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Indiana’s Abortion Laws Targeted by Abortion Industry in New Lawsuit

June 21, 2018

Fichter: Indiana’s Pro-Life Elected Officials Will Protect Women and Children

INDIANAPOLIS – Whole Woman’s Health Alliance (WWHA) and Bloomington’s pro-abortion, All-Options Pregnancy Resource Center, are suing Indiana over its abortion laws. The lawsuit is targeting many abortion laws, including informed consent measures, physical building standards and more.

“The abortion industry has never found an abortion law it likes, even when the laws protect women’s health and safety,” said Mike Fichter, President and CEO of Indiana Right to Life. “The new lawsuit by WWHA and Bloomington’s pro-abortion, All-Options Pregnancy Resource Center, is led by organizations who care more about profits than the women they claim to serve. WWHA has made no secret it is repulsed by Indiana’s abortion laws. We believe this is why WWHA came to Indiana – to gain standing in order to dismantle every meaningful abortion law in the wake of Hellerstedt, WWHA’s Supreme Court victory.

“Indiana is ground zero in the fight to protect women and unborn children. We are confident Indiana’s elected officials will remain steadfast in their defense of women and children and swiftly and strongly fight WWHA’s lawsuit.”

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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Banks and Rokita Call on Indiana Attorney General to Investigate Abortions on Minors

June 21, 2018

WASHINGTON – U.S. Representatives Jim Banks (IN-3) and Todd Rokita (IN-4) have sent a letter to Indiana Attorney General Curtis Hill regarding the alleged failure of abortion doctors to report abortions done on girls under 16 years of age to the Department of Child Services as required by law.

Banks and Rokita’s letter to Hill raises concerns about the abortion facilities receiving federal Title X funds. The letter begins:

“It has come to our attention that since July 1, 2017, 48 abortions were performed on minors under 16 years of age by nine abortion doctors in six facilities within the state of Indiana. We are concerned that these entities may be recipients of federal Title X grant funds, which require compliance with state laws to ensure proper precautions by taken by doctors and staff to flag any potential child abuse, molestation, sexual abuse, rape or incest. These facilities face allegations of failing to report the abortion procedures on minors to the Department of Child Services as required by state law, which, if they had received Title X funds, would be a violation of federal law.”

Banks and Rokita go on to say, “We support an immediate investigation into these providers for their use of Title X funds as well as the purported violations of the law.”

“We commend Reps. Banks and Rokita for recognizing the seriousness of the allegations against nine Indiana abortion doctors,” said Mike Fichter, President and CEO of Indiana Right to Life. “The apparent failure of the abortion doctors to report abortions done on girls under 16 has likely enabled sexual perpetrators and sex traffickers to continue abuse against young victims.”

Reps. Banks and Rokita

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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Complaints Filed Against Nine Indiana Abortion Doctors for Failing to Report Child Sex Abuse

June 20, 2018

Abortion Doctor Jeffrey Glazer, Medical Director for South Bend’s Proposed Abortion Site, Allegedly Failed to Report an Abortion on a 12-year-old  
INDIANAPOLIS, BLOOMINGTON, LAFAYETTE, MERRILLVILLE and SOUTH BEND, Ind. – Today, concerned Hoosier mothers and other pro-life activists are holding five news conferences throughout Indiana regarding Indiana abortion doctors and child sex abuse. Indiana law requires reporting of abortions on girls under 16 to the Indiana State Department of Health (ISDH) and the Indiana Department of Child Services (DCS) within three days of the abortion so that authorities can investigate potential child sex abuse.

Forty-eight consumer complaints have been filed against nine Indiana abortion doctors who have allegedly failed to follow the legal reporting requirements to protect young children from sex abuse. The doctors are: Jeffrey Glazer, Caitlin Bernard, Cassandra Cashman, Carol Dellinger, Mandy Gittler, Kathleen Glover, Martin Haskell, Resad Pasic and Sarah Turner. They are employed at all licensed Indiana abortion facilities: Women’s Med Center in Indianapolis, Clinic for Women in Indianapolis, and Planned Parenthood in Indianapolis, Lafayette, Bloomington and Merrillville.

Some of the girls under 16 years old who had abortions that weren’t reported to DCS were as young as 12 and 13. The alleged 48 instances of failure to report occurred since July 1, 2017. The 48 consumer complaints have been filed with Indiana Attorney General Curtis Hill and the Indiana State Department of Health. The Marion, Lake, Tippecanoe and Monroe county prosecutors have also been notified.

The pro-life community is especially concerned with the apparent non-reporting of underage abortions by abortion doctor Glazer. Glazer has 11 complaints filed against him, including for not notifying DCS of an abortion on a 12-year-old girl. Glazer was recently listed as the medical director for Whole Woman’s Health Alliance’s proposed abortion facility in South Bend.  The state denied its license application citing poor character and integrity of that company.

In Indiana, it’s a crime for a person 18 or over to engage in any sexual activity with a child under age 16. Indiana lawmakers clarified state reporting requirements in 2017, instructing abortion doctors to report all abortions on girls under 16 to ISDH and DCS within three days of the abortion. Prior to July 1, 2017, state law explicitly required the reporting of abortions on girls under 14.

The five news conferences today throughout Indiana will share information about every licensed abortion facility in Indiana and the facility in South Bend that applied for an Indiana abortion license. The news conference schedule is as follows:

8:30 a.m. EDT – Monroe County Courthouse, Bloomington, Ind.
9 a.m. EDT – outside of Lafayette Planned Parenthood
11:00 a.m. EDT – in the North Atrium of the State Capitol Building, Indianapolis
12:00 p.m. EDT/11 a.m. CDT – outside Merrillville Planned Parenthood
2:30 p.m. EDT – easement across from Whole Woman’s Health in South Bend

All news conferences will be livestreamed at www.facebook.com/IndianaRTL.

Two additional complaints are also being filed against Lafayette’s Planned Parenthood for reporting two surgical abortions; Lafayette is only permitted to do chemical abortions.

Indiana Right to Life and its county affiliates uncovered the reporting issues by examining publicly-available termination of pregnancy reports. See an example termination of pregnancy report: https://www.irtl.org/wp-content/uploads/2018/06/TPR.pdf

“In the era of #MeToo and #TimesUp, we’re demanding answers and action,” said Cathie Humbarger, Vice President of Policy Enforcement for Indiana Right to Life. “The 48 complaints represent a widespread problem throughout Indiana’s abortion industry. These nine abortion doctors must be held accountable. Their alleged negligence has further victimized the children suffering at the hands of their perpetrators. We call on the Indiana Medical Licensing Board, the Indiana State Department of Health and local prosecutors to take appropriate action against these abortion doctors, including review of their medical licenses and fines for each non-report. Possible cover-up of child sexual abuse cannot be tolerated. An immediate suspension of licenses for abortion facilities may be in order pending a complete investigation.”

“In recent years, Indiana has made significant legislative changes aimed at protecting the most vulnerable in our state – including young girls under the age of 16 who seek to have an abortion,” said Ind. Sen. Erin Houchin (District 47), author of 2017 law on reporting requirements. “When these minors obtain abortions, it is critical for their cases to be referred to and investigated by the appropriate agencies to determine if any illegal activity took place, and if these young girls were victimized or are in danger in any way. Alleged failures to report cases to the DCS and ISDH are negligent and frightening, and must be investigated.”

“In 2008, Live Action Films released undercover video footage showing the Bloomington Planned Parenthood seemingly ignore state reporting laws for statutory rape,” said Monica Siefker, of Indiana Right to Life’s Bloomington affiliate. “Fast-forward to 2018 where it appears that Planned Parenthood, the state’s largest abortion provider, is failing to follow the law yet again by the non-reporting of abortions performed on underage girls to proper authorities. Not only does Planned Parenthood have a grave disrespect for the lives of the unborn, but apparently they also appear to have contempt for young girls.”

“We think it is outrageous that the abortion facilities in our state would put young girls at risk, sending them back to unknown kinds of abuse,” said Tippecanoe County Right to Life President Kevin Niebrugge. “We are also praying that innocent young girls can be rescued from abusive situations, and ask that all of Indiana join us in a prayer to God for their safety.”

 “The alleged failure of these abortion doctors to protect young girls from sexual abuse is evidence that the abortion industry cares more about profits than they do about their patients,” said Marc Tuttle, President of Right to Life of Indianapolis. “Sexually irresponsible men have always used abortion to avoid the consequences of exploiting women and it appears every abortion business in the state has enabled that disgusting behavior.”

“It is sad that even one of these girls might be a victim of sexual trafficking or sexual abuse,” said Lynne Scherschel, Vice President of the Lake County Right to Life Board of Directors. “It is truly unconscionable that if no report was made resulting in no investigation, then Planned Parenthood may have sent one or more of these children right back into an abusive situation.”

“The average age for a child to be groomed is 11 years old; the average age for a child to be taken into trafficking is 15,” said Crista Miller, Founding Director of Giving Teens Grace, Inc., an Indiana nonprofit. “We have to step up and protect the children of Indiana with bold and immediate action against any clinic or staff found not reporting underage abortions.”

“By doing abortions on girls as young as 12 years of age and allegedly not reporting correctly Dr. Jeffrey Glazer has continued to show his disregard for the health and well being of girls and women,” said Jodi Smith, central Indiana resident who filed complaints against Glazer. “We have deep concerns about him doing abortions in Indianapolis and being the medical director for the abortion business attempting to open in South Bend.”

“St. Joseph County Right to Life stands firm to protect the health and safety of minors at risk of sexual abuse in our community,” said Antonio Marchi, Program Director of St. Joseph County Right to Life. “We urge the Attorney General and the State Department of Health to hold Whole Woman’s Health Alliance and Dr. Jeffrey Glazer accountable when it comes to upholding proper standards of care and adhering to a reasonable obligation to protect these young girls.”

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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Trump Proposes Protect Life Rule to End Funding to Planned Parenthood

May 18, 2018

Hoosier Women React Positively to the Trump’s Protect Life Rule 
WASHINGTON – President Trump is expected to propose the Protect Life Rule today, to end Title X taxpayer funds from going to abortion providers, including Planned Parenthood.

Planned Parenthood facilities are only 13 percent of nearly 4,000 Title X-funded facilities serving women across the nation. The millions of dollars that Planned Parenthood and other abortion providers stand to lose will be redirected to abortion-free health centers.

In 2011, Indiana lawmakers voted to block Medicaid funds from going to abortion providers within the state. However, this effort didn’t affect Title X dollars as those funds are handled federally by Health and Human Services (HHS). HHS sends Title X funds to the Indiana Family Health Council, which then directs the funds to entities it contracts with. There is little transparency for the Indiana Family Health Council, though documents show it directed $1.6 million to Planned Parenthood of Indiana in 2012.

Indiana Right to Life will be monitoring the Protect Life Rule closely once enacted, to ensure the Indiana Family Health Council ceases funding of Planned Parenthood in Indiana. Planned Parenthood is the state’s largest abortion chain, doing more than 5,000 abortions per year.

“Women deserve better than Planned Parenthood, a business that profits every time a child loses his or her life,” said Sue Swayze Liebel, Vice President of Public Affairs for Indiana Right to Life. “Planned Parenthood claims it doesn’t use federal funds on abortions, but we all know that the government money it receives is fungible. Our taxpayer dollars pay for staff hours, building rent, electricity and more at its four Indiana facilities that do abortions.

“Planned Parenthood of Indiana and Kentucky’s (PPINK) own reports show that women are abandoning the abortion provider. 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.”

“Supporters of Planned Parenthood will decry Trump’s Protect Life Rule, claiming women will have no access to birth control, sexual disease testing or preventative care. That is simply not true. PPINK’s reports show pap tests are down more than 90 percent over 10 years and pregnancy tests are down 50 percent over 10 years. Only HIV test are up over a decade; chlamydia and gonorrhea tests are both down 40 percent in that same period. Oral contraception is down 85 percent over 10 years, emergency contraception is down 91 percent over 10 years and condoms/spermicides are down 68 percent over 10 years. Only .004 percent of Indiana and Kentucky’s populations are even seen by PPINK.

“Our tax dollars are better spent at facilities that help women and offer life-affirming health care. I’m proud to support President Trump’s proposed Protect Life Rule.”

Indiana Senator Erin Houchin (District 47) said: “I applaud President Trump and his administration for taking a bold stand for life with the proposal of the Protect Life Rule. By prohibiting Title X funds from going to abortion providers, we will ensure that taxpayer dollars are not being spent on ending innocent lives, and will instead be directed to life-affirming healthcare and family-planning organizations. Indiana has been a leader in the pro-life movement, and I am proud of the President for fighting for women’s health and the unborn on a national scale.”

Indiana Senator Liz Brown (District 15) added: “I applaud President Trump for his courageous decision on the proposed Protect Life Rule. I stand with Hoosiers who prefer our tax dollars be used for improving the health of all Hoosiers, not for the taking of innocent life.”

Indiana Representative Peggy Mayfield (District 60) commented: “Hoosier women deserve care that focuses on their well-being and health, rather than the push toward the profitability of abortion and the destruction of the life of their child. We know that community health centers and other types of clinics available in Indiana focus on the health of women. Not only do these 3,600 alternative locations provide more comprehensive healthcare compared to Planned Parenthood’s limited services at 17 facilities, but they outnumber the abortion giant’s number of locations more than 200 to 1. The stand-alone family planning clinic has become a thing of the past and the new Title X regulations recognize that.”

More information on PPINK’s decline is available at www.irtl.org/ppink.

Indiana Right to Life is sponsoring a “Thank You” to President Trump at https://p2a.co/AUc4BSw. Pro-life citizens can also text TRUMP to 52886. (Indiana Right to Life, Inc.  Action Alerts. Message Frequency. Message and Data Rates May Apply. Reply STOP to optout, HELP for help)

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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Planned Parenthood Fundraiser for Abortion Doctors Falls Flat. This Is the Most Perfect Pro-Life Response.

May 4, 2018

Introducing the first “Indiana Pregnancy Resource Center Staff Appreciation Day”

https://www.youcaring.com/indianapregnancyresourcecenterstaff-1179829

Planned Parenthood of Indiana and Kentucky recently sought donations for National Day of Appreciation for Abortion Providers. Their fundraiser fell flat. Like, really flat. Despite emotional videos and flashy graphics, they only got three donations. Yes, three donations, for a measly grand total of $58.65.

It could be that people don’t really want to send their hard-earned money to those that dismember and discard the bodies of unborn children. Or maybe they figure that abortion providers already make enough money, considering they charge women hundreds of dollars per abortion.

This wildly unpopular fundraiser for abortion providers made us wonder, do we do enough to say “thank you” to the incredible staffs at pregnancy resource centers who save lives?

Pregnancy resource center staff are unsung heroes of the pro-life movement. They are on the frontlines every day, working tirelessly to save women and their unborn babies from abortion. They don’t only help a woman during her 9 months of pregnancy, but they offer loving support as she learns to parent. Pregnancy resource centers offer material support like diapers and baby clothes to help new families on their new parenting journey. Pregnancy resource center staff know that love saves lives, and they live that love every day.

We’re designating this Mother’s Day as “Indiana’s Pregnancy Resource Center Staff Appreciation Day.” And we’re putting together a fundraiser for a Coffee and Donuts Thank You Party to say “thank you” to pregnancy resource center staff members. Chip in a $5 or more donation to show your appreciation to all these incredible workers.

For every $25 donated, we’ll pull one name out of the diaper bag to receive a check for a Coffee and Donuts Thank You Party. We’d love to send a check to all 62 centers that are members of the Indiana Association of Pregnancy Centers. Help us meet our goal of $1,550 to do that.

Donate here. Then spread the word. Forward this page via email. Share the fundraiser on Facebook or Twitter using #appreciatePRCs.

Is there anyone in the pro-life movement more deserving of our appreciation than the loving pregnancy resource center staff that save lives every single day? There’s no telling how many babies and mothers have been spared from abortion because of the love of these individuals. Say “thank you” today with a donation.

DONATE HERE: www.youcaring.com/appreciatePRCs

 

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