Indiana House passes bill requiring reporting of abortion complications injuring women and the expansion of safe haven baby boxes at fire stations

February 28, 2018

The Indiana House today approved by a 67-26 vote a multi-faceted bill requiring the reporting of abortion complications that injure women while creating tougher requirements for abortion businesses applying for licensing in Indiana. The bill also sets the stage for expansion of safe haven baby boxes at fire stations in Indiana to help save newborn babies at risk of abandonment.

Senate Bill 340 requires that physicians, hospitals or abortion clinics must report to the state each case when a woman is injured by an abortion. Complications required to be reported include uterine perforation, cervical perforation, infection, hemorrhaging, respiratory arrest, shock, or incidents in which parts of an aborted baby are left within the woman. The report must also include any indication that the woman treated was seeking an abortion as a result of abuse, coercion, harassment or trafficking.

The bill also tightens the process for abortion licensing in Indiana by requiring that applicants disclose whether it has operated an abortion clinic that was closed due to health and safety concerns, whether a principal or staff members has been convicted of a felony, and whether a principal or staff member was ever employed by a facility owned or operated by the applicant that closed as a result of administrative or legal action.

In addition, the bill provides conditions under which safe haven baby boxes can be expanded at Indiana fire departments, including volunteer fire departments, that are staffed by an emergency medical services provider.

“The Indiana House took strong action today by passing Senate Bill 340,” states Indiana Right to Life President and CEO Mike Fichter. “The days of abortion businesses hiding injuries to women, or looking the other way when women are coerced into abortion, will hopefully come to an end with this important bill.”

Fichter also congratulates the House for opening the way for greater expansion of safe haven baby boxes in Indiana. “The inclusion of safe haven baby boxes in this bill will be key to saving the lives of babies who might otherwise be at-risk of dying as a result of abandonment. We are thankful for those who took the lead on this issue years ago and have steadfastly moved this idea forward.”

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Indiana House passes historic bill permitting murder charges for killing an unborn child during a felony

February 28, 2018

The Indiana House yesterday approved by a 96-3 vote a bill permitting charges of murder, manslaughter and feticide against any person killing an unborn child, at any stage of development, during the commission of a felony. Additionally, should those charges not succeed in a criminal case, it maintains the judge’s ability to add additional sentencing of 6 to 20 years. Senate Bill 203, which previously passed the Indiana Senate 42-6, will now head to Governor Holcomb.

“If someone kills a pregnant woman, they should not only be tried for her death, but also the death of the fetus,” said the author of the bill, Sen. Aaron Freeman. Freeman introduced the bill after hearing from a woman in his district whose pregnant daughter was killed in a homicide.

“Indiana Right to Life applauds the House passage of SB 203 as a powerful step forward in recognizing and protecting the full humanity of unborn children at any stage of development,” states Indiana Right to Life President and CEO Mike Fichter. “The recognition of the worth of a child killed during a felony further places Roe v. Wade on a collision course with law and history. We are committed to doubling down on efforts to bring about a majority on the Supreme Court that will strictly interpret the constitution, dismantle Roe, and provide full protection for all unborn children, including those who are targeted for abortion.”

See the full House roll call vote for SB 203 here

Seventh Circuit hears arguments on Indiana’s historic Dignity for the Unborn Act

February 19, 2018

INDIANAPOLIS – The U.S. Seventh Circuit last week heard arguments to determine if Planned Parenthood and other abortion businesses will continue to be able to abort unborn children for the sole reason of the child’s sex, race, national origin, potential disability or Down syndrome, and whether Indiana abortion providers will be permitted to treat the remains of unborn children as common medical waste.

Major provisions of the historic Dignity for the Unborn Act, also known as HEA 1337, were blocked in

late 2017 by Judge Tonya Walton Pratt, an appointee of President Obama.

“The issue is whether unborn children can be discriminated against by targeting them for abortion based on a variety of factors including Down syndrome or the color of their skin,” said Mike Fichter, President and CEO of Indiana Right to Life. “Indiana took historic action in extending the same civil rights protections we recognize for persons who are born to children who are in the womb.  It is tragic and chilling to hear the ACLU and Planned Parenthood deny these civil rights by defending the unrestricted targeting of unborn children for death.”
“The civilized world was appalled last year when it was reported that nearly 100 percent of babies with Down syndrome are aborted in Iceland,” notes Fichter.  “Yet this is exactly the type of targeting that abortion businesses in Indiana are defending.  We hope and pray the Seventh Circuit will uphold Indiana’s historic protections for unborn children.”
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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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