. Travis Holdman, Sen. James Buck

Co-Authored by: Sen. R Michael Young

Sponsored by: Rep. Sharon Negele, Rep. Timothy Wesco, Rep. Randall Frye, Rep. Sheila Klinker

Passed Senate Health & Provider Services Committee 9-2

Passed the Senate 41-8

Passed House Committee on Public Policy 10-3

Passed the House 77-22

HB 1562 – Fines for Incomplete or Failing to Submit Termination of Pregnancy Reports

Rep Denny Zent

Rep. Dennis Zent, author, brought more oversight and accountability to abortion doctors.

In an effort to address a growing problem of late, incomplete or inaccurate abortion reporting in Indiana, HB 1562 gives the Indiana Medical Licensing Board the ability to levy a fine to abortion doctors who improperly submit termination of pregnancy reports (reports required by the state for each abortion done in Indiana).  The board will now have the authority to levy a $1,000 fine per violation.

Authored by: Rep. Dennis Zent

Co-Authored by: Rep. Ronald Bacon, Rep. Steven Davisson

Sponsored by: Sen. Liz Brown, Sen. Erin Houchin, Sen. Lonnie Randolph

Passed House Committee on Public Health: 10-0

Passed House: 95-0

Passed Senate Committee on Commerce and Technology: 8-0

Passed Senate: 40-10

HB 1093 – Positive Information at the Time of Prenatal Diagnosis

Rep. Ron Bacon, author, led a diverse coalition and gained bipartisan support for HB 1093 to give information about disabilities to expectant parents.

Rep. Peggy Mayfield testified in support of HB 1093 by giving a moving personal family story of “relentless” pressure to abort by a medical provider

Rep. Peggy Mayfield testified in support of HB 1093 by giving a moving personal family story of “relentless” pressure to abort by a medical provider.

HB 1093 directs the Indiana State Department of Health to provide health care providers and parents with positive information regarding Down syndrome and other prenatal diagnoses.

This helpful bill garnered bipartisan support from both the House and Senate, and brought persons with disabilities and their families to the state house to testify in favor. Two key government officials also shared their personal stories: State Budget Director Brian Bailey and his wife shared their heartbreaking story of losing a child, but not before their doctor insisted on abortion, which they refused. Rep. Peggy Mayfield tearfully read a heart wrenching letter from her sister, in which she recounted how her doctors were “relentless” in recommending abortion. Other moving testimony from parents who were pressured to abort but did not – and one who is haunted by her decision to abort – painted a picture that expectant parents are not given adequate information at the time of diagnosis to help them overcome the medical community’s insistence on abortion, and understand their child’s potential diagnosis and possibly link with organizations or other parents who might help them in the journey.

Sue Swayze, Vice President of Public Affairs for Indiana Right to Life, with Tess and Hope Fuller. The girls came with their parents to testify in support of HB 1093, give legislators packets of information and take questions.

Sue Swayze, Vice President of Public Affairs for Indiana Right to Life, with Tess and Hope Fuller. The girls came with their parents to testify in support of HB 1093, give legislators packets of information and take questions.

Rep. Ron Bacon coordinated a multifaceted coalition of advocates to find agreement and work together. Special thanks to Down Syndrome Indiana, which supports many Hoosier parents to help their children thrive. We also greatly appreciate ARC of Indiana for its support of this bill. While it does not condemn abortion, ARC was active and helpful in supporting this very positive, information-providing bill that will help all expectant parents at a time when they need good information on prenatal diagnoses.

Authored by: Rep. Ronald Bacon

Co-Authored by: Rep. Edward Clere, Rep. Peggy Mayfield, Rep. Robin Shackleford

Sponsored by: Sen. Ronald Grooms, Sen. Mark Messmer, Sen. Jean Breaux, Sen. Erin Houchin, Sen. Lonnie Randolph, Sen. Liz Brown, Sen. Michael Crider, Sen. Vaneta Becker, Sen. Ryan Mishler

Passed House Committee on Public Health: 12-0

Passed House 97-0

Passed Senate Health and Provider Services Committee 10-0

Passed Senate 48-2

SCR 28 – Honoring Special Cheerleaders

Sen. Mark Messmer led a special moment when Spirit Cheer of Evansville, Ind., was recognized with an honorary concurrent resolution. This resolution was for the awareness the organization raises regarding the value of children with disabilities and through the inspiration and joy its team members and coaches spread to others. The team, their families and their coaches were proud to be recognized for their accomplishments. Spirit Cheer even led a cheer with the members of the House of Representatives!

Senator Mark Messmer, author of the Spirit Cheer resolution, flanked by members of Spirit Cheer and their coaches.

Sen. Mark Messmer, author of the Spirit Cheer resolution, flanked by members of Spirit Cheer and their coaches.

Rep. Holli Sullivan, House sponsor, honoring the girls’ achievements and the joy that they bring others.  The team later gave a cheer on the House floor to the delight of the Representatives!

Rep. Holli Sullivan, House sponsor, honoring the girls’ achievements and the joy that they bring others. The team later gave a cheer on the House floor to the delight of the Representatives!

Authored by: Sen. Mark Messmer, Sen. Vaneta Becker, Sen. James Tomes.

Co-Authored by: Sen. Ron Alting, Sen. James Arnold, Sen. Amanda Banks, Sen. Eric Bassler, Sen. Philip Boots, Sen. Rodric Bray, Sen. Jean Breaux, Sen. John Broden, Sen. Liz Brown, Sen. James Buck, Sen. Ed Charbonneau, Sen. Michael Crider, Sen. Michael Delph, Sen. Douglas Eckerty, Sen. Jon Ford, Sen. Susan Glick, Sen. Ronald Grooms, Sen. Randall Head, Sen. Brandt Hershman, Sen. Travis Holdman, Sen. Erin Houchin, Sen. Luke Kenley, Sen. Dennis Kruse, Sen. Timothy Lanane, Sen. Jean Leising, Sen. David Long, Sen. James Merritt, Sen. Patricia Miller, Sen. Pete Miller, Sen. Ryan Mishler, Sen. Frank Mrvan, Sen. Rick Niemeyer, Sen. Chip Perfect, Sen. Jeff Raatz, Sen. Lonnie Randolph, Sen. Earline Rogers, Sen. Scott Schneider, Sen. James Smith, Sen. Brent Steele, Sen. Mark Stoops, Sen. Karen Tallian, Sen. Greg Taylor, Sen. Greg Walker, Sen. Brent Waltz, Sen. Carlin Yoder, Sen. R Michael Young, Sen. Joseph Zakas.

Sponsored by: Rep. Ronald Bacon, Rep. Holli Sullivan, Rep. Thomas Washburne, Rep. Wendy McNamara.

Passed by unanimous voice vote (cheers, actually!) on both the House and Senate floors.

SB 329 – Disposal of Aborted Fetal Remains

Sen Liz Brown

Sen. Liz Brown, author, made a passionate plea for the humanity of aborted fetal remains and the dignity of the women seeking abortions.

Rep. Chris Judy, House sponsor, skillfully led the bill through the House process and worked with leadership to get it passed.

Rep. Chris Judy, House sponsor, skillfully led the bill through the House process and worked with leadership to get it passed.

SB 329 directs the Indiana State Department of Health, which regulates abortion clinics in Indiana, to issue emergency rules effective July 1, 2015 and final rules effective January 1, 2016, as to how abortion clinics are to dispose of aborted babies. In addition, in keeping with Indiana’s existing miscarriage law, women seeking abortions are to be informed of disposal methods and allowed to choose a different method at her own expense (e.g., burial).

The treatment of the bodies of aborted babies commands our dignity and respect. Indiana law was vague on the treatment of aborted remains, as was administrative law. A former Indianapolis Planned Parenthood abortion worker testified that she witnessed for three years the remains of aborted babies poured down the drain without any type of sanitation or treatment. An unborn baby’s body was found in the sewer system in Fort Wayne, Ind., as well. This is unconscionable from a human dignity standpoint, as well as an environmental concern. Excerpts of testimony available here.

Authored by: Sen. Liz Brown, Sen. Amanda Banks, Sen. Travis Holdman

Co-Authored by: Sen. R Michael Young

Sponsored by: Rep. Chris Judy, Rep. Ronald Bacon, Rep. Robert Morris, Rep. Martin Carbaugh, Rep. Dennis Zent

Passed Senate Health & Provider Services Committee: 9-2

Passed Senate: 43-7

Passed House Committee on Public Policy: 9-4

Passed House: 80-17

Stalled in 2015 but will return next year:

SB 334 – Ban on Discrimination of Unborn Babies

Sen. Liz Brown and Sen. Travis Holdman, authors of the bill that would ban abortion because of discrimination, discuss the bill before the Senate Committee.

Sen. Liz Brown and Sen. Travis Holdman, authors of the bill that would ban abortion because of discrimination, discuss the bill before the Senate Committee.

SB 334 would have prohibited abortion based on gender or disability. With the advancement of modern science, the medical community can screen and diagnose fetal anomalies and disabilities of babies in the womb. While certainly all doctors and health care providers do not, it has become a medical norm to recommend abortion of these children. Studies show between 60-90 percent of babies with Down syndrome are aborted. Likewise, abortions do occur in America because of the child’s gender. We cannot discriminate against a person with disabilities or because of one’s gender once born; we should not in the womb. One other state has banned this discriminatory practice: North Dakota.

Indiana Right to Life commends the courageous authors of SB 334, Sen. Travis Holdman, Sen. Liz Brown and Sen. Amanda Banks. We also salute the many families and medical policy experts that came to testify in favor. Moving testimony on SB 334 is available at these links: Charlotte Lozier Institute: Written Testimony of David A. Prentice, Ph.D. in Support of SB 334, Written Testimony of Lori Buzzetti, M.D. in Support of SB 334, Written Testimony of Ashleigh Moon in Support of SB 334 and Written Testimony of Mary O’Callaghan, Ph.D. in Support of SB 334.

There is clearly an untapped, yet anxious segment of the disability community that wishes to speak out against abortion of their own, precious lives. While the bill did not get a hearing in the House and stalled this year without passage, Indiana Right to Life pledges to bring it back again. Our friends with special needs deserve no less.

Sen. Liz Brown and famed researcher Dr. David Prentice, PhD, Vice President and Research Director of the Charlotte Lozier Institute in Washington, DC. Prentice flew to Indianapolis to testify in favor of not aborting babies just because they have a prenatal diagnosis or of a certain gender.

Sen. Liz Brown and famed researcher Dr. David Prentice, PhD, Vice President and Research Director of the Charlotte Lozier Institute in Washington, D.C. Prentice flew to Indianapolis to testify in favor of not aborting babies just because they have a prenatal diagnosis or of a certain gender.

Dr. Lori Buzetti, an Indiana OBGYN doctor, testifies to the humanity of the unborn child, the inconsistency of prenatal testing, and the significant emotional after effects of abortion on women who regret their decision.

Dr. Lori Buzetti, an Indiana OBGYN doctor, testifies to the humanity of the unborn child, the inconsistency of prenatal testing, and the significant emotional after effects of abortion on women who regret their decision.

Katie Shaw

Miss Katie Shaw, an active speaker and community activist for Down syndrome in Indianapolis and around the country, was present to support the bill.

Kathleen Black

Kathleen Black, a mother of a child with disabilities and a strong supporter of life, testified in favor of the bill. She and her family are from South Bend, Ind.

Mary O’Callaghan, Ph.D and mother to Tommy, a 7-year-old with Down syndrome, testified in favor of SB 334.  She is a Public Policy Fellow, Center for Ethics and Culture, University of Notre Dame and a Prenatal Outreach Coordinator, Michiana Down Syndrome Support Group

Mary O’Callaghan, Ph.D,  mother to Tommy, a 7-year-old with Down syndrome, testified in favor of SB 334. She is a Public Policy Fellow, Center for Ethics and Culture, University of Notre Dame and a Prenatal Outreach Coordinator, Michiana Down Syndrome Support Group.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Authored by: Sen. Travis Holdman, Sen. Liz Brown, Sen. Amanda Banks

Co-Authored by: Sen. Dennis Kruse

Sponsored by: Rep. Holli Sullivan, Rep. Matthew Ubelhor, Rep. Milo Smith, Rep. Robert Morris

Passed Senate Health & Provider Services Committee:

Passed Senate: 35-15

The House did not hear the bill, causing it to stall permanently this session

HB 1546 Strengthening of Parental Rights Concerning a Minor’s Abortion

IRTL applauds Rep. Don Lehe, author, for his willingness to lead on the issue of parental rights and recourse should someone falsify that they were the parent of a minor seeking an abortion.

IRTL applauds Rep. Don Lehe, author, for his willingness to lead on the issue of parental rights and recourse should someone falsify that they were the parent of a minor seeking an abortion.

HB 1546 would have prohibited a person from aiding or assisting an unemancipated minor in obtaining an abortion without the consent of the minor’s parent or guardian and levied legal repercussions for a violation. Based on an actual experience in Indiana in the summer of 2014, Rep. Don Lehe introduced a bill patterned after a law in Missouri that would give parents some recourse if their minor daughter seeks to secure an abortion against their wishes. If they know ahead of time – or find out after the fact – that someone has assisted their minor daughter to skirt their parental decision (often pretending to be the parent) the bill would have allowed them to go to court to seek an injunction and/or impose a criminal and civil penalty after the fact.

Since this bill was introduced, another case regarding a minor girl seeking an abortion with a falsified parent was recently decided by the Indiana Court of Appeals. This case illustrates what a future bill needs to target in a coming legislative session. (Fortunately, the Indiana girl referenced in the paragraph above chose not to get the abortion after all and her child was born, ironically, on the last day of the 2015 session.)

Rep. Tim Wesco had also introduced HB 1228, which included both an abortion ban and enhanced parental consent parameters. He had prepared a very critical amendment to HB 1546 concerning notarization of the parents’ paperwork and an affidavit signed by the abortion doctor to prevent fraud.

Rep. Tim Wesco had also introduced HB 1228, which included both an abortion ban and enhanced parental consent parameters. He had prepared a very critical amendment to HB 1546 concerning notarization of the parents’ paperwork and an affidavit signed by the abortion doctor to prevent fraud.

Rep. Martin Carbaugh had language to amend into HB 1546 that would hold the abortion doctor accountable for not reporting abortions on girls 14 and under according to Indiana law.

Rep. Martin Carbaugh had language to amend into HB 1546 that would hold the abortion doctor accountable for not reporting abortions on girls 14 and under according to Indiana law.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Authored by: Rep. Don Lehe

Co-Authored by: Rep. Martin Carbaugh, Rep. Sharon Negele, Rep. Randy Truitt

Advisor: Rep. Jud McMillin

This bill was not heard in the House and permanently stalled.

 

We are thankful for the advances achieved in the 2015 Indiana legislature and look forward to a 2016 legislative session when we will work with our lawmakers again to protect babies and their mothers!

 

Indiana Embraces Adoption

May 17, 2015

“Indiana a national leader in adoptions”

What an exciting headline from WISH-TV! We believe adoption is a loving option and we’re thrilled to see Indiana as frontrunner among the states. According to the Indiana Youth Institute:

“Indiana has the nation’s fourth highest rate of adoption per live births, the ninth highest rate of adoption per nonmarital births, and the eleventh highest rate of adoption per 100,000 adults. Between 2009 and 2013, an annual average of 3,678 children were adopted in Indiana. Overall, 2.7 percent of Hoosier children now live in adoptive families.”

We give credit to mothers who choose adoption as the best option for their children and the adoptive parents who open their hearts and their homes. We also recognize social workers and adoption agencies who work to facilitate adoptions domestically, internationally and through foster care. Finally, we laud those who raise the awareness of adoption as a loving option.

Gov. Mike Pence at an adoption fair.

Gov. Mike Pence at an adoption fair.

Gov. Mike Pence pledged to make Indiana the most adoption-friendly state in the union. These numbers show we’re well on our way to reaching that goal! Last year, Gov. Pence appointed member to the Governor’s Adoption Study Committee. Since taking office, he has hosted numerous adoption fairs. And during the 2014 legislative session, Gov. Pence signed a bill providing the first-ever state income tax credit for Indiana parents who choose adoption.

Adoption empowers birth mothers and completes families. We stand with those working to promote adoption and are grateful for Indiana’s leading adoption efforts!

Students Compete in Pro-Life Oratory Contest

May 15, 2015

Hope Moore, representing Right to Life of Johnson and Morgan Counties, Advances to National Contest

INDIANAPOLIS – At the annual pro-life oratory contest on Saturday, May 9 in Indianapolis, six Indiana high school students delivered pro-life speeches and competed for their chance to advance to the National Right to Life oratory contest. These student contestants represented six Indiana Right to Life affiliates.

Hope Moore, representing Right to Life of Johnson and Morgan Counties, won the contest with a speech on the state of abortion in the United States. She now will represent Indiana Right to Life in the National Right to Life Jane B. Thompson Oratory Contest. The contest will be held at the National Right to Life Convention on July 11 in New Orleans.

Also receiving honors were Nathan Grime of Allen County Right to Life in second place, Teresa Heckman of Right to Life of Indianapolis in third place and Ellissa McCullough of Wabash Valley Right to Life in fourth place. Other contestants were Hannah Kramer of Lake County Right to Life and Mary Jane Schulz of Right to Life of Southwest Indiana.

“Young people are leading the pro-life movement,” stated Mike Fichter, President and CEO of Indiana Right to Life. “These students delivered passionate speeches making the case for protecting innocent, human life from beginning to end. We thank these students, their parents and their Right to Life affiliates for participating. We especially extend best wishes to Hope Moore when she represents Indiana at the National Right to Life convention.”

Oratory contestants. Moore is second from right.

Oratory contestants. Moore is second from right.

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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U.S. House Limits Late-Term Abortions

May 13, 2015

WASHINGTON – Today, the U.S. House of Representatives passed the Pain Capable Unborn Child Protection Act, a measure that will prohibit abortions after five months of pregnancy. Indiana’s Republican representatives, Reps. Jackie Walorski, Marlin Stutzman, Todd Rokita, Susan Brooks, Luke Messer, Larry Bucshon and Todd Young, all voted for the bill.

The vote came on the two-year anniversary of the Kermit Gosnell murder conviction. Gosnell was a Pennsylvania abortion doctor found guilty of murdering babies born alive after abortion procedures.

“The American people recognize how horrific abortions are that end a life of a child who could live on his or her own outside of the womb,” stated Mike Fichter, President and CEO of Indiana Right to Life. “The Pain Capable Unborn Child Protection Act is a historic first step to advancing federal protections for the unborn. We commend Reps. Walorski, Stutzman, Rokita, Brooks, Messer, Bucshon and Young for casting their vote in support of life.

“We urge the U.S. Senate to take up this bill without delay. Senator Dan Coats has supported the bill in the past. We encourage Senator Joe Donnelly to go on record and tell Hoosiers how he feels about ending the lives of 5-month-old unborn babies through abortion.”

The bill passed by a vote of 242-184.

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