Planned Parenthood Sues over New Abortion Complications Reporting Law

April 23, 2018

Fichter: Does Planned Parenthood Have Something to Hide?

INDIANAPOLIS – Planned Parenthood and the American Civil Liberties Union (ACLU) filed suit against Indiana’s new abortion complications reporting law, Senate Enrolled Act (SEA) 340.

“Planned Parenthood’s lawsuit is sadly predictable,” said Mike Fichter, President and CEO of Indiana Right to Life. “Almost every time Indiana lawmakers pass legislation to protect women’s health and safety, the abortion giant runs to activist judges to block the laws.

“Indiana’s new law, SEA 340 on abortion complications reporting, brings needed transparency to the abortion industry. Planned Parenthood likes to claim that abortions never harm women. If that was the case, why do they oppose this common sense law? Their lawsuit begs the question, does Planned Parenthood have something to hide?

“We are confident that Indiana’s new abortion complications reporting law will be found constitutional. In 1995, the legislature passed an informed consent bill to benefit women seeking abortions. The law was tied up in the courts for years thanks to Planned Parenthood. Once the law was found constitutional and enacted, we saw the abortion rate decline. We believe the same thing will happen here. SEA 340 helps women and unborn children in Indiana.”

According to reports, the lawsuit specifically challenges the abortion complications reporting requirements and the yearly inspection requirement.

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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Women Continue to Abandon Planned Parenthood of Indiana and Kentucky

April 23, 2018

Five protests in Indiana this Saturday Will Demand an End to Taxpayer Funding of Planned Parenthood

INDIANAPOLIS – A recent review of Planned Parenthood of Indiana and Kentucky’s (PPINK) 2017 annual report shows that clients continue to abandon the abortion business. PPINK’s client base has been cut nearly cut in half over the last decade and total visits are down 22 percent from 2016 to 2017. Only .004 percent of Indiana and Kentucky’s populations are seen by PPINK.

In 2017, PPINK had 48,888 unduplicated patients, compared to 91,168 in 2008. Unduplicated patients are down 5 percent from 2016. Those patients made 91,235 total visits to PPINK in 2017. Total visits are down 67 percent over 10 years and down 22 percent from 2016. (Note: Numbers from 2008 do not include numbers from Kentucky because the organizations had not yet merged.)

Ten years ago, there were 35 Parenthood facilities in Indiana. In 2017, there were only 17 facilities in Indiana and two facilities in Kentucky.

The majority of PPINK’s procedure numbers, excluding abortion, are drastically down over the last decade. For example, in 2008, Planned Parenthood did 46,932 pap tests, compared with 4,384 in 2017. Contraceptive numbers are also down over 10 years. Oral contraception is down 85 percent, emergency contraception is down 91 percent and condoms/spermicides are down 68 percent.

In 2017, PPINK did 5,230 abortions. This number is down 3 percent from 2016, but up 5 percent from 2008. Abortion remains a core part of PPINK’s business model.

PPINK also continues to see fewer clients in poverty. Ten years ago, 74 percent of its clients were at or below 150 percent poverty. In 2017, that number dropped to 52 percent.

“Women are abandoning Planned Parenthood in record numbers because they know they can receive quality care elsewhere,” said Sue Swayze Liebel, Vice President of Public Affairs at Indiana Right to Life. “Despite declining patient and procedure numbers, Planned Parenthood refuses to recognize that women don’t want to visit an abortion business for health services. Planned Parenthood suffered a major blow to its reputation when the Center for Medical Progress videos showed the abortion chain’s unethical dealings in the baby body parts market. Women deserve better. Taxpayers deserve better. It’s time to defund Planned Parenthood.”

Indiana has more than 3,600 federally qualified health centers, rural health clinics, Medicaid providers and Title V clinics, located throughout the state’s 92 counties.

Pro-life Hoosiers concerned about Planned Parenthood will gather this Saturday, Apr. 28, in five Indiana cities as part of the national #ProtestPP movement. Protests are planned for Fort Wayne, Indianapolis, Lafayette, Merrillville and Mishawaka. This is the third annual nationwide protest designed to expose Planned Parenthood as the nation’s largest abortion chain and to call on Congress to end all taxpayer funding to it. More details at: www.protestpp.com.

Planned Parenthood’s annual fiscal year reports are available here: www.plannedparenthood.org/planned-parenthood-indiana-kentucky/about/annual-report

For an infographic and more information on PPINK’s declines, visit www.irtl.org/PPINK.

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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Seventh Circuit Court of Appeals Rules Against Unborn Children

April 20, 2018

Indiana Attorney General Curtis Hill Urged to Appeal to the Supreme Court
CHICAGO – In a Thursday decision, the Seventh Circuit Court of Appeals struck down the civil rights protections for unborn children in HEA 1337, in the Dignity for the Unborn Act. The law prohibited abortions solely because of a child’s sex, race, national origin or a potential disability, like Down syndrome. The decision also blocked the requirement that abortion facilities treat human remains with dignity and respect, instead of throwing the bodies of these unborn children in the trash with common medical waste. The lawsuit was brought by Planned Parenthood and the American Civil Liberties Union. It was first blocked by U.S. District Court Judge Tanya Walton Pratt, who has a record of siding with the abortion industry.

“This is the civil rights battle of our time,” said Sue Swayze Liebel, Vice President of Public Affairs for Indiana Right to Life. “While the Seventh Circuit Court’s ruling is a setback, it provides great opportunity to bring this case to the Supreme Court. Previous Supreme Court decisions that give states authority to regulate abortion give us great hope that the justices would side with Indiana’s right to recognize civil rights protections for children in the womb. Indiana Attorney General Curtis Hill has a strong track record of vigorously defending laws that protect the most vulnerable, the unborn and their mothers. We urge AG Hill to appeal the Seventh Circuit Court’s ruling to the Supreme Court.”

The Seventh Circuit Court’s ruling was a 2-1 decision. In Senior Judge Daniel Manion’s dissent regarding the fetal remains portion of the law, he wrote, “That part of Indiana’s law rationally advances Indiana’s interests in protecting public sensibilities and recognizing the dignity and humanity of the unborn.”

 

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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Endorsements Made for State-Level, Contested Primary Races

April 11, 2018

Fichter: “We urge pro-life voters to use their vote on May 8 to protect life.”

INDIANAPOLIS – Today, Indiana Right to Life Political Action Committee (PAC) released its list of endorsements in state-level races. Indiana Right to Life PAC only is endorsing in contested primary races. Endorsed by Indiana Right to Life PAC prior to the May 8 Primary Election:

Jack Jordan, State Representative, District 17
David A. Wolkins, State Representative, District 18
Garen T. Bragg, State Representative, District 29
Jerry Torr, State Representative, District 39
Beau Baird, State Representative, District 44
Jess L. Norton, State Representative, District 44
John T. Young, State Representative, District 47
Christy Stutzman, State Representative, District 49
Ben Smaltz, State Representative, District 52
Richard Hamm, State Representative, District 56
Ryan Lauer, State Representative, District 59
Matt Hostettler, State Representative, District 64
Bruce Ungethiem, State Representative, District 64
Mike Bowling, State Representative, District 66
Joseph VanWye, Sr., State Representative, District 66
Jim Lucas, State Representative, District 69
Steve Davisson, State Representative, District 73
Joe Zakas, State Senator, District 11
Travis Holdman, State Senator, District 19
Mike Gaskill, State Senator, District 26
Mike Delph, State Senator, District 29
James W. Merritt, Jr., State Senator, District 31

“The Indiana legislature has made incredible policy advances to protect the unborn and their mothers, as evidenced by eight consecutive years of drops in the state abortion rate,” said Mike Fichter, Chairman of the Indiana Right to Life PAC. “With the right candidates elected in the Primary and again in November, Indiana will be poised to make more pro-life advances at the Statehouse. We urge pro-life voters to use their vote on May 8 to protect life. Our endorsed candidates are committed to the important work of defending those who cannot defend themselves, the unborn.”

The Indiana Right to Life PAC makes its endorsements based on its focused mission of protecting the right to life, especially of the unborn. Factors considered when making endorsements include incumbency, voting records on abortion-related issues in the legislature and survey responses.

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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Baby Surrendered at Michigan City Fire Station Underscores Importance of 2018 Legislation

April 9, 2018

SEA 340 Expanded Use of Baby Boxes at Indiana Fire Stations

MICHIGAN CITY, Ind. – A baby was safely surrendered Sunday into a baby box at a Michigan City fire station. Newborns up to 30 days can be anonymously surrendered under the Safe Haven Law at fire stations, hospitals and police stations. Indiana law also allows for the installation of baby boxes at hospitals and fire stations.

The Indiana General Assembly just passed Senate Enrolled Act (SEA) 340 that allows for the expansion of baby box installation at fire departments, including volunteer fire departments, that are staffed by an emergency medical services provider. Gov. Eric Holcomb signed the legislation into law on March 25. The baby box at the Coolspring Township Fire Department was grandfathered into law during the 2017 General Assembly Session.

This is the second baby surrendered in this baby box. A baby girl was surrendered last November.

“We are pleased to learn of the baby saved in the Michigan City Fire Station baby box,” said Mike Fichter, President and CEO of Indiana Right to Life. “This is the second baby who now has a chance at life. We never want a mother to feel like she is in such a desperate situation that surrendering is her only option, but it is certainly preferred to illegal abandonment.

“We commend our Indiana legislators and Gov. Eric Holcomb for recognizing the value in baby boxes. We encourage all eligible locations to consider installing and promoting them. Yesterday’s save underscores the importance of baby boxes.”

There are two baby boxes in Indiana: the Coolspring Township Fire Department at the Woodburn Fire Station.

According to Safe Haven Baby Boxes, Inc., Indiana is the only state with baby safes. Since the baby safes were introduced in Indiana, there have been no deadly abandonments. The organization reports that babies have been saved after their guardians contacted the Baby Safe Hotline at 1-866-99BABY1.

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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