Kentucky governor orders Planned Parenthood of Indiana and Kentucky to stop abortions in Louisville

January 29, 2016

INDIANAPOLIS – Kentucky Governor Matt Bevin has ordered Planned Parenthood of Indiana and Kentucky to stop doing abortions at its Louisville clinic, stating Planned Parenthood is, “openly and knowingly operating an unlicensed facility in clear violation of the law.”

According to reports, Planned Parenthood admits to beginning abortions in Louisville on January 21.

In a statement on the issue, Gov. Bevin stated, “There is no tolerance whatsoever for people in the commonwealth of Kentucky disregarding the law. They are unlicensed, they are doing it knowingly, and they are going to be brought to justice on this front.”

“We applaud Governor Bevin for stopping the killing of unborn children at this Planned Parenthood facility in Louisville,” states Indiana Right to Life President and CEO Mike Fichter. “Licensing rules are put into place for a reason, including the protection and safety of women. This latest incident is one more reason why Planned Parenthood should not receive one penny of taxpayer dollars.”

Fichter notes that Planned Parenthood of Indiana and Kentucky has consistently fought to block Indiana’s licensing and regulations for abortion clinics.

Planned Parenthood of Indiana and Kentucky currently operates abortion clinics in Indiana in Merrillville, Indianapolis, Bloomington and Lafayette.

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.

Cathie Humbarger committee testimony supporting the passage of House Bill 1337

January 27, 2016

Mr. Chairman and members of the Public Policy Committee, thank you for hearing House Bill 1337 and my comments.

I am Cathie Humbarger, Vice President of Policy Enforcement for Indiana Right to Life.

Accounts of the bodies of aborted babies being found in dumpsters, left on loading docks, and being ground up in garbage disposals in abortion facilities are being reported across the nation. The question about the method of disposal of the bodies of aborted boys and girls here in Indiana has haunted us for many years.

Abortion dismembers a baby with body parts including discernable arms, legs, trunk, and head. We know this because a common practice after abortion is putting the pieces back together to assure they have the whole baby before they dispose of it – any parts left in the mother can make her deathly sick.

When legislation passed to license and regulate abortion facilities in Indiana, the bodies of aborted babies appeared to be regulated as refuse, biohazards, infectious waste and garbage. After hearing eye witness testimony that Planned Parenthood was disposing of the bodies of aborted babies by pouring them down the drain into the sewer system in Marion County, you passed legislation last session directing the Indiana State Department of Health to adopt rules to stop this practice.

We have learned much since last session. More news accounts from across the country report that the bodies of aborted babies are being ground up in waste treatment plants, microwaved to remove toxicity and being dumped in landfills. Now several states have already acted to prevent the dumping of the remains of aborted babies in landfills. That is still legal here in Indiana.

Videos released by the Center for Medical Progress showing shocking practices in Planned Parenthood abortion facilitates across the country prompted many states to call for investigations. Our own Governor Mike Pence initiated an investigation in Indiana and while there was no evidence of illegal trafficking of baby body parts, the state’s official report confirmed that the bodies of aborted babies – called the products of conception – are placed into bio hazard boxes and kept for days prior to being picked up by medical waste companies.

While grisly, the investigator’s report describing the process in the Indiana State Department of Health incident investigation report is important as you consider this bill this morning: Quote: “The staff member receives the products of conception which are in a glass jar through a window, places it in a strainer, washes it off and places it in a pyrex dish floating in water and observes it under a light. After examination and all is okay, they put it back in a strainer and then into a specimen cup and into the biohazardous waste located under the counter.” The report continues, “There was a cardboard box under the cabinet that contained a large red bag that was full and was tied shut. The room had a foul smell.”

According to the attorney general’s investigation in our neighboring state, Ohio, Planned Parenthood clinics in Cincinnati and Columbus gave fetal remains to Accu Medical Waste a medical waste company. Ohio’s Attorney General Mike DeWine said the company then, in his words, “steam-cooked” the remains in a sterilizing pressure chamber before sending them to a landfill in Kentucky. We have no way of knowing if this is the same protocol for disposing of babies aborted in Indiana. We do know that landfills are for garbage not the bodies of aborted babies.

Because of the facts we have learned since last session, Indiana Code must address the respectful disposition of the bodies of babies aborted here and prevent the bodies of babies being aborted in other states from being sent to Indiana landfills. I ask you to pass HB 1337 to prohibit the transportation of aborted fetuses into or out of Indiana except for burial or cremation, require that a facility which holds miscarried or aborted fetuses be responsible for their disposition by either internment or cremation and exclude fetal remains from the law governing the treatment of infectious or pathological waste.

Thank you.

Governor Pence applauds Hoosiers attending March for Life

January 22, 2016

Pro-Life Friends:

As we mark the somber 43rd anniversary of Roe v. Wade, I applaud the hundreds of pro-life Hoosiers who are taking a stand for life today at the Governor_Pence_Official_Headshot_high_Resannual March for Life in our nation’s capital. Despite the best efforts of the pro-abortion movement, more Americans embrace the sanctity of life today than ever before. I am confident that those participating in the 2016 March for Life are representing Indiana well and are demonstrating the strong pro-life convictions shared by countless Hoosiers across the state. Because of your dedication, the cause for life is winning here in Indiana.

When I became Governor in 2013, Indiana had nine licensed surgical abortion clinics. Today, that number is down to six. The number of abortions performed in Indiana has continued to decline, and in 2014, Indiana had the fewest number of abortions since the state’s all-time high in 1980. In recent years, we have also passed more rigorous informed consent laws and we have ensured that Hoosiers are not forced to subsidize abortions through their health insurance premiums.

We have also promoted a culture of life by instituting the first ever state income tax credit for Hoosier families who adopt and by supporting our crisis pregnancy centers around the state by providing additional funding through the Real Alternatives program.

But there is more work to be done. I would like to express my heartfelt thanks to all those currently attending the March for Life, as well as the countless pro-life Hoosiers who work tirelessly every day to protect the sanctity of life. Be encouraged today that because of you, life is winning across America and here in Indiana. May God bless you for your commitment to our most precious children, and may the sanctity of every human life continue to be protected at home and in our nation.

Sincerely,

Michael R. Pence
Governor of Indiana

Indiana’s pregnancy resource centers at risk

January 14, 2016

INDIANAPOLIS – Indiana Right to Life today is calling on the Indiana legislature to protect the constitutional religious liberty of all Indiana pro-life pregnancy resource centers, adoption agencies, and Right to Life affiliates by providing broad Hobby Lobby type protections for faith and conscience as opposed to the narrowly drawn religious exemptions found in the introduced versions of SB 100 and SB 344.

Indiana_State_HouseSenate Bill 100 seeks to amend Indiana’s Civil Rights statute to include sexual orientation and gender identity as a discriminatory practice. Senate Bill 344 is similar but does not include gender identity. Both bills provide for religious exemptions in narrow instances, including some adoption agencies and nonprofits, but only for those controlled by a church. The vast majority of Indiana’s pro-life pregnancy resources, all 37 of Indiana Right to Life’s county and regional affiliates, and some adoption agencies, religious in base and mission, are left unprotected by the proposed exemptions as they are not controlled by a church.

“We fear that faith-based pregnancy resource centers and adoption agencies will be forced to close their doors or face stiff penalties if they decline to promote, counsel, or facilitate same-sex adoptions, ” states Indiana Right to Life President and CEO Mike Fichter. “Any law that damages the ability of these pro-life agencies to operate by their faith principles undercuts adoption as a life-saving option to abortion. The Indiana legislature’s proper role is to protect the religious liberty and right to conscience of all Hoosiers , not to decide whose liberty is protected and whose is not.”

Fichter notes that Indiana Right to Life is not seeking to make same-sex adoptions illegal or to prohibit other organizations from choosing to promote same-sex adoptions. “We are simply asking that every faith-based pregnancy resource center and adoption agency, as well as Indiana Right to Life and its affiliates, be protected when exercising our constitutional right to live out our faith while helping to save unborn children from abortion.”

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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