A Good Friday Message: The Plan

March 25, 2016

Crown of thornsWhen they had twisted a crown of thorns, they put it on His head, and a reed in His right hand. And they bowed the knee before Him and mocked Him, saying, “Hail, King of the Jews!” Then they spat on Him, and took the reed and struck Him on the head.  And when they had mocked Him, they took the robe off Him, put His own clothes on Him, and led Him away to be crucified.
Here at the end of another tense week of life in 2016, with terrorism, violence and uncertainty rising like red skies in the east, it’s easy to wonder where the world all went so horribly wrong.  We see injustice when a brave officer and father falls in his duty.  We see trial when travelers find their security ripped from them in an explosive flash.  We see inhumanity when something as simple as protecting a disabled child from being torn apart in the womb brings angry condemnation from the medical elite.
We see it all and we wonder.  And maybe, in the darkest moments, we are even tempted to wonder if anyone really cares.
There is One who cares, and who has always cared.  He cared so much that He set a plan in motion at the very second that our world began its descent into depravity, although no man knew what that plan would be.
Foreshadowing, yes.  Ancient prophecies, yes.  But just like many today, our broken world waited, watched, and even doubted that anyone would rise to save the day.
Military leaders tried to fill that role but each has failed.  Kings and kingdoms have arisen, but none has withstood the test of time.  And even in our own desperately arrogant age, a time when we pretend to know all about all, the world is looking for someone to come.
In truth, the King has come.  And today we remember His betrayal, His suffering, and His sacrificial death on an ugly, brutal cross.   This isn’t a fairy tale, or a cleverly devised plan to fool the masses or generate sympathy for religious ideals.  No, this was the fulfillment of the plan, the one He set in motion, the one that is offered so freely, the one that is so widely rejected.
Jesus is the One.  And Good Friday – in all of its pain and sorrow – Good Friday is His triumph and the triumph of all who have placed their trust in Him.
The King has come.  He is coming again.  And it’s all a part of His glorious, unstoppable, and incomprehensible plan.
May you have a blessed Good Friday.
Mike
Mike Fichter
President and CEO
Indiana Right to Life
Colossians 2:14-15

Pence Commended for Signing Dignity for the Unborn Bill

March 24, 2016

New Law Bans Abortions on Basis of Potential Disability, Gender and Race, Among Other Measures

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Gov. Mike Pence

INDIANAPOLIS – Indiana Right to Life commends Gov. Mike Pence for signing the dignity for the unborn bill (House Enrolled Act 1337) today.

“Gov. Pence has long been a champion for the unborn and their mothers,” said Mike Fichter, President and CEO of Indiana Right to Life. “By signing the dignity for the unborn bill, Gov. Pence has again signified his commitment to protecting life. We are pleased that our state values life no matter an individual’s potential disability, gender or race. We also believe that the other measures in the bill are positive steps forward for providing dignity and compassion.”

HEA 1337 deals with various measures related to abortion, including putting into law Hoosiers’ longstanding values that babies shouldn’t be aborted because of disability, gender or race. In addition, it provides perinatal hospice information to parents who receive a negative prenatal diagnosis. It imposes respectful disposal methods of aborted fetal remains so that baby body parts aren’t comingled with gall bladders and treated as medical waste. It prohibits the transportation of an aborted baby into or out of Indiana except for the purpose of final disposition. It also increases informed consent for women by prohibiting group counseling before an abortion so that the woman has an opportunity to discuss the upcoming abortion procedure in private.

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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In Support of HEA1337: Diane Schultz

March 24, 2016

A letter to Gov. Pence in support of HEA 1337, the dignity for the unborn bill, from Diane Schultz, mother of a child with Down syndrome:

My name is Diane Schultz and my husband and I have a wonderful 15 year old daughter with Down syndrome.  For the people who know her, they love her, she is very active, friendly, loving and just a joy to have, I wouldn’t change a thing.  Once you have a child with Down syndrome, you will realize they are no different that typically developing children, they do the same things, just at a slower pace. They are things she does, that  some children her own age can not do.  I support HB1337 absolutely 100 percent and hope that Governor Pence signs the bill.
Diane Schultz
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In Support of HEA1337: Christina Francis, M.D.

March 23, 2016

A letter to Gov. Pence in support of HEA 1337, the dignity for the unborn bill, from Christina Francis, M.D.:

Dear Governor Pence, please sign House Bill 1337.

As a practicing OB/GYN in Fort Wayne, IN and as president-elect of the American Association of Pro-Life Obstetricians and Gynecologists (AAPLOG), a professional organization that represents nearly 3000 members and associates nationwide (including 36 here in Indiana), I strongly urge you to sign HEA 1337 into law.  As a member of AAPLOG and as a physician who deeply cares about her patients, I affirm the dignity of both of my patients – the pregnant mother AND her unborn child, regardless of race, gender or disability.  HEA 1337 protects particularly vulnerable people groups, such as minorities and those with disabilities, at a time when they are the most vulnerable.  This bill does not, as it has been suggested, interfere with the doctor/patient relationship.  Instead, it strengthens it by allowing us to provide compassionate, fully informed health care to both the family and their unborn child by affirming the fact that human beings, despite skin color, gender or disability, are worthy of dignity and respect.  None of the disabilities that are protected by this bill pose a significant health risk to the mother as she continues her pregnancy.

This bill also provides more support for families who have children with disabilities and even for those who have received an adverse prenatal diagnosis that is expected to significantly limit the life of their unborn child.  Studies have shown that families who are offered the option of perinatal hospice to help them through the process of losing their child with a lethal fetal anomaly report significantly better outcomes than those who are not given that option.

As a physician who supports the dignity of all human beings, and strives to protect this every day in my practice, I also support the provision of HEA 1337 for the dignified and humane disposal of fetal remains.  Unborn children that are lost through either miscarriage or abortion deserve to be treated as human beings, not as medical waste.

If we, as physicians, will respect the lives of not only our pregnant patients, but also of their unborn children, this will allow us to have open and honest conversations with both women and their families.  It will allow us to offer them the resources they need to understand their child’s diagnosis and what to expect throughout their pregnancy and after delivery.  This bill provides women an opportunity to have fully informed consent – not just biased information that her physician assumes she wants to hear.

I encourage you to sign HEA 1337 into law and provide protection for the most vulnerable people groups in our state.

With respect and thanks,

Christina Francis, MD

Christina Francis, aaplog

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In Support of HEA1337: Andrew J. Mullally, M.D.

March 23, 2016

A letter to Gov. Pence in support of HEA 1337, the dignity for the unborn bill, from Andrew J. Mullally, M.D.:

Governor Pence,

I am writing you today to urge you to sign HB 1337.

My name is Andrew Mullally and I am a Family Medicine Resident in Fort Wayne.  I am in the last 4 months of my training and I am excited to be starting a family medicine practice in Fort Wayne.  As a family physician I have the opportunity to work not only with expectant mothers and fathers, but with the babies after birth.  I have had the pleasure of caring for many patients with special needs who would be protected by this bill.  These individuals are valuable members of our society and should be protected.  Currently over 90 percent of babies with Down syndrome are aborted.  Signing this bill would state unequivocally that Indiana is a place where discrimination is not acceptable for anyone, especially the most vulnerable Hoosiers.

This bill is especially important to me as I am also the father of a child with cerebral palsy.  This is a condition where my son suffered a stroke in utero and now has a permanent neurologic impairment.  In my extended family as well there are relatives with autism, Down syndrome, and cerebral palsy.  From these loved ones and from my patients with disabilities, I have been taught more about being a good doctor than can be learned from books or lectures.  These individuals personify kindness and serve as an example to us all about what it means to be a human being and the dignity and respect that are due to every person.  While it is sad to think of how many innocents have been discriminated against because of their disability, I am proud that my state is going to protect the God given right to life for these people in the future.

Thank you for all that you do for our state and especially for standing up for those who cannot speak for themselves.

Sincerely,

Andrew J. Mullally, M.D.

Andrew Mullally

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