Donnelly Sides with Planned Parenthood over Taxpayers

March 30, 2017

U.S. Senate Votes to Overturn Obama Regulatory Rule Forcing States to Fund Abortion Providers

WASHINGTON – Today, the U.S. Senate voted 51-50 on House Joint Resolution (H.J.Res.) 43, with a tie-breaking vote coming from Vice President Mike Pence. This measure overturns a rule from the end of the Obama presidency, which prohibited states from defunding abortion providers of taxpayer dollars.

Democratic senator, Joe Donnelly, sided with his party in voting against the measure. Republican senator, Todd Young, joined 49 other Republicans and Pence to approve the measure.

“Sen. Joe Donnelly has failed Hoosiers who believe taxpayers should not be propping up the abortion industry,” said Mike Fichter, President and CEO of Indiana Right to Life. “Planned Parenthood must be thrilled to have an ally in Sen. Donnelly. Donnelly’s actions today clearly demonstrate his allegiance is to those who profit off ending women’s pregnancies – not to hardworking Hoosier taxpayers.

“We extend our thanks to Sen. Young and Vice President Pence for recognizing that the government should not force states to direct tax dollars to businesses that end lives through abortion.”

Earlier today, Pence was also on the U.S. Senate floor to be the tie-breaker on a procedural vote for H.J.Res. 43.

The measure passed the U.S. House of Representatives in February with the support of pro-life Reps. Jackie Walorski (IN-2), Jim Banks (IN-3), Todd Rokita (IN-2), Susan Brooks (IN-5), Luke Messer (IN-6), Larry Bucshon (IN-8) and Trey Hollingsworth (IN-9).


Sen. Joe Donnelly (D-IN)

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.



Bill Protecting Minor Girls and Increasing Parental Rights Passes House Committee

March 28, 2017

Senate Bill 404 Passes Indiana House Public Policy Committee with Amendments by Vote of 8-4

INDIANAPOLIS – Today the Indiana House Public Policy Committee, chaired by Rep. Ben Smaltz (District 52), amended and passed Senate Bill (SB) 404 by a vote of 8-4. Rep. Peggy Mayfield (District 60) presented the bill to the committee. Sue Swayze Liebel, Indiana Right to Life Vice President of Public Affairs, gave the following statement:

“There are many good measures in the newly-amended Senate Bill 404 and we’re pleased to continue advocating for it. Even with changes with the judicial bypass process, SB 404 still increases parental rights when a minor seeks an abortion. New requirements on abortion providers will help ensure the party giving a minor girl permission for an abortion is truly her parent or guardian. Parents and guardians will also have a civil recourse if they learn someone pretended to be them in order for their minor daughter to get an abortion. Parents have a valid interest in their minor daughter’s health and wellbeing and they deserve the additional provisions afforded to them in SB 404.

“SB 404 also provides protections for victims of sex trafficking and for those being coerced into an abortion. It protects young pregnant girls by changing reporting requirements to the Indiana State Department of Health and the Indiana Department of Child Services from ‘less than 14 years to age’ to ‘less than 16 years of age.’ Finally, it updates Indiana abortion facility licensing provisions to account for the growing number of chemical abortions in the state.

“Indiana Right to Life urges the Indiana House to pass SB 404. This bill will protect minor girls, increase parental rights and help victims of sex trafficking.”

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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