Banks, Walorski praise ISDH denial of license to proposed South Bend abortion business

January 11, 2018

Washington, D.C. – Rep. Jim Banks and Rep. Jackie Walorski both issued statements yesterday praising the Indiana State Department of Health’s denial of an operating license for Whole Women’s Health Association to operate an abortion business in South Bend.

Rep. Banks’ statement:

“The sanctity of innocent human life, beginning at the moment of conception, is precious and must be protected. Life is a constitutionally-guaranteed inalienable right, and it extends to the lives of our nation’s unborn. The Indiana State Department of Health’s decision ensures only safe, quality health clinics receive licenses and protects Hoosier families, particularly women and unborn babies.”

Rep. Walorski’s statement:

“Every human life is precious and deserves our protection. The Indiana State Department of Health made the right decision to defend the sanctity of life and protect women’s health by rejecting this application.”

In October, Walorski sent a letter to the State Health Commissioner urging the ISDH to deny the application. The letter is available here.

A Christmas message from Mike Fichter

December 19, 2017

Several years ago there was a growing clamor over what was coined the “war against Christmas”, a period when there appeared to be concerted efforts to scrub the name of Christ from the holiday’s title.  Schools changed the term Christmas break to the more generic “winter” break.  Retailers forbid employees to say “Merry Christmas”, encouraging the safer alternatives of “Happy Holidays” or “Seasons Greetings.”  I remember one home improvement store that went so overboard on this that its artificial trees were advertised as “holiday” trees, a rebranding that seemed all the more ridiculous when noting the boxes the trees came in where clearly labeled “Christmas” trees.

Eventually the whole thing slumped into borderline absurdity, but not until providing plenty of fodder for talk radio shows and a few authors who jumped on the trend and published some big-selling books on the topic.  Since those high profile days of the so-called war, a large chunk of offending retailers have capitulated by reintroducing the term Christmas into their corporate vocabularies.  Some changes, such as the “winter break” term used by most schools now, seem more or less permanent.  All in all, there is enough tinsel strewn on both sides of the debate for multiple camps to claim victory.

From my perspective, I believe the battle over whether to use the term “Christmas” is, for the most part, over.  Christmas is back.  It’s the term people know.  It’s the term most people are comfortable with.  It’s safe to use once again.  But the truth is that while skirmishes continue to flare here and there over what we should call the holiday falling on December 25, the real dialogue has long ago shifted away from the holiday’s title to the more pertinent question: what does Christmas even mean?  In other words, we are learning that a post-Christian culture is perfectly fine with using the term “Christmas” as long as it is defined in terms that have nothing to do with Christ.  More to the point, to a large portion of our culture today, Christmas is now the season for endless Hallmark movies, Star Wars sequels, Black Friday shopping, new smartphone releases, and a shiny new Lexus in the driveway on Christmas morning.

Can you have all of these things and still celebrate the birth of Jesus?  Absolutely.  But it occurs to me that in a culture that has drifted so far from the moorings of absolute truth, the phrase “true meaning of Christmas” is itself in danger of becoming meaningless.  Who defines what is true?  Exactly the point, and one that retailers and agents of cultural change understand very, very well.

And so, against this backdrop of war and culture and who defines what, I believe it’s important to take a step back today and reflect on the truth that the real Christmas war is not about what retailers print in their ads or how schools define the end of the year.  The real Christmas war began four thousand years before Jesus’ birth, when one man and one woman willfully shook their fists in the face of God in a moment of unbridled treason.  It was there that the bridge between God and man was broken in two, exposing the horrific divide that no mere man or woman could ever cross again in his or her own power.

It was there, in the painful aftermath of the Rebellion, that the God who spoke the world into existence made the promise of a coming One, the seed of the woman, who would one day crush the power of sin and death.  So began the war, and so the war continued.

There would be wanderers, deliverers, kings and prophets, all pointing to another day when the coming King would appear. There were strange and mysterious utterances of a Child who would be born of a virgin.  He would be called Wonderful Counselor, Prince of Peace, and Mighty God.  And strangely, He would be a Man of Sorrows, acquainted with grief.

Men and angels longed to know what all of this meant.  The centuries passed and the war continued.

Then it happened.  On a night when no one was watching, after four hundred years of silence since the last prophetic utterance of the coming Messiah, a young pregnant virgin and her beloved came to the insignificant but prophesied village of Bethlehem to find that not one soul greeted the soon-to-be-born King’s arrival, nor was any room to be found.  It was there, in a shelter meant for beasts of the field, that the great King was born.

All of heaven burst forth in radiant joy, a mighty star appeared in the night sky, and the world changed forever with the sound of a newborn King’s cries.  But the manger could not bridge the gap between God and man.  The war was not yet over, but instead grew more intense.

The young King’s family fled to save His life as a madman devastated the village of His birth with a vicious decree intended to crush the King’s mission at its very root. The wailing of mournful mothers confirmed that the manger was not the end.  The war continued.

Little is known about years of the King’s life as He grew from a child to a young man.  With the manger in Bethlehem so far behind Him, the King now burst onto the stage by giving sight to the blind, opening the ears of the deaf, healing the lame, and embracing the despised.  He dined with outcasts, fed the multitudes, calmed the seas, and even raised the dead.

All of this was a great precursor to where the war was taking Him, a path on which none of us would ever choose to walk, where His closest friends would betray Him, where soldiers would beat Him with their fists, where religious leaders would mock Him, and where the multitudes who saw His healing works now shouted, “Crucify Him, crucify Him.”

And so the great King would hang on a cross, wearing not a diadem of gold and jewels, but a twisted crown of thorns.  It was there at the cross that the mother who gave birth to Him in that Bethlehem stable so long ago sank to her knees in unspeakable pain as she watched the Son she once carried within her womb cry out, “It is finished.”

It was here that the great King willingly took the punishment for our rebellion so that all who would believe on Him would find the gap on the bridge between God and man had finally been repaired.

The real Christmas war has been won.  Glory to God in the highest.

May you have a blessed Christmas.

Zakas Writes Holcomb with Concerns about Potential South Bend Abortion Business

October 26, 2017

Sen. Joe Zakas

Indiana Senator Joe Zakas (District 11) took swift action following the announcement of an abortion business trying to open in South Bend. Sen. Zakas, whose district includes part of St. Joseph County, wrote to Gov. Eric Holcomb on Oct. 18. In the letter (below), Sen. Zakas shared he heard from more than 200 constituents in just one weekend following the news of the abortion business’s application.

Dr. Ulrich Klopfer

Sen. Zakas also cites a South Bend Tribune article that links the proposed abortion business’s administrator with Dr. Ulrich Klopfer’s now-shuttered South Bend abortion facility. The proposed administrator was on staff for Klopfer, according to the article. Klopfer’s abortion facilities in Gary, Fort Wayne and South Bend had a long list of health and safety violations against them and Klopfer eventually lost his medical license in 2016.


Thank you, Sen. Zakas, for voicing the concerns shared by so many of your constituents about an abortion business trying to open in South Bend.

Two hundred constituents speaking up in one weekend is a strong statement. You too can add your voice of opposition to this potential abortion business in South Bend. Sign the petition here and keep South Bend abortion-free:

Letter from IN Sen. Joe Zakas to IN Gov. Eric Holcomb:

October 18, 2017

Dear Governor Holcomb:

An Austin, Texas-based company is seeking an Indiana license to open a non-surgical abortion facility in South Bend, as outlined in the enclosed article from the South Bend Tribune. I wanted you to know the depth of concern from many people about this organization’s application. I received over 200 messages from my constituents in one weekend after the news broke. I know other members of the General Assembly and our federal representatives have been hearing from folks, as well.

It appears the company in question, Whole Woman’s Health, has had a history of health violations at its other clinics. Further, the article indicates that the proposed administrator of the facility used to work for a South Bend abortion provider whose practice was closed in 2015 after the state revoked his medical license.

Indiana has a long history of being a state that stands for pro-life policies. Many believe your administration will reflect that history. Thank you, Governor, for your consideration.

Sincerely yours,

Senator Joe Zakas






Walorski Urges State to Reject Abortion Facility Application

October 24, 2017

Rep. Jackie Walorski

Rep. Jackie Walorski wrote Indiana’s new Health Commissioner, Dr. Kristina Box, urging the state to reject the application for a new abortion facility in South Bend. Texas-based Whole Woman’s Health Alliance has applied to open an abortion facility and has secured a location on South Bend’s west side of town. (South Bend has been abortion free since November 2015 when Dr. Ulrich Klopfer, the abortion doctor who had his medical license suspended for health and safety violations, ceased doing abortions there.)

Rep. Walorski cited the nearly 50 percent drop in annual abortions on St. Joseph County women since Klopfer closed his doors as progress in reducing the abortion rate. Her letter goes on to make clear exactly how she feels about a new abortion facility trying to open in her congressional district:

“I urge you in the strongest possible terms to reject the application from Whole Woman’s Health Alliance, sending a powerful signal that Indiana cherishes the value of life and will continue the push to reduce the state’s abortion rate.”

We thank Rep. Walorski for standing for life and you can find her full letter below. You too, can stand for life by urging elected officials to keep South Bend abortion-free. Sign the petition here:

Letter from Rep. Jackie Walorski to the Honorable Kristina Box, MD, FACOG, State Health Commissioner:

October 23, 2017

Dr. Box:

I am writing in regards to the recent application from Texas-based Whole Woman’s Health Alliance to open an abortion facility in South Bend, Indiana.

Over the past couple years, St. Joseph County has seen tremendous progress in reducing the number of annual abortions. In fact, Indiana State Department of Health records show that annual abortions have dropped nearly 50 percent since Dr. Ulrich Klopfer’s South Bend abortion facility was terminated for committing health and safety violations in 2015. Furthermore, the annual abortion rate for Indiana as a whole has dropped for eight consecutive years.

Indiana and its leaders have worked to make meaningful strides to combat the rate of abortions within the state. These crucial gains in protecting the sanctity of life would be undermined should the application receive the state’s approval.

I urge you in the strongest possible terms to reject the application from Whole Woman’s Health Alliance, sending a powerful signal that Indiana cherishes the value of life and will continue the push to reduce the state’s abortion rate. Please do not hesitate to contact me should I be able to provide additional information.



Jackie Walorski

Member of Congress







Recommended Reading: “Indiana Judge Forbids Treating Aborted Babies Like Human Beings”

October 5, 2017

Daniel Payne, a senior contributor at The Federalist, posted a piece this week about Judge Tanya Pratt’s recent ruling against the Dignity for the Unborn law.

While most national commentary focused on the fact that Pratt’s ruling allows unborn children with a Down syndrome diagnosis to continue to be targeted for abortion, Payne took a different look at Pratt’s decision. Pratt also struck the portion of the law dealing with dignified disposal of aborted human remains. Thus, allowing Indiana abortion providers to continue to treat the remains of unborn children as common medical waste.

Payne writes:

“I feel almost embarrassed having to point this out to a grown woman, but nevertheless it seems necessary: aborted fetuses are deceased humans. There is literally nothing else they can be. They are not deceased grizzly bears, or deceased Orca whales, or deceased caterpillars. This is not merely basic science but basic existential epistemology: a thing is the thing that it is, and it cannot be something it is not.

“It makes perfect sense, then, to dispose of the bodies of abortion victims in the same way we would dispose of any other human remains: respectfully and carefully, giving due reverence to the innate dignity inside every human being.”

We urge you to read Payne’s full piece at The Federalist and consider the gravity of Pratt’s recent ruling. Thankfully, our pro-life Attorney General, Curtis Hill, has already promised to appeal to a higher court.


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