2018 Indiana Law Will Help Bring Justice for Unborn Child Killed in Mishawaka

December 11, 2018

MISHAWAKA, Ind. – News reports say authorities have arrested a 16-year-old boy for the murder of a pregnant 17-year-old from Mishawaka, Ind. A new Indiana law will allow prosecutors to seek additional murder charges because the murder victim was pregnant.

Signed in March by Gov. Eric Holcomb, Senate Enrolled Act 203 permits 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 six to 20 years. Sen. Aaron Freeman (District 32) authored the bill after hearing from a woman in his district whose pregnant daughter and grandchild were killed in a homicide.

“The news that a pregnant teenager and her unborn child were murdered is a tragedy for the community of Mishawaka and our entire state,” said Sue Swayze Liebel, Vice President of Public Affairs for Indiana Right to Life. “We hope prosecutors will use the 2018 law to bring justice for the unborn child, who, along with the mother, did not deserve this fate. Join us in praying for the family grieving the loss of their two loved ones.”

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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Decision by Appeals Panel Will Keep South Bend Abortion-Free

November 28, 2018

INDIANAPOLIS – Today a three-member appeals panel met in Indianapolis to determine the future of the proposed abortion facility in South Bend, Ind. After a nearly two-hour hearing, the panel overturned an administrative judge’s October recommendation that Whole Woman’s Health Alliance (WWHA) be granted an abortion license. Today’s appeals panel’s 2-1 decision will keep South Bend abortion-free, though WWHA has pledged to appeal and continue its legal battle.

The appeals panel consisted of an administrative law judge and two members of the Indiana State Department of Health’s executive board.

WWHA first applied for an abortion facility license in 2017. The State of Indiana denied WWHA’s application for an abortion license in January. The denial letter stated: “Based upon the Department’s review, the Commissioner finds WWHA failed to meet the requirement that the Applicant is of reputable and responsible character and the supporting documentation provided inaccurate statements and information.”

“The appeals panel delivered great news for the health and safety of women and children in South Bend,” said Mike Fichter, President and CEO of Indiana Right to Life. “The effort to keep South Bend abortion-free has been ongoing for more than a year, and we hope this is the final resolution. But if the abortion operators continue their legal battle, we pray the state will continue their own diligent work so that the abortion facility never opens in South Bend.”

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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Wednesday Hearing on Proposed Abortion Facility in South Bend

November 27, 2018

INDIANAPOLIS – A hearing is set for Wednesday in Indianapolis to determine the future of the proposed abortion facility in South Bend, Ind. A three-member appeals panel will consider the state’s appeal of an October recommendation by an administrative judge to grant an abortion license to Whole Woman’s Health Alliance (WWHA).

The three-member appeals panel will consist of an administrative law judge and two members of the Indiana State Department of Health’s executive board. According to the South Bend Tribune, the ISDH didn’t hand-pick panel members.

WWHA first applied for an abortion facility license in 2017. The State of Indiana denied WWHA’s application for an abortion license in January. The denial letter stated: “Based upon the Department’s review, the Commissioner finds WWHA failed to meet the requirement that the Applicant is of reputable and responsible character and the supporting documentation provided inaccurate statements and information.”

“We urge the members of the appeals panel to remember women’s health and safety is at stake in South Bend,” said Mike Fichter. “Women deserve better than abortion. If given the opportunity to open, WWHA will begin aborting unborn children immediately. We don’t want WWHA to have that opportunity. We are praying the appeals panel will make a decision that protects life in South Bend.”
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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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Hoosiers Vote to Send Strong Pro-life Senator to Washington

November 7, 2018

Mike Braun Will Be Dependable Voice for Women and the Unborn  

INDIANAPOLIS – Mike Braun is the winner in Indiana’s U.S. Senate race, unseating incumbent Joe Donnelly. Indiana Right to Life President and CEO, Mike Fichter, gave the following statement:

“The pro-life community felt betrayed by Donnelly, who frequently took positions demanded by the abortion lobby. Unlike Donnelly, senator-elect Mike Braun will stand for our pro-life values in Washington. Indiana is a pro-life state. We’re showing it by having two dependable pro-life voices, Mike Braun and Todd Young, represent us in the U.S. Senate. We look forward to working with Braun to protect children from abortion.”

Seven pro-life individuals will represent Hoosiers in the U.S. House of Representatives. Winning their races are Jackie Walorski (IN -2), Jim Banks (IN-3), Jim Baird (IN-4), Susan Brooks (IN-5), Greg Pence (IN-6), Larry Bucshon (IN-8) and Trey Hollingsworth (IN-9).

The pro-life community is also pleased to see pro-life individuals return to state offices and a pro-life majority return to the General Assembly.

Mike Braun

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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Pro-Life Voters Urged to Vote for Indiana Right to Life PAC-Endorsed Candidates

November 2, 2018

INDIANAPOLIS – Indiana Right to Life Political Action Committee (PAC) Chairman, Mike Fichter, urged pro-life voters to support candidates committed to protecting life with the following statement:

“We have one chance to protect life with our vote. Let’s make this election count for the unborn. We need federal representatives who will work with pro-life President Trump to end taxpayer funding to Planned Parenthood and protect the unborn and their mothers. We need to keep a strong pro-life majority in the Statehouse so we can continue passing ground-breaking laws. Make plans to vote early or get to your polling place on Tuesday. Act now to encourage friends to vote pro-life too.”

The Indiana Right to Life PAC endorsed Mike Braun for U.S. Senate. For U.S. House of Representatives it endorsed Jackie Walorski (IN-2), Jim Banks (IN-3), Jim Baird (IN-4), Susan Brooks (IN-5), Greg Pence (IN-6), Larry Bucshon (IN-8) and Trey Hollingsworth (IN-9). For statewide offices, Secretary of State Connie Lawson, State Auditor Tera Klutz and State Treasurer Kelly Mitchell, all received endorsements.

Indiana Right to Life PAC’s full list of endorsements, including candidates for the Indiana Senate and House, is available here: https://www.irtl.org/wp-content/uploads/2014/05/2018-Endorsement-List-10312018-2.pdf.

Indiana Right to Life PAC works to elect pro-life candidates to public office for the purpose of enacting public policy that protects the right to life of all persons, including the unborn. Indiana Right to Life PAC believes that the issue of life is paramount to all other issues because without the right to life, all other freedoms are without meaning.

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