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Governor Eric Holcomb signs his first pro-life bill into law

April 25, 2017

INDIANAPOLIS – Today, April 25, Gov. Eric Holcomb signed Senate Enrolled Act (SEA) 404 into law. SEA 404 protects minor girls, increases parental rights when a minor girl seeks abortion and helps victims of sex trafficking. Most measures in SEA 404 will take effect on July 1.

“The pro-life community extends its heartfelt appreciation to Gov. Holcolmb for signing SEA 404 into law,” said Mike Fichter, President and CEO of Indiana Right to Life. “Gov. Holcomb is a dependable friend to the unborn and their mothers. This law is the first of many pro-life advances we expect to see during Gov. Holcomb’s tenure.”

SEA 404 protects young girls by changing abortion reporting requirements to the Indiana State Department of Health and the Indiana Department of Child Services from ‘less than 14 years of age’ to ‘less than 16 years of age.’

The law increases parental rights by providing civil recourse if a parent or guardian discovers someone fraudulently posed as them to help their minor daughter get an abortion. Abortion businesses will now be required to obtaining identification for their records from the adult giving permission for the minor. Judges who give a minor permission for an abortion will notify the child’s parents, unless the judge has a valid reason to forgo notification.

Finally, SEA 404 assists victims of sex trafficking and those being coerced into an abortion by providing help information.

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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A different kind of Good Friday message

April 14, 2017

On February 22, first responders near Terre Haute received a 911 call at 3:55 a.m. concerning a child in cardiac arrest.  When sheriffs arrived on the scene, what they found turned their stomachs and broke their hearts.

A 9-year-old boy named Cameron was taken to an area hospital where he was pronounced dead.  According to police reports, Cameron weighed only 15 pounds. He was blind and suffered from cerebral palsy.  And now his brief life of suffering was over.  Investigators say he literally starved to death and that meth was found in his system.

Vigo County Sheriff Greg Ewing called it, “the most terrible thing I’ve seen in my life.”  Dr. Roland Kohr, a forensic pathologist at Terre Haute Regional Hospital, examined Cameron’s body and told news station WTHI, “I’ve done over 6,000 autopsies in my career and this is one of the most disturbing I’ve ever done. Try to imagine a 9-year-old that obviously has some developmental problems and is not a normal height for a 9-year-old. Nevertheless, this child is so severely malnourished that the closest thing I can think of are the pictures from World War II concentration camps’ liberation.  The bodies which were stacked like wood, that were literally skin and bones. This child looked like that.”

Criminal charges have been filed and justice will now take its course.  Life will move on and the 9-year-old boy who weighed only 15 pounds will be forgotten by nearly everyone. It will be as if he never even really existed.  Except that he did.  And no person with one ounce of humanity can read of his tragic life without feeling heartache, anger, or repulsion.

Cameron’s death makes me ask: why did God allow this to happen?  It’s the same question I ask about the millions of other kids, just like Cameron, only smaller and unnamed, who suffer unspeakably in their flicker of time on this earth.  I don’t have that answer, although I know it is man’s depravity and fallenness that opened the door to such evil so very long ago.

What I do know is that Cameron’s life mattered just as much as mine, just as much as yours.  I know this to be true because this month, when we reflect upon the death, burial and resurrection of Jesus Christ, we are in reality reflecting upon the pivotal point in all of human history when the God who made every one of us satisfied a  debt we could never pay so that all who receive Him are adopted as His children forever.  That’s how much we all matter to God.

The Camerons of this world-the poor, the lame, the blind and the unwanted – they all matter to the One who made us all.  Even unto the point of death.  Even when we can’t understand.  Even when it breaks our hearts.

I don’t often write about situations like this, but on this Good Friday, in remembrance of a King who willingly laid down His life for me, I just had to try and put into words something that affirmed the dignity and worth of a boy named Cameron, the 9-year-old who weighed 15 pounds, the boy who mattered to the heart of God.

May you have a blessed Good Friday.

Pro-life Bill Given Final Approval in the Indiana Senate

April 12, 2017

SEA 404 Author Sen. Erin Houchin Concurred with the Indiana House’s Changes

INDIANAPOLIS – Senate Enrolled Act (SEA) 404, which protects minor girls, increases parental rights and helps victims of sex trafficking, earned final approval in the Indiana Senate today by a vote of 31-10. Author Sen. Erin Houchin (District 47) filed a motion to concur with the Indiana House’s change on Monday.

SEA 404 protects young pregnant girls by changing abortion reporting requirements to the Indiana State Department of Health and the Indiana Department of Child Services from ‘less than 14 years of age’ to ‘less than 16 years of age.’

It also increases parental rights by providing civil recourse if a parent or guardian discovered someone fraudulently posed as them to help their minor daughter get an abortion. Abortion businesses will be tasked with obtaining identification for their records from the adult giving permission for the minor. It also requires judges who give a minor permission for an abortion to notify the minor’s parents, unless the judge has a valid reason to forgo notification.

Finally, SEA 404 assists victims of sex trafficking and those being coerced into an abortion by providing help information.

“We’re pleased to see SEA 404 will soon head to Gov. Holcomb for his signature,” said Sue Swayze Liebel, Indiana Right to Life Vice President of Public Affairs. “Indiana is a state that values life. Policy makers have a valid interest in protecting minors, recognizing parents’ rights and helping victims forced into abortions. We urge Gov. Holcomb to sign SEA 404 into law.”

Sen. Erin Houchin, Apr. 12, Indiana Senate

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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Legislators Urge Attorney General Hill to Appeal 18-Hour Ultrasound Ruling

April 10, 2017

Co-authors and Sponsors of the 2016 Dignity for the Unborn Law Disheartened by Pratt’s Ruling

The co-authors and sponsors of the 2016 Dignity for the Unborn law, House Enrolled Act (HEA) 1337, urge Indiana Attorney General Curtis Hill to appeal the recent 18-hour ultrasound ruling in a new letter.

Reps. Ron Bacon (District 75), Peggy Mayfield (District 60), Chris Judy (District 83) and Michael Young (District 35), and Sens. Liz Brown (District 15), Jim Tomes (District 49), Dennis Kruse (District 14) and Travis Holdman (District 19) wrote in the letter to Hill:

“We are requesting an immediate appeal of this injunction until the case is fully resolved before the court and ask your office to vigorously defend the law being challenged throughout the final resolution of the case. It is our belief that the State of Indiana plays a pivotal role in protecting and preserving all life by upholding the dignity and humanity of the unborn. Our intent with HEA 1337 was to ensure that Indiana’s policy is to value life no matter who you are, where you come from, or what your disability may be; so to have that belief labeled as an ‘undue burden’ is disheartening to say the least.”

The full text of the letter is available here.

“Planned Parenthood doesn’t want women to see an ultrasound of their developing children 18-hours before an abortion because it gives women time to reconsider the profound decision that they are about to make,” said Mike Fichter, President and CEO of Indiana Right to Life. “Planned Parenthood knows cancelled abortion appointments cut into their bottom line. Planned Parenthood could easily install ultrasound machines at all 17 of their Indiana facilities in order to comply with the law. But, Planned Parenthood would rather challenge this simple law in court because they know activist judges are on their side.

“We extend our sincere thanks to Reps. Bacon, Mayfield, Judy and Young, and Sens. Brown, Tomes, Kruse and Holdman for standing up for the Dignity for the Unborn law. We, too, urge Attorney General Hill to appeal Judge Pratt’s decision that favors Planned Parenthood.”

On Mar. 31, federal Judge Tanya Pratt granted an injunction against the 18-hour ultrasound requirement in the Dignity for the Unborn law. The law added a time requirement of at least 18-hours to the mandatory ultrasound requirement, already in state law. Planned Parenthood and the American Civil Liberties Union celebrated their win following Pratt’s ruling.

Legislator letter

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 Hoosiers Pleased Gorsuch Will Serve on Supreme Court

April 7, 2017

WASHINGTON – Indiana Right to Life’s President and CEO, Mike Fichter, released the following statement upon the confirmation of Neil Gorsuch to the U.S. Supreme Court:

“We’re thrilled the U.S. Senate confirmed Neil Gorsuch to serve a lifelong appointment to the U.S. Supreme Court. Gorsuch recognizes the sanctity of human life. He is a conservative pick who has stated, ‘Human life is fundamentally and inherently valuable.’

“Thousands of pro-life Hoosiers spent countless hours urging their senators to support Gorsuch. From signing our petition to attending rallies outside of offices of the non-committal Sen. Joe Donnelly, Hoosiers were willing to make their voices heard. Hoosiers were undeniably dedicated in their effort to ensure Gorsuch’s confirmation.”

Indiana Right to Life and several of its affiliates joined the Pro-life Court Coalition in sending a letter in support of Gorsuch to the U.S. Senate. The text of the letter, signed by sixty organizations is available here.

Indiana’s Senators, Todd Young and Joe Donnelly, voted for Gorsuch.

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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