Indiana a Leader in Preventing Discriminatory Down Syndrome Abortions

August 18, 2017

Most Hoosiers share the common belief that all lives should be treated with dignity. We recognize our shared humanity cuts across race, sex, disability or the number of chromosomes we have.

Unfortunately, Hoosier values aren’t a given. Take the recent turmoil in Charlottesville. Or the CBS News feature on the extermination of those with Down syndrome in Iceland.

We’re calling the targeting of unborn babies who likely have Down syndrome for abortion, “extermination.” But CBS News’ spin on this targeting is that Iceland is simply “eliminating” Down syndrome. As if aborting these unborn babies can be compared to preventing polio through a vaccine.

We can’t wipe out a whole class of people and then pat ourselves on the back for their extinction. We as a human race must be better than this. We can celebrate our differences. We can learn from one another. We can love and lift one another up.

Indiana has taken a stand against discrimination. Last year, the state legislature, with the signature of now Vice President Mike Pence, passed the Dignity for the Unborn law. This law said that an unborn child can’t be aborted because of his or her race, sex, national origin or a potential disability, like Down syndrome. We were the first state in the nation to pass this type of ground-breaking legislation, offering civil rights protections for the unborn.

This is what rejecting hate looks like. It’s saying, “a child shouldn’t lose his life because he’s black.” It’s saying, “a child doesn’t have to die because she’s a girl.” It’s saying, “a child mustn’t be aborted because the father has a national origin different from the mother.” It’s saying, “a child doesn’t deserve a death sentence because she might have Down syndrome.”

Sadly, not even all Hoosiers can love and accept that those unborn lives have value and worth. Planned Parenthood and their allies at the American Civil Liberties Union sued over the Dignity for the Unborn law. They found a sympathetic judge willing to allow babies to be targeted for abortion because of their sex, race and potential disability. So, targeted abortions continue to be legal.

The court battle over the Dignity for the Unborn law is far from over.

In the meantime, we do well to consider what Iceland has done by stripping the value and worth from every human life with Down syndrome. They have encouraged mothers to issue a death sentence to their own offspring. They have exterminated all the joy and happiness that those with Down syndrome bring to their families and communities. They have made a sad statement about life.

Next time you see a mom in the store with her Down syndrome child, or a man with Down syndrome cheering on your hometown team, greet them with a smile. Every life deserves dignity. A little love can go a long way.

AG Hill Appeals Judge’s Ruling that Favors Planned Parenthood

July 18, 2017

AG Curtis Hill

We learned late Friday that Attorney General Curtis Hill appealed the preliminary injunction of Senate Enrolled Act (SEA) 404, and we are thrilled!

On June 28, a federal judge, Sarah Evans Barker, issued a preliminary injunction against portions of SEA 404 in a case brought by Planned Parenthood and the American Civil Liberties Union. SEA 404 is a new parental rights law designed to give parents more rights if their minor daughter seeks an abortion.

We told the Indianapolis Star:

“SEA 404 is a common-sense law that recognizes the role of parents in their minor daughters’ health,” she said. “Attorney General Curtis Hill is willing to fight Planned Parenthood and the American Civil Liberties Union’s constant attempt to block abortion-related laws. We extend our appreciation to AG Hill.”

We expected AG Hill’s appeal after he issued a strong pro-life statement following Barker’s June ruling:

“The challenge of this law is nothing more than an attempt to give courts rather than parents the legal guardianship of children. When an unemancipated minor undergoes even the most basic medical procedures, the involvement of a parent or legal guardian is typically required. However, for the time being, Wednesday’s injunction essentially encourages a minor to go it alone through the emotionally and physically overwhelming procedure of aborting a human being. We will always support the authority of parents to know what is going on with their children and continue to defend Hoosier parents,” Hill said.

“This law already enables judges to determine that some minors could have extenuating circumstances in their relationships with their parents that make notification unwise or unsafe. In these instances, judges have full authority to waive the notification of parents. By requiring minors to notify their parents, Senate Enrolled Act 404 increases the likelihood that minors will go through this process with the support and guidance needed.”

Pro-life Hoosiers are pleased that AG Hill is on the side of parents who deserve to be involved in their minor daughters’ health and wellbeing.

 

ICYMI: Fichter in Indy Star: No taxpayer funding for Planned Parenthood

July 5, 2017

In Case You Missed It
Indy Star:
Fichter: No taxpayer funding for Planned Parenthood

Mike Fichter, President and CEO of Indiana Right to Life

Column by Indiana Right to Life President and CEO Mike Fichter
Saturday, July 1, 2017
www.indystar.com

The reality that Planned Parenthood’s clients are leaving in droves should be telling to policy makers.

There’s something ironic about giving a “lifetime” achievement award to the head of Indiana’s largest abortion business. Yet Betty Cockrum, outgoing executive of Planned Parenthood of Indiana and Kentucky (PPINK), will have at least two “Lifetime Achievement” awards for her mantle from organizations sad to see her go.

Cockrum retired Friday after 15 years with Planned Parenthood. With all the praises being directed her way, we wondered: is Planned Parenthood in Indiana a stronger organization today?

We reviewed the last 10 years of fiscal year reports, publicly-available on Planned Parenthood of Indiana and Kentucky’s website. (Planned Parenthood of Indiana acquired Kentucky in 2013).

Supporters of Planned Parenthood should be troubled by what we found.

From 2007 to 2016, total patient visits to Cockrum’s Planned Parenthood dropped by 180,000 visits, or 60 percent. In 2007, Planned Parenthood of Indiana had 97,900 unduplicated patients. In 2016, unduplicated patients dropped to only 51,100 in both Indiana and Kentucky. Nearly half of PPINK’s client base has left them.

In 2007, one could argue Planned Parenthood cared about sexual disease testing and preventative care. That year…

Read the rest of the column on the Indy Star website

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Indiana’s Attorney General is on our side

June 30, 2017

Before you check out for a long Independence Day holiday weekend, we thought you would be heartened to see what Indiana Attorney General Curtis Hill had to say on the latest abortion-related court ruling. This week’s preliminary injunction against portions of SEA 404, the parental rights bill, is a temporary setback, but we’re pleased AG Hill is fighting for life to prevail in Indiana!

-Mike

AG Curtis Hill

“The challenge of this law is nothing more than an attempt to give courts rather than parents the legal guardianship of children. When an unemancipated minor undergoes even the most basic medical procedures, the involvement of a parent or legal guardian is typically required. However, for the time being, Wednesday’s injunction essentially encourages a minor to go it alone through the emotionally and physically overwhelming procedure of aborting a human being. We will always support the authority of parents to know what is going on with their children and continue to defend Hoosier parents,” Hill said.

“This law already enables judges to determine that some minors could have extenuating circumstances in their relationships with their parents that make notification unwise or unsafe. In these instances, judges have full authority to waive the notification of parents. By requiring minors to notify their parents, Senate Enrolled Act 404 increases the likelihood that minors will go through this process with the support and guidance needed.”

Read on the AG’s website here.

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New Planned Parenthood CEO Worried about Regressing

June 6, 2017

Planned Parenthood of Indiana and Kentucky named its new president and CEO. Christie Gillespie, a former United Way Vice President, replaces outgoing CEO Betty Cockrum.

 

Gillespie said this to WFYI:

“Reproductive health is a top conversation right now, there’s a lot of debate and I think there are real possibilities that we may regress.”

 

We’re not really sure what Gillespie means by “regress.” Perhaps abortion numbers will continue to decline in Indiana? Maybe more women will choose life? More will find health care at places that offer a wider range of services? Is that really “regressing?”

 

Friends, you can rest assured that we will continue to closely monitor Planned Parenthood. After all, Planned Parenthood is Indiana’s biggest abortion business, aborting around 5,000 Hoosier babies each year.

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