Indiana House Passes Dismemberment Ban By 71-25 Margin, Bill Moves To Senate

February 22, 2019

INDIANAPOLIS – The Indiana House today passed House Bill 1211, a ban on dismemberment abortions, by a landslide 71-25 margin.  The bill, authored by Rep. Peggy Mayfield and co-authored by Rep. Christy Stutzman, now moves to the Indiana Senate.   The bill passed with bipartisan support as five Democrat legislators voted yes.

“Today’s historic vote brings us one step closer to ending barbaric dismemberment abortions in Indiana,” states Indiana Right to Life President and CEO Mike Fichter.  “We look forward to the Senate taking equally decisive action in the weeks ahead.”

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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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Supreme Court Rejects Abortion Business Appeal

February 20, 2019

WASHINGTON – The United States Supreme Court today rejected an appeal by abortion provider Whole Woman’s Health in its suit against the Texas Catholic Bishops Conference.

In March 2018, Whole Woman’s Health served the Bishops with a subpoena, demanding access to decades’ worth of the Bishops’ communications regarding the topic of abortion, including internal communications regarding moral and theological deliberations among the Bishops.

The Bishops filed an emergency appeal to the Fifth Circuit after a trial judge ordered the Bishops to hand over their internal communications in June 2018. The Fifth Circuit granted the Bishops permanent protection on July 15, 2018, holding that the bishops should be protected from a “‘Hobson’s choice’ of retreating from the public square or defending [their] position.”

Whole Woman’s Health is continuing its effort to open an abortion business in South Bend after losing its 2018 appeal of a licensing denial by the Indiana State Department of Health.
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 Indiana’s Appeal of Ultrasound Law to Supreme Court

February 6, 2019

INDIANAPOLIS – This week, Indiana Attorney General Curtis Hill petitioned the Supreme Court to review the preliminary injunction against the 18-hour ultrasound provision in the 2016 Dignity for the Unborn Act. Indiana Right to Life President and CEO Mike Fichter gave the following statement:

“We applaud Indiana’s appeal to the Supreme Court to reverse the injunction blocking the right of women to see an ultrasound of their unborn babies at least 18 hours prior to an abortion.  Since the injunction, abortions in Indiana have spiked compared to the six months when the law was in effect. This isn’t about inconvenience to women, it’s about abortion providers not wanting women to be fully informed about the humanity of their unborn children when making life or death decisions. It is remarkable that Planned Parenthood, with a budget exceeding $15 million in Indiana, complained in its suit the law might require them to purchase ultrasound equipment for locations other than its four abortion clinics in the state.”

Indiana’s abortion numbers rose dramatically in 2017 following the blockage of Indiana’s ultrasound law by U.S. District Court Judge Tanya Walton Pratt. The increase of 496 abortions in 2017 compared to 2016 marks the first upward swing in abortions in Indiana since 2009, according to the Indiana State Department of Health’s 2017 Induced Terminated Pregnancy Report.

The 2016 Dignity for the Unborn Act signed into law by then-Gov. Mike Pence, contained a requirement that any woman seeking an abortion must be given the opportunity to view an ultrasound of her unborn baby at least 18 hours prior to an abortion. The ultrasound provision was challenged by the American Civil Liberties Union and Planned Parenthood in July 2016 in the wake of the Supreme Court’s Whole Woman’s Health v. Hellerstedt ruling, but remained in effect until Pratt’s injunction in April 2017.

From July through December 2016, while the ultrasound law was in effect, there were 3,317 abortions in Indiana. During the same period of July through December 2017, after the blockage of the law, abortions spiked to 3,813 in Indiana, a 13 percent increase compared to 2016. A significant portion of the increase was due to a massive 33 percent increase in women from out of state coming to Indiana for abortions, with 296 abortions on out of state women in 2017 compared to 222 in 2016.

In total, there were 496 more abortions done in Indiana from July through December 2017 compared to the same period in 2016. When considering the overall annual increase in abortions in 2017 was 498 compared to 2016, the impact of the blockage of Indiana’s ultrasound law is clear.

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 Community Hopeful Dignity for Unborn Law Will Be Heard by Supreme Court

January 2, 2019

Supreme Court Has Dignity for Unborn Law on Friday’s Conference Calendar 

WASHINGTON  – The U.S. Supreme Court has placed the Dignity for the Unborn law on its conference calendar for Friday, Jan. 4. The justices will consider the petitions for hearing oral arguments in the case, Kristina Box, Commissioner, Indiana Department of Health et al. v. Planned Parenthood of Indiana and Kentucky, Inc., et al..

The Dignity for the Unborn law, signed in 2016 by then-Gov. Mike Pence, bars discriminatory abortions because of the child’s sex, race, national origin or a potential disability like Down syndrome. It also prohibits abortion businesses from disposing of human remains with common medical waste.

“The abortion industry wants you to believe Roe v. Wade is settled, but the Dignity for the Unborn law has the potential to shake the foundations of legalized abortion,” said Mike Fichter, President and CEO of Indiana Right to Life. “By arguing against the Dignity for the Unborn law, Planned Parenthood is advocating for the systematic targeting of classes of unborn children it deems less valuable than others. Planned Parenthood wants to profit off a woman aborting a child because of the child being a girl, or because the child has Down syndrome. That is not what our country is about. We pray the Supreme Court will recognize that the Dignity for the Unborn law deserves its day in court.”

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.

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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