Abortion Facility Applies to Open in South Bend

October 12, 2017

The following is a joint press release between St. Joseph County Right to Life and Indiana Right to Life:

St. Joseph County Had Been Abortion-Free Since Klopfer Ceased Doing Abortions in November 2015

SOUTH BEND, Ind. – St. Joseph County Right to Life and Indiana Right to Life have learned that an abortion facility has applied to open in South Bend. St. Joseph County had been abortion-free since Dr. Ulrich Klopfer, the abortion doctor who had his medical license suspended for health and safety violations, ceased doing abortions there in November 2015.

Antonio Marchi, Program Director at St. Joseph County Right to Life made the following announcement at the organization’s annual banquet tonight:

“Forty-eight hours ago, we received a phone call with the news that a provider has acquired space for a new abortion clinic on the west side of South Bend. Within hours we were there scoping out the building and surrounding area. It appears that an abortion chain from out-of-state is now renovating the space. And from what we know, this chain and the abortion doctor associated with it are among the worst of the worst. It has been confirmed that the facility’s license application is currently under review.”

“Abortion activists in South Bend have been voicing their desire for an abortion facility in town since Klopfer’s closure, so it’s not surprising they lured a business to attempt to locate there,” said Mike Fichter, President and CEO of Indiana Right to Life. “Abortion data from 2016 shows us that abortions on St. Joseph County women were down nearly 50 percent from 2015, the last year Klopfer did abortions in South Bend. In 2016 when women had to travel out of town instead of just down the street for an abortion, they had more time to consider the positive alternatives to abortion, and seek help from free resources like South Bend’s local pregnancy resource centers. We hope pro-life supporters will rise up to voice their concerns over the possibility of a new abortion facility in their community.”

The Indiana State Department of Health’s 2016 annual abortion report shows that 161 abortions were performed on women from St. Joseph County in 2016 at Indiana abortion facilities, compared to 312 abortions the prior year. In 2015, there were 578 abortions done in St. Joseph County (includes non-resident women). 2016 was the first year since 1978 that St. Joseph County reported no abortions.

Indiana Right to Life learned about the new abortion facility’s application through its regular public information requests that it makes in order to stay abreast of the status of Indiana’s abortion industry.

St. Joseph County Right to Life and Indiana Right to Life encourage pro-life supporters to voice their opposition to a new abortion facility in South Bend. The organizations are hosting a petition to elected officials at http://p2a.co/XiEMDui.

St. Joseph County Right to Life, Inc. is dedicated to the social welfare by promoting life through education and advocacy. It is the oldest, continuously active pro-life organization in St. Joseph County, and is the central organization representing pro-life interests. Its goal is to protect all innocent human life–the unborn, the infirm or handicapped, and the aged.

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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Obama-appointed Judge Sides with Planned Parenthood, Allowing Unborn Children with Down Syndrome to be Targeted for Abortion

September 25, 2017

Judge Pratt Has Long History of Ruling Against Indiana’s Abortion Laws

INDIANAPOLIS – Obama-appointed federal judge, Tanya Walton Pratt, sided with Planned Parenthood and the American Civil Liberties Union (ACLU) in their lawsuit against portions of the 2016 Dignity for the Unborn Act. Indiana’s largest abortion provider, Planned Parenthood, will continue to be able to abort unborn children for the sole reason of the child’s sex, race, national origin or a potential disability like Down syndrome. Indiana abortion providers will also continue to treat the remains of unborn children as common medical waste.

Pratt’s ruling continues her long-history of siding with the abortion industry. In March, Pratt sided with Planned Parenthood and the ACLU in their lawsuit against Indiana’s ultrasound requirement in the Dignity for the Unborn Act that specified an ultrasound be done at least 18-hours before the abortion (Indiana Attorney General Curtis Hill is appealing the ultrasound ruling). Pratt also blocked provisions of a 2011 Indiana law that denied taxpayer funds to abortion businesses and required that pregnant women be told about an unborn child’s ability to feel pain.

“We are deeply disappointed that Planned Parenthood can discriminate against unborn children and target them for abortion,” said Mike Fichter, President and CEO of Indiana Right to Life. “Planned Parenthood, the ACLU and Obama-appointed Judge Pratt do not represent the majority of Hoosiers. Our state took a proactive step in protecting the civil rights of unborn children by passing the Dignity for the Unborn Act in 2016. It’s a shame that Planned Parenthood cares more about their bottom line than recognizing the worth of children with Down syndrome. No one should be targeted for abortion solely because of their sex, race, national origin or a potential disability like Down syndrome.

“Judge Pratt’s ruling is sadly predictable, based on her previous track record. We urge Attorney General Curtis Hill to appeal.”

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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Hill Joins 19 State Attorneys General in Urging the Release of Center for Medical Progress Videos

September 7, 2017

INDIANAPOLIS – Indiana Attorney General Curtis Hill joined 19 state attorneys general in urging the U.S. Supreme Court to allow the release of videos by the Center for Medical Progress, as reported by the Associated Press on Thursday. The Center for Medical Progress videos, of which some footage first came to light in 2015, show allegedly illegal practices by Planned Parenthood and others in the abortion industry, including the sale of aborted baby body parts.

“Pro-life Hoosiers extend their sincere appreciation to Indiana Attorney General Curtis Hill for joining this effort by 19 other state attorneys general,” said Mike Fichter, President and CEO of Indiana Right to Life. “Hoosiers have a valid interest in knowing if any of the Center for Medical Progress’s videos include content from Planned Parenthood abortion facilities in Indiana.

“Since the Center for Medical Progress videos first emerged in 2015, we have learned about illegal disposal of aborted babies by an Indianapolis company because of a Missouri investigation prompted by the videos. We also know that Indiana University bought aborted baby brains for $200 each. The school is currently suing the state to continue research on aborted remains.”

More information and videos not blocked by court order are available on the Center for Medical Progress’s website at www.centerformedicalprogress.org.

Indiana AG Curtis Hill

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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Statement on Merrillville Planned Parenthood Resuming Abortions

August 1, 2017

MERRILLVILLE, IND. – Indiana Right to Life President and CEO, Mike Fichter, issued the following statement upon learning the Merrillville Planned Parenthood facility is resuming abortions after complying with Indiana’s hospital admitting privilege law by finding a local doctor willing to serve as back-up in case of medical emergencies:

“We are disappointed to learn a doctor in the Merrillville area is willing to prop up Planned Parenthood’s abortion business by serving as a state-required back-up physician with admitting privileges. Planned Parenthood of Indiana and Kentucky’s annual reports show all procedure categories are declining except abortion, so we’re not surprised Planned Parenthood would quickly find a back-up doctor to protect its lucrative abortion business. In 2016, Merrillville’s Planned Parenthood was the second busiest abortion facility in the state, doing 1,278 abortions.

“Indiana Right to Life is pleased the Indiana State Department of Health made sure the state’s admitting privilege law was being followed, and we expect them to continue doing so at Indiana’s six licensed abortion facilities. Hospital admitting privilege laws exist to ensure a woman facing a medical crisis is aided in the most expedient manner possible. Indiana Right to Life will continue to advocate for life-saving laws. We will also remain vigilant to ensure state laws are being followed by every member of the abortion industry.”

The Indiana State Department of Health is prohibited from releasing the back-up doctor’s name by state law.

Learn about Merrillville Planned Parenthood’s suspension of abortions in Indiana Right to Life’s Jul. 24 press release: www.irtl.org/2017/07/admitting-privilege-law-forces-merrillville-planned-parenthood-to-suspend-abortions.

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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Admitting Privilege Law Forces Merrillville Planned Parenthood to Suspend Abortions

July 24, 2017

Indiana Law Requires Abortion Doctors to Have Admitting Privileges or a Relationship with a Doctor Who Does

MERRILLVILLE, IND. – The Planned Parenthood facility in Merrillville, Ind. has been forced to suspend abortion procedures after losing its back-up doctor with admitting privileges as required by Indiana law.

Abortion doctors must maintain admitting privileges at a local hospital or have a relationship with a local doctor who can admit patients to a hospital in the same county or a surrounding county to the abortion facility. Admitting privilege laws give continuity of care for a patient in the case of a medical emergency.

In a letter dated Jul. 18, the Indiana Department of Health (ISDH) informed the Merrillville Planned Parenthood that it is prohibited from doing abortions until it finds a new back-up doctor and the appropriate paperwork is filed with the ISDH to certify the relationship between the local doctor and the abortion facility.

Indiana Right to Life is not aware of why the previous back-up doctor for Merrillville Planned Parenthood terminated his or her relationship with the facility.

“We’re pleased to see Indiana’s admitting privilege law being followed and enforced,” stated Mike Fichter, President and CEO of Indiana Right to Life. “Admitting privilege laws are health and safety measures. In case of an emergency, admitting privileges ensure a woman is aided in the most expedient manner possible. Admitting privileges can make a life or death difference when minutes matter.

“One of Merrillville’s abortion doctors is Mandy Gittler. One only has to look back at Gittler’s record as recently as 2012 to see how quickly emergencies can arise during abortion procedures. In July 2012, Gittler did an abortion on a 24-year-old woman, Tonya Reaves, at a Chicago Planned Parenthood. According to court documents and news reports, Gittler sent Reaves to the hospital following her abortion, where the young woman was later pronounced dead in the operating room. An autopsy by the local medical examiner determined Reaves’ death was due to a perforated uterus.

“We urge any woman considering abortion in Northwest Indiana to contact one of the area’s many pregnancy resource centers. Many of these centers offer free support, including ultrasound services. We believe as long as Planned Parenthood in Merrillville is prohibited from doing abortions, more local women will choose life for their unborn children.”

 

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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