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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.

A special Christmas message for you from Mike Fichter

December 24, 2018

Killing. Fires. Violence. Incivility. Storms. Hatred. Drugs. Upheaval. Insecurity. Shootings. Uncertainty. Abuse. Earthquakes. Heartache. Scandal. Division.

If these are some of the words you might use to summarize the past year, you are not alone. It seems in every direction we turn, the brokenness of our world becomes more readily apparent while the beauty of life is harder to find. Things we thought we would never see are now commonplace. Things we thought would end long ago continue. We can even be tempted into wondering if anyone even cares.

Perhaps you are fearful. Perhaps you are tired. Perhaps you are angry.

Perhaps you are just looking for a reason to hope.

It is for you that I offer this Christmas prayer.

May your heart be joyful in celebrating the birth of a King who loves you enough to leave His heavenly realm, take on flesh, and lay down His life, for you.

May you experience the glory of knowing that God so loved the world that He gave His only begotten son, so that whosoever believes in Him should not perish, but have eternal life.

May the praise of His virgin mother echo in your soul as you sing her words, “My soul magnifies the Lord, and my spirit rejoices in God my Savior.”

May the simplicity of the shepherds’ worship be yours.

May His example of loving the lost, the lonely and the hurting, be the star you follow in life.

May His birth remind you that He, too, was once an unborn child.

May you always have a child-like faith.

May you always have room for Him in your heart.

May you not fear the trials of a broken world.

May you always see the cross in the shadow of the manger.

May you bow in awe, even at Christmas, at the empty tomb.

May you expectantly watch for His imminent return.

May you trust that one day, for all who have loved His appearing, every tear will be wiped away and all will be made new.

No more killing. No more fires. No more violence. No more incivility. No more storms. No more hatred. No more drugs. No more upheaval. No more insecurity. No more shootings. No more uncertainty. No more abuse. No more earthquakes. No more heartache. No more scandal. No more division.

Find hope in the real meaning of Christmas. Glory to God in the highest.

May you and your family have a blessed Christmas.

 

Mike Fichter
President and CEO
Indiana Right to Life

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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Be Encouraged: Letters from Indiana’s U.S. Senators

December 6, 2018

Be encouraged. Indiana has strong, pro-life representation in the U.S. Senate. Senator Todd Young and Senator-elect Mike Braun recognize the unborn have a right to life and will stand with us in the fight to defend that right. Recently Senator Young and Senator-elect Braun sent letters to our Christmas Gala. We invite you to read these letters and be encouraged by their pro-life stand.

 

 

 

 

 

 

Letter from Senator Todd Young:

Fellow Hoosiers:

I want to start by giving my heartfelt thanks to you for leading the fight to protect the unborn. The pro-life movement has been, and always will be strong due to dedicated grassroots champions like yourselves. In a time when local officials are trying to dictate where crisis pregnancy centers can and cannot open, we need you now more than ever. In Washington, every day is a battle to protect the sanctity of life.

The Senate has partnered with President Trump to fill our federal courts with judges and justices who strictly interpret the Constitution. The confirmation of Supreme Court Justice Neil Gorsuch was a monumental victory, but it was just a start. We’ve since confirmed Notre Dame’s Amy Coney Barrett to Indiana’s 7th Circuit Court of Appeals, and dozens more. Finally, I have personally worked hard to promote the gifts of foster parenting and adoption. We’ve successfully intervened when international adoptions have fallen apart. I’ve introduced legislation to modernize foster placement. And, I’m proud to say the adoption tax credit stayed in place in our tax reform bill. There is much more to do, so I hope you continue to passionately advocate for those who cannot advocate for themselves. Thank you for all you do in contributing to the success of this state. I look forward to speaking with you in person soon. It is an honor to represent you in the US Senate.

Your friend in service,

Todd Young

United States Senator

Letter from Senator-elect Mike Braun:

Friends,

I write today to send my regrets that I could not join you for your celebration of life this Christmas season.

As a father and grandfather, defending the sanctity of life has always been a solemn responsibility to me, and throughout my journey to serve our state in the U.S. Senate the Indiana Right to Life has been a steadfast ally, and I am lucky enough to count many of you in attendance tonight as dear friends.

Indiana Right to Life’s support made a tremendous difference in that endeavor, and your support and encouragement along the way has been a constant, humbling source of inspiration and pride for me. Your activism and passion for life makes a real difference for Hoosiers, and I am proud to be a small part of it.

I’d like to wish everyone in attendance tonight and your loved ones a merry and safe Christmas season, and I hope to hear from all of you how I can better serve you and your family as your next Senator.

Thank you all again, sincerely, for everything you do to protect and defend the rights of our most vulnerable.

Take care,

Mike Braun

Senator-elect from Indiana

Decision by Appeals Panel Will Keep South Bend Abortion-Free

November 28, 2018

INDIANAPOLIS – Today a three-member appeals panel met in Indianapolis to determine the future of the proposed abortion facility in South Bend, Ind. After a nearly two-hour hearing, the panel overturned an administrative judge’s October recommendation that Whole Woman’s Health Alliance (WWHA) be granted an abortion license. Today’s appeals panel’s 2-1 decision will keep South Bend abortion-free, though WWHA has pledged to appeal and continue its legal battle.

The appeals panel consisted of an administrative law judge and two members of the Indiana State Department of Health’s executive board.

WWHA first applied for an abortion facility license in 2017. The State of Indiana denied WWHA’s application for an abortion license in January. The denial letter stated: “Based upon the Department’s review, the Commissioner finds WWHA failed to meet the requirement that the Applicant is of reputable and responsible character and the supporting documentation provided inaccurate statements and information.”

“The appeals panel delivered great news for the health and safety of women and children in South Bend,” said Mike Fichter, President and CEO of Indiana Right to Life. “The effort to keep South Bend abortion-free has been ongoing for more than a year, and we hope this is the final resolution. But if the abortion operators continue their legal battle, we pray the state will continue their own diligent work so that the abortion facility never opens in South Bend.”

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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