Down Syndrome Organizations Advocate in Court for Indiana’s Dignity for the Unborn Law

November 30, 2017

Alliance Defending Freedom and the Bioethics Defense Fund attorneys filed a friend-of-the-court brief with a federal appeals court on behalf of three Down syndrome advocacy groups and a women’s advocacy organization

CHICAGO – On Tuesday, attorneys from Alliance Defending Freedom (ADF) and the Bioethics Defense Fund (BDF) filed a friend-of-the-court brief on behalf of organizations who advocate for individuals protected by Indiana’s 2016 Dignity for the

Unborn Law. The Dignity for the Unborn Law bans abortions for the sole reason of the child’s sex, race, national origin or a potential disability, like Down syndrome. Represented in the friend-of-the-court brief are the three Down syndrome advocacy groups – Fondation Jérôme Lejeune, Saving Downs and Down Pride – and Women Speak for Themselves, a grassroots women’s organization.

In September, Obama-appointed federal judge, Tanya Walton Pratt, blocked the Dignity for the Unborn Law by siding with Planned Parenthood and the American Civil Liberties Union. Indiana Attorney General Curtis Hill is currently appealing Pratt’s decision before the Seventh Circuit Court of Appeals, based in Chicago.

“No innocent human being should be targeted for abortion because of their sex or an extra chromosome, as is the case with Down syndrome,” said Mike Fichter, President and CEO of Indiana Right to Life. “It’s telling that Planned Parenthood is suing for the right to continue aborting these innocent boys and girls. The abortion chain cares more about profiting off of women in their time of need than siding with justice, tolerance and acceptance for children with Down syndrome.

“We extend our thanks to Alliance Defending Freedom and the Bioethics Defense Fund for filing the friend-of-the-court brief. We applaud Fondation Jérôme Lejeune, Saving Downs, Down Pride and Women Speak for Themselves for having the courage to speak out. Finally, we are grateful for Attorney General Curtis Hill’s leadership to appeal the ruling on this law to a higher court.”

Learn more about the friend-of-the-court brief here: http://www.adfmedia.org/News/PRDetail/10424.

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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Houchin Writes Department of Health in Opposition to South Bend Abortion Facility Application

November 10, 2017

Sen. Erin Houchin

Indiana State Senator Erin Houchin (District 47) has added her voice of opposition to the Texas-based abortion chain trying to open up shop in South Bend. In a letter dated Nov. 9, Houchin wrote Indiana’s new State Health Commissioner, Dr. Kristina Box.

Houchin cited serious health and safety violations uncovered by inspectors at the chain’s other locations:

In states where this organization operates clinics, inspection records have uncovered numerous cases which demonstrate a pattern of negligence regarding basic health and safety standards, from rusty equipment, to open syringes, and more. I do not believe their standards of women’s health reflect those of the State Department of Health, or our citizens.

Thank you, Sen. Houchin, for voicing your opposition to this abortion facility’s application! Your voice adds to the thousands of concerned citizens who have already spoken out using our petition to keep South Bend abortion-free: http://p2a.co/XiEMDui.

The full text of Houchin’s letter follows:

Nov. 9, 2017

Dear Dr. Box,
I am writing to express my serious concern regarding the pending application from Whole Woman’s Health Alliance to open an abortion facility in South Bend, Indiana.

I respectfully voice my opposition to this application in the strongest possible terms. While Whole Woman’s Health Alliance would like you and the public to believe they have women’s interests at heart, the record of this Texas-based company shows otherwise. In states where this organization operates clinics, inspection records have uncovered numerous cases which demonstrate a pattern of negligence regarding basic health and safety standards, from rusty equipment, to open syringes, and more. I do not believe their standards of women’s health reflect those of the State Department of Health, or our citizens.

Indiana has made great strides in protecting the sanctity of life. Abortion numbers have dropped every year for the past five years, according to the 2016 annual Terminated Pregnancy Report compiled by your department. This is good news for Indiana, as fewer and fewer women are choosing to make dramatically life-changing decisions they can never take back.

I urge you to reject the application for a new abortion facility in South Bend in the interest of women and children across our state. Thank you for your attention to this matter.

Sincerely,
Erin Houchin
Senator
State of Indiana

 

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Indiana Right to Life Statement on Indianapolis Abortion Protests

November 6, 2017

INDIANAPOLIS – Indiana Right to Life issued the following statement about the abortion protests in Indianapolis over the weekend. The statement is attributable to Mike Fichter, President and CEO of Indiana Right to Life.

“Indiana Right to Life denounces the divisive actions of the Texas-based Operation Save America this past weekend. Indiana Right to Life focuses its efforts on legal, peaceful and compassionate actions to extend help to pregnant women and to protect the unborn from abortion. You will not find IRTL protesting outside of people’s private residences. Indiana Right to Life believes that acting in love is the more appropriate way to nurture cultural consensus that all human life is valuable.”

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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“No Abortions in South Bend” Campaign Continues

November 2, 2017

Joint news release with St. Joseph County Right to Life:

Digital Ads, Radio Ads, Billboards and More Will Alert Residents to Potential Abortion Chain Opening in Their Community

SOUTH BEND, Ind. – Indiana Right to Life and St. Joseph Right to Life announce additional avenues to continue its “No Abortions in South Bend” campaign. The organizations are leading the effort to keep an out-of-state abortion facility from opening in South Bend. South Bend has been abortion-free since Nov. 2015 when Dr. Ulrich Klopfer, the abortion doctor who had his medical license suspended for health and safety violations, ceased doing abortions there.

Texas-based Whole Woman’s Health Alliance applied for an Indiana abortion license on Oct. 6. The organization, which has had its own share of health and safety violations, is seeking waivers from the state of Indiana so it doesn’t have to comply with portions of Indiana’s abortion law.

Indiana Right to Life and St. Joseph County Right to Life announced the attempt to bring abortions to South Bend on Oct. 12. Since then, thousands of concerned citizens have signed their petition, generating nearly 30,000 messages to elected officials. The petition reads:

“I just learned that a new abortion business is trying to open in South Bend. I oppose the killing of unborn children and urge you to do everything within your power to keep an abortion clinic out of South Bend.  Please act now – lives depend on it.”

Today the pro-life organizations announce additional campaigns to stop abortions in South Bend. A digital campaign buy will ensure local residents within a 15-mile radius of South Bend see banner ads on applications, Google searches and more through November. This digital campaign comes on top of social media ads running on popular platforms.

Further, billboards and yard signs will soon appear throughout the South Bend area, directing observers to speak out about abortions in their community.

Finally, a radio campaign will begin next week, reaching South Bend area listeners. All the awareness tools are credited to the generous response of the pro-life community who do not want to see abortions in St. Joseph County.

On Oct. 23, U.S. Rep. Jackie Walorski (IN-2), whose district includes South Bend, wrote to Indiana’s new Health Commissioner, Dr. Kristina Box, urging the state to reject the application for a new abortion facility in South Bend. Indiana Senator Joe Zakas (District 11), also took action by writing Gov. Eric Holcomb to reject the abortion facility, on Oct. 18. Sen. Zakas shared he heard from more than 200 constituents in just one weekend following the news of the abortion business’s application.

“We are committed to alerting South Bend residents that an out-of-state abortion chain is trying to profit off ending the lives of unborn children in their community,” said Mike Fichter, President and CEO of Indiana Right to Life. “A news report in South Bend this week cited abortion facility leaders, saying they are ready to open any day. This is wholly disingenuous. The facility’s application for a license is pending and we will continue to oppose its opening for however long it takes.”

“St. Joseph County has always been a very pro-life community,” said Tom Gill, President of St. Joseph County Right to Life. “We hope everyone in and around this area will take an active role in fighting this deadly invasion from an out-of-state abortion chain.  Women and families in this community are blessed with an abundance of resources that stand ready to assist them in any crisis. We simply don’t need abortion here.”

The organizations’ petition to elected officials is at http://p2a.co/XiEMDui. Many respondents are also signing through their mobile phones by texting “BABIES” to 52886 (Indiana Right to Life, Inc.  Action Alerts. Message Frequency. Message and Data Rates May Apply. Reply STOP to optout, HELP for help).


St. Joseph County Right to Life, Inc. is dedicated to the social welfare by promoting life through education and advocacy. It is the oldest, continuously active pro-life organization in St. Joseph County, and is the central organization representing pro-life interests. Its goal is to protect all innocent human life–the unborn, the infirm or handicapped, and the aged.

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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