Indiana University Seeks Continued Access to Aborted Babies for Research

May 26, 2016

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INDIANAPOLIS – Indiana University (IU) has filed its own lawsuit against the Dignity for the Unborn law after a federal judge blocked IU’s attempt to join a previously-filed lawsuit by Planned Parenthood and the American Civil Liberties Union (ACLU) against the law. IU has stated that the law’s prohibition on the transfer and sale of aborted baby tissue will jeopardize its research.

Indiana Right to Life opposes using aborted baby body parts for research.

Mike Fichter, President and CEO of Indiana Right to Life President said: “We are gravely disappointed at Indiana University’s attempt to block the Dignity for the Unborn law in order to continue using parts from aborted babies in its experiments. There are multiple alternative tissue sources for such research that do not require the harvesting of organs and tissue from babies that have been electively dismembered. We believe aborted babies’ bodies should be treated humanely and with respect. Indiana University’s admittance to using parts from aborted babies for their research also raises concerns about whether or not the pregnant women gave their informed consent for their babies’ bodies to be used in research.”

Dr. David Prentice, Vice President and Research Director for the Charlotte Lozier Institute, said: “The initial point of the complaint appears to be that the IU professors want to continue to use fetal tissue derived from abortion in their laboratories and experiments. Their complaint makes vague statements about the need for the research, as well as the oft-cited but unproven claim that they will not be able to hire research faculty if the prohibition remains in effect. However, their claims lack any substantive proofs that the research use of aborted fetal tissue is critical or unique. There is no real proof offered that aborted fetal tissue is unique or essential as a sole source to the research.”

IU’s use of aborted baby parts for research came to light after it attempted to join Planned Parenthood and the ACLU’s lawsuit against the Dignity for the Unborn law.

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Gregg’s Running Mate Pick Indicates He Will Advance an Abortion Agenda

May 25, 2016

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INDIANAPOLIS – Today Democratic Gubernatorial candidate, John Gregg, named Indiana Rep. Christina Hale (House District 87) as his running mate. Mike Fichter, Chairman of the Indiana Right to Life Political Action Committee (PAC) issued the following statement:

“John Gregg’s selection of Christina Hale as his running mate is a clear sign that he will advance an abortion agenda if elected. As a state representative, Hale voted against the Dignity for the Unborn bill and received campaign contributions from Indiana’s largest abortion business, Planned Parenthood. Gregg just removed any doubt about his position on life. Gregg will do Planned Parenthood’s bidding, and that’s bad news for unborn children.”

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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