Medical Licensing Board Hearing Exposes Poor Practices in Abortion Industry

September 24, 2015

Medical Licensing Board members at Sept. 24 hearing

Medical Licensing Board members at Sept. 24 hearing

Three Indiana Abortion Doctors Forced to Pay Administrative Fines

INDIANAPOLIS – Today, the Indiana Medical Licensing Board held hearings for three Indianapolis abortion doctors regarding administrative licensing complaints. The complaints were filed in Sept. 2014 by Indiana Attorney General Greg Zoeller’s office for alleged violations of abortion procedure record keeping. The Medical Licensing Board decided to levy administrative fines against the abortion doctors instead of take disciplinary action regarding their medical licenses.

Abortion doctors Resad Pasic, Kathleen Glover and Raymond Robinson perform abortions at the Clinic for Women on West 16th Street in Indianapolis.

Indiana Right to Life Vice President of Policy Enforcement, Cathie Humbarger, who was present at today’s hearing said, “We are disappointed that the Indiana Medical Licensing Board did not feel the abortion doctors’ violations were grave enough to result in disciplinary action against their medical licenses. We believe poor practices in record keeping show a blatant disregard for women’s health and safety. Women in our state deserve better. We are thankful that these abortion doctors aren’t completely off the hook as they will have to pay administrative fines for their deficiencies.

“While the outcome isn’t what we desired, we are thankful that the abortion industry is being held accountable. Today’s hearing exposed just one area where the Clinic for Women failed to live up to high standards expected in the medical community. We know the Indiana State Department of Health is also aware of their facility standards and medical practices. Earlier this year we released findings from the Department’s physical survey of their facility. Among the deficiencies listed in the survey were incomplete medical documents, missing records of staff immunizations, dust on the ultrasound machine and a major tear in the exam table cover.

“The Indiana Medical Licensing Board will soon have another opportunity to act on egregious practices in the abortion industry. Dr. Ulrich Klopfer, who runs an abortion facility in South Bend, is scheduled to appear before the Board on Dec. 3. Klopfer’s hearing is the result of the Attorney General’s filing of an administrative complaint against Klopfer’s license, comprised of 1,833 alleged violations or counts. We look forward to Klopfer’s hearing and expect the Medical Licensing Board to take action in order to protect women’s health and safety.”

Click here to view the news release from the Attorney General’s office on the administrative licensing complaints filed in Sept. 2014 against abortion doctors Pasic, Glover, Robinson and Klopfer.

Click here to learn more about the recent Indiana Department of Health survey of the Clinic for Women.

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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Measure to Ban Abortions after 20 Weeks Blocked by Senate Democrats

September 22, 2015

Indiana Senators Dan Coats and Joe Donnelly Voted to Advance the Measure to Protect Life

Senators Coats and Donnelly

Senators Coats and Donnelly

WASHINGTON – Today, the majority of U.S. Senate Democrats voted against a procedural measure need to advance the Pain Capable Unborn Protection Act, thus defeating the bill 54-42. The procedural measure needed 60 votes to advance. Sen. Joe Donnelly, a Democrat, was one of only three Democrats to support advancing the abortion ban. Sen. Dan Coats, a Republican, was an original cosponsor and voted to advance the life-saving measure.

The Pain Capable Unborn Child Protection Act would have banned abortions after 20 weeks, or five months of pregnancy, the point at which research clearly shows unborn babies feel pain.

“We commend Senators Coats and Donnelly for listening to their constituents and voting to advance a measure aimed at protecting unborn human life,” said Mike Fichter, President and CEO of Indiana Right to Life. “Senator Coats took a bold stand early on, becoming an original cosponsor on the measure to protect pain capable children. We are thankful Sen. Donnelly put party politics aside and at least voted to allow the ban to move forward. Despite Sen. Donnelly’s pro-life claims, we had no idea how he felt about the Pain Capable bill and still have no idea how he would vote in a straight up and down vote.  This procedural vote is a step in the right direction, but it’s a hollow victory as Senate Democrats continue to block the real vote.

“It’s unfortunate that Senate Democrats refuse to clearly recognize the humanity of these unborn babies. Babies in the second half of pregnancy feel pain, and many preterm babies are surviving outside of the womb with few long-term health effects. These babies deserve our nation’s protection. We will work to ensure the Pain Capable measure comes up again in the future.”

The U.S. House passed the Pain Capable Unborn Child Protection Act on May 13 with the support of all Indiana’s Republican representatives.

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-lifers Urge Donnelly to Protect Babies from Late-Term Abortions

September 22, 2015

Senate Votes Today on Historic Legislation to Ban Abortions after 20 Weeks

Senators Coats and Donnelly

Senators Coats and Donnelly

WASHINGTON – Today, the U.S. Senate is expected to vote on the Pain Capable Unborn Child Protection Act, a measure that would ban abortions after 20 weeks, or five months of pregnancy. Sen. Joe Donnelly (D-IN) has refused to state his position on the bill. Sen. Dan Coats is an original cosponsor of the life-saving measure. The legislation is modeled on research that shows unborn babies at 20 weeks and later feel pain.

Hoosiers in large numbers support this legislation. In late August, Meeting Street Research conducted a statewide survey of 500 registered voters (margin of error of plus or minus 4.38 percent). The survey found 66 percent of all Hoosiers support the Pain Capable measure (compared to 28 percent opposed). The majority of Republicans, Independents and Democrats surveyed support the legislation, and women, in higher numbers than men, voiced their support.

Indiana Right to Life has been urging Sen. Donnelly for years to support this legislation and thousands in the pro-life community have signed petitions, visited his offices and called to voice their support.

“We urge Sen. Donnelly to put his pro-life principles into practice when the Senate votes on the Pain Capable Unborn Child Protection Act today,” said Mike Fichter, President and CEO of Indiana Right to Life. “The Pain Capable bill is common sense legislation that Sen. Donnelly’s constituents support. No baby deserves to have his or her life ended in a painful, late-term abortion.”

The U.S. joins only six other countries in allowing elective abortion after 20 weeks of pregnancy: China, North Korea, Vietnam, Singapore, Canada and the Netherlands.

If the Pain Capable bill passes, it will advance to President Obama’s desk. The U.S. House passed the measure on May 13 with the support of Indiana’s Republican representatives.

Information on the Meeting Street Research survey is available here.

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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Tell Sen. Donnelly: #TheyFeelPainJoe

September 18, 2015

Tell Sen. Donnelly: #TheyFeelPainJoe

As the Senate gears up to vote THIS TUESDAY on banning abortions after 20 weeks, Sen. Joe Donnelly needs to hear from you!

Sen. Joe Donnelly

Sen. Joe Donnelly

The U.S. Senate will vote on the Pain Capable Unborn Child Protection Act (S.1553) on Tuesday, Sept. 22. This bill will ban abortions on babies after 20 weeks, capable of feeling pain in horrific late-term abortions. We believe this bill is a crucial step in the fight for life, which allows us to show the humanity of the unborn.

Sen. Dan Coats has already cosponsored the Pain Capable bill and will proudly vote to protect late-term babies. Unfortunately, Sen. Joe Donnelly refuses to say how he will vote on this important bill.

 

Here’s Becky, a member of our IRTL team and a mom of a 23 week unborn baby, making the case for Sen. Donnelly to protect babies at 20 weeks, or 5 months of pregnancy.

Will you too tell Sen. Donnelly why babies deserve protecting? Urge him to support the Pain Capable bill. On social media, use the hashtag #TheyFeelPainJoe.

Contact Sen. Joe Donnelly. Consider email outside of office hours to make your voice heard.

Washington office:  (202) 224-4814
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Contact Sen. Donnelly right now. Please act.

U.S. House Votes to Defund Planned Parenthood

September 18, 2015

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WASHINGTON – Seven of Indiana’s nine U.S. Representatives today voted to defund Planned Parenthood. The standalone measure would immediately end taxpayer funding to Planned Parenthood for one year while Congress investigates alleged illegal activity by the organization.

Planned Parenthood has been under fire after undercover videos show officials negotiating the sale and harvest of aborted baby parts.

The U.S. House also passed another pro-life measure today, the Born-Alive Abortion Survivors Protection Act. This bill passed with the support of seven of Indiana’s U.S. Representatives. This bill would strengthen federal law regarding babies born alive after abortions and impose criminal penalties if anyone violates the act.

“We are proud of our seven Indiana Republican representatives who stood up for babies and their mothers by taking a bold, pro-life stand,” said Mike Fichter, President and CEO of Indiana Right to Life. “Planned Parenthood will do anything to make a profit, and apparently that includes the harvesting and selling of aborted baby body parts. The largest abortion business in the nation doesn’t deserve taxpayer funding.”

The seven Indiana representatives to support the pro-life measures were Reps. Jackie Walorski (IN-2), Marlin Stutzman (IN-3), Todd Rokita (IN-4), Susan Brooks (IN-5), Luke Messer (IN-6), Larry Bucshon (IN-8) and Todd Young (IN-9). Reps. Andre Carson (IN-7) and Peter Visclosky (IN-1) voted against the measures.

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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