Indiana Right to Life PAC Endorses Ted Cruz for President

April 18, 2016

Cites Cruz as Best Positioned to Defeat Pro-Abortion Hillary Clinton in November

ted cruzINDIANAPOLIS – The Indiana Right to Life Political Action Committee (PAC) today announced its endorsement of Sen. Ted Cruz for President in the upcoming May 3 Indiana primary.  Mike Fichter, Chairman of the Indiana Right to Life PAC, said:

“The Indiana Right to Life PAC enthusiastically supports Ted Cruz for President. Cruz is well-positioned to defeat pro-abortion candidate, Hillary Clinton, in November. Cruz has a proven 100 percent pro-life voting record and will boldly speak up for the unborn and their mothers.  We have full confidence that a Cruz White House will advance the right to life of unborn children while promoting compassionate solutions to help women choose positive alternatives to abortion. We also believe Cruz will nominate only pro-life justices for any openings on the Supreme Court, including the seat left open by Justice Antonin Scalia’s death. ”

Indiana Right to Life PAC works to elect pro-life candidates to public office for the purpose of enacting public policy that protects the right to life of all persons, including the unborn. Indiana Right to Life PAC believes that the issue of life is paramount to all other issues because without the right to life, all other freedoms are without meaning.

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Stutzman and Young Endorsed by Indiana Right to Life PAC

April 14, 2016

Both Senate Candidates Have 100 Percent Pro-Life Voting Records 

INDIANAPOLIS – The Indiana Right to Life Political Action Committee (PAC) has endorsed Republicans Rep. Marlin Stutzman and Rep. Todd Young ahead of the Indiana Senate Primary Election on May 3. Both candidates have a 100 percent pro-life voting record. Mike Fichter, Chairman of the Indiana Right to Life PAC said:

“Indiana needs to keep this Senate seat in pro-life hands if we hope to see a constitutionally sound justice appointed to the Supreme Court and to reverse the pro-abortion policies of the Obama administration.  We encourage Hoosier Republicans to give both of these candidates their strongest consideration and then get out and vote for the candidate of their choice on primary day.”

The Indiana Right to Life PAC makes its endorsements based on its focused mission of protecting the right to life, especially of the unborn. Factors considered when making endorsements include incumbency, voting records on abortion-related issues in the legislature and survey responses.

Indiana Right to Life PAC works to elect pro-life candidates to public office for the purpose of enacting public policy that protects the right to life of all persons, including the unborn. Indiana Right to Life PAC believes that the issue of life is paramount to all other issues because without the right to life, all other freedoms are without meaning.

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Open Invite to Indiana Media: Report on Pro-Life Gatherings

April 13, 2016

Dear Members of the Indiana Media,
We received a few requests for comment during the Planned Parenthood abortion rally on April 9 in the name of offering “balanced” coverage. Some requests we were able to fill, some we were not. But a five-second soundbite or a two sentence excerpt from our statement doesn’t even compare to the wall-to-wall coverage given to the abortion rally in Indianapolis.

Your viewers and readers on Saturday only saw one side. In fact, although we reported that Lake County Right to Life’s annual banquet drew 950 guests in Merrillville on the night before the abortion rally, the Lake County event received no mention. In addition, we reported that nearly 900 Hoosiers, mostly women, had already signed our online petition in the days before the rally supporting the Dignity for the Unborn law. This petition also received no mention.

If your outlet is truly interested in offering balanced coverage, we invite you to see a glimpse of the strength of Indiana’s pro-life movement at the following gatherings:
•The nation’s largest pro-life banquet takes place annually in Evansville. We invite you to attend and see the crowd that totals around 2,000 each year. This year’s banquet for Right to Life of Southwest Indiana is only days only – April 21 – at the Old National Events Plaza. More at www.rtlswin.org.

•We also invite you to save the date for the Right to Life of Indianapolis Celebrate Life dinner. Last year 1,000 pro-life Hoosiers gathered at the Indiana Convention Center. We expect a similar number this year on October 4. More at www.rtlindy.org.

Hoosiers at these banquets pay to attend because they love life. Five community banquets in Indiana now draw over 1,000 participants for their events, and in the heart of rural Daviess County over 600 gathered each fall. We have many additional affiliate events ranging from 50 persons to several hundred. Hoosiers who attend these events care about babies and their mothers. You won’t find any crass signs or caricatures of elected officials. But ask around, and the attendees will eagerly tell you they support HEA 1337, the dignity for the unborn law. These are just a sample of pro-life gatherings taking place in Indiana in the coming months.

If your producer or editor doesn’t believe banquets are newsworthy enough (although Planned Parenthood’s Saturday gala was for at least one news station, evidenced by their live shot), put a reminder on your calendar now for January’s Roe vs. Wade protests throughout the state. Thousands of Hoosiers show up at these in their respective cities, and they have done so every year for the past four decades. They don’t show up because they want to get on the nightly news. No, mainstream media outlets rarely cover these rallies. They show up because they believe the Supreme Court’s 1973 abortion decision is fundamentally flawed. They don’t carry posters clad in women’s undergarments. Attend our January abortion protests, typically referred to as a “March for Life,” and you’ll find the most loving and peaceful protesters you’ve ever seen. Indianapolis usually sees 500 people downtown, South Bend another 500 individuals and Fort Wayne 1,200 people or more. Or follow the thousands of Hoosiers who travel to Washington, D.C. to participate in the national March for Life. You may be surprised to learn that majority of those attending the March for Life are high school and college aged women.

When you report on these upcoming pro-life events, we’ll watch for attendance numbers to be rounded up. State police estimated Saturday’s Planned Parenthood abortion crowd at 1,000 attendees. Despite this unbiased estimate, reports referred to the crowd size as “thousands” or “more than 1,000.”

Saturday’s Planned Parenthood abortion rally coverage was anything but balanced. Take us up on these offers to see a glimpse of the strength of the pro-life movement in Indiana. And then keep it in mind this November when the strength of the pro-life movement is truly felt at the ballot box.

Sincerely,
Mike Fichter
President and CEO
Indiana Right to Life

Planned Parenthood Rally is an Ugly Reminder of the Hate Directed at Vulnerable Unborn Children

April 9, 2016

INDIANAPOLIS – Indiana Right to Life President and CEO Mike Fichter provided the following statement in response to Planned Parenthood’s Statehouse rally today objecting to the dignity for the unborn law:

“Planned Parenthood’s abortion rally is an ugly reminder of the hate directed at unborn children who are vulnerable for abortion because of their race, gender or potential disability. It’s hard to comprehend the vile attitude of the pro-abortion crowd. The attitude that some lives have more value than others has led to upwards of 90 percent of children with Down syndrome to be aborted. The truth is, no child is an unwanted child.

“Planned Parenthood is rallying today because it believes in abortion on-demand through all nine months of pregnancy. This idea is simply radical to Hoosiers. Planned Parenthood should at least be honest enough to admit it has a vested financial interest in keeping abortion unregulated as evidenced by the $2 million in revenue it makes from abortions each year in Indiana alone.

“The media’s wall-to-wall coverage of today’s pro-abortion rally plays into Planned Parenthood’s hand. The abortion giant wants media outlets to ignore the majority of Hoosiers who believe abortions targeting the vulnerable are racist, sexist and discriminatory. Just last night nearly one thousand pro-life citizens gathered in Lake County and later this month thousands will attend the nation’s largest pro-life banquet in Evansville, Ind. The full weight of Indiana’s pro-life community is felt every year at the polls and that will be the case again this election.”

HEA 1337, the dignity for the unborn bill, was signed into law by Gov. Mike Pence on March 24. It 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.

Hoosiers have been actively thanking Gov. Pence for signing the bill. In addition to letters and calls directed to his office, Indiana Right to Life has been hosting an online “thank you” petition. More than 800 names have been submitted to the petition and Indiana Right to Life expects to send more than 1,000 names to the Governor’s Office next week.

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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Statement on Suit to Block New Dignity for the Unborn Law

April 7, 2016

Indiana_State_HouseIndianapolis – Indiana Right to Life President and CEO Mike Fichter issued this statement in response to Planned Parenthood’s suit to block Indiana’s Dignity for the Unborn law:
“Planned Parenthood’s lawsuit against the Dignity for the Unborn law comes as no surprise. This is the same song and dance we have seen from the abortion provider anytime they feel their lucrative abortion business is threatened. They look to the courts and activist judges to rule in their favor. Planned Parenthood boasts $2 million a year in abortion revenue in Indiana alone. They oppose any common sense law that protects women and children because they want to protect their bottom line.
“The Dignity for the Unborn law protects the most vulnerable among the unborn targeted for abortion because of their gender, race or a potential disability. It calls for respectful disposal of aborted human remains. Hoosiers believe all lives have value and Planned Parenthood’s opposition to this law just shows how extreme on abortion they truly are.”
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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