Adoption Is the Loving Option

November 23, 2016

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November is National Adoption Awareness Month. Raising awareness of all adoption options is important, but the special focus of this month is on the plight of children in foster care.

Approximately 400,000 American children are in foster care and a fourth of them are eligible for adoption. According to AdoptUSKids, there are approximately 9,294 Hoosier children in foster care.

Adoption advocates point out that “Children and youth enter foster care through no fault of their own, because they have been abused, neglected, or abandoned by the people who were supposed to care for them.” Sibling groups and foster teens are among the hardest to place in forever homes.

2016-adoption-fair-flyer-jpegAdoption through foster care is typically free and most adoptions are eligible for an adoption tax credit.

In Indiana, we have some tireless advocates in the adoption arena. You’re invited to meet some of these heroes at the Fourth Annual Governor’s Adoption Fair on Tuesday, Nov. 29 from 4:00 – 6:00 p.m. at the Indiana Statehouse. Our incoming pro-life governor, Eric Holcomb, will be among the event’s speakers.

Gov. Mike Pence pledged to make Indiana the most adoption-friendly state in the union when he took office. In 2014, he signed legislation making Indiana the first state to offer an income tax credit for parents who choose adoption. Last year, we wrote this blog about Indiana as a leader among the states when it comes to adoption.

Adoption is the loving option. It empowers birth mothers, grows families and offers hope for children. During this National Adoption Month we tip our hats to birth mothers, adoptive parents and all working to promote adoption and give children forever families.

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Indiana University Paid $200 for Brains of Aborted Babies

November 15, 2016

Pro-life Community is Calling on the School’s Board of Trustees to Stop Unethical Research on Aborted Babies

 

BLOOMINGTON, IND. – Indiana University is suing the state of Indiana in order to continue experiments using parts from aborted babies, including the brains of aborted babies purchased for $200 each. Indiana Right to Life has confirmed Indiana University purchased brains from the Department of Pediatrics at the University of Washington.

Indiana University is suing over a portion of the 2016 Dignity for the Unborn law, which prohibits the transfer and sale of aborted baby parts. Indiana University claims in its lawsuit that the law will jeopardize research.

Indiana Right to Life opposes using aborted baby body parts for research, citing this practice as unethical and unnecessary. Scientists are working on cures for diseases with ethical avenues like adults stem cells and umbilical cord blood.

“Each aborted baby’s brain being dissected by Indiana University researchers belonged to a little boy or girl,” said Mike Fichter, President and CEO of Indiana Right to Life. “We’re sickened that a price tag of $200 was put on the brain of a deceased child whose life was ended in the barbaric practice of abortion. We urge the Indiana University Board of Trustees to step up and put a stop to the experiments on aborted babies.”

Indiana Right to Life is sponsoring a petition to the Indiana University Board of Trustees that calls for an end to the experiments on aborted babied. All Hoosiers, especially Indiana University alumni, are encouraged to sign on at http://p2a.co/WJeP8zB.

View the invoice containing Indiana University’s purchase of brains here: https://www.irtl.org/wp-content/uploads/2016/05/img278.pdf.

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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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Ultrasound Law Under Attack by Planned Parenthood Gives Women Increased Information

November 10, 2016

Fichter: What Is Planned Parenthood So Afraid of?

INDIANAPOLIS – Planned Parenthood of Indiana and Kentucky (PPINK) and the American Civil Liberties Union sought an injunction yesterday against the requirement in the Dignity for the Unborn Law that specifies women receive an ultrasound at least 18 hours before an abortion. Obama-appointed federal judge, Tanya Walton Pratt, heard arguments in Indianapolis.

PPINK filed a lawsuit this summer against the ultrasound requirement. At the time, PPINK admitted it only had ultrasound equipment at four of its then-23 locations around the state. In contrast, there are more than 50 ultrasound machines at pregnancy resource centers around the state providing free services to pregnant women. The ultrasound machines at pregnancy resource centers have been purchased by gifts from thousands of Hoosiers who care deeply about women and their health, and who believe women deserve to be truly informed about their pregnancies.

“The 18-hour ultrasound requirement gives women more information about their health and pregnancy before they have an abortion,” said Mike Fichter, President and CEO of Indiana Right to Life. “Planned Parenthood should support the ideal that women have increased information. What is Planned Parenthood so afraid of?

“Is Planned Parenthood afraid that more abortion-minded women will choose life after seeing an ultrasound of their developing child? Is Planned Parenthood afraid that women will not be able to forget hearing the heartbeat of their child? Is Planned Parenthood afraid that giving women time between seeing their child and having the abortion will cut into their profits? The chilling answer to all these questions is ‘yes.’ Planned Parenthood cares more about itself than 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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Note: This release has been updated to reflect the correct hearing date. We were going off a Thursday hearing date published by an Indiana news source. We apologize for any inconvenience.

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Indiana’s sweeping pro-life victories

November 9, 2016

Indiana Right to Life today applauds Hoosier voters for bringing about sweeping pro-life victories of historic proportions across Indiana last night.  Statewide victories include Todd Young defeating Evan Bayh for the U.S. Senate, Eric Holcomb defeating John Gregg for governor, and Curtis Hill winning the Indiana attorney general’s office.  Seven of Indiana’s nine congressional seats also stay in solid pro-life hands with the election of congressional newcomers Jim Banks and Trey Hollingsworth.  Indiana’s House and Senate also retain large pro-life majorities.

Indiana’s pro-life groundswell is capped by the election of Governor Mike Pence to serve as vice-president of the United States.  Pence has signed holcomb_lg_headshotnumerous life-affirming bills as governor including the historic Dignity for the Unborn Act earlier this year granting civil rights protections for unborn children.  The law prohibits the abortion of an unborn child based solely on sex, race, national origin, disability or Down syndrome.

“We have just witnessed an historic groundswell of pro-life support in Indiana,” states Indiana Right to Life President Mike Fichter.  “Indiana can be proud of the pro-life leaders we have elected, and we are especially honored that Indiana ‘s Mike Pence will now serve in the second most powerful office in the land.”

Many Indiana races featured stark contrasts on life issues, including the Bayh-Young race in which Indiana Right to Life highlighted Bayh’s pro-abortion track record that included a gubernatorial veto of informed consent and a Senate vote of support for Roe vs. Wade.

In the ninth congressional district, Trey Hollingsworth handily beat back the challenge of EMILY’s List – endorsed candidate Shelli Yoder.

In the governor’s race, John Gregg touted support for taxpayer funding of Planned Parenthood, pledged to veto pro-life legislation as governor, and declared he would have vetoed the Dignity for the Unborn law.  Pro-life Eric Holcomb, who was given little chance in this race by many pundits, beat Gregg by a large margin and now brings with him as lieutenant governor, Suzanne Crouch, who compiled a 100% pro-life voting record as a member of the Indiana House.

Curtis Hill’s election as attorney general is of major significance as three court battles against the Dignity for the Unborn Act wind their way through the courts.  Hill will succeed his pro-life predecessor Greg Zoeller.

“Hoosiers spoke loud and clear last night, just as Americans did across the nation,” says Fichter.  “Mike Pence is known to always say that ‘life is winning in America.’ Last night proved it. Now it’s time to roll up our sleeves and make abortion a thing of the past.”

Stop Bloomington Planned Parenthood from Receiving Corporate Welfare

November 1, 2016

planned parenthoodOn Nov. 9, the Monroe County Council will vote whether or not to direct tax dollars to the county’s only abortion center, Planned Parenthood in Bloomington.

Monroe County residents, we urge you to speak out if you oppose your tax dollars going to Planned Parenthood.

In 2015 alone, Planned Parenthood of Bloomington did 822 abortions. For those familiar with Lila Rose’s undercover videos, Planned Parenthood of Bloomington is the location at which a staff person coached Rose, posing as a 13-year-old girl, to go out of state for an abortion after she said her 31-year-old boyfriend got her pregnant.

Any tax dollars Planned Parenthood receives for a specific purpose, say the distribution of contraceptives, frees up funding to build their abortion business and keep their lights on. It’s all a shell game.

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One prominent member of the council is Shelli Yoder, current Democratic candidate for Indiana’s Ninth Congressional District. Of course this Council vote won’t come until a day after the election, but we have reported on the endorsement Yoder received from one of the most radical pro-abortion groups in the nation, EMILY’s List (read more here).

Monroe County residents, take action here now to stop funding Bloomington Planned Parenthood.

 

 

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