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Sen. Banks to participate in Right to Life Forum

From IN.GOV:

STATEHOUSE (Jan. 11, 2012) – State Sen. Jim Banks (R-Columbia City) said today he will participate on a discussion panel at the 10th Annual Allen County Right to Life Legislative Action Forum.

Senate President Pro Tem David Long, State Reps. Kathy Heuer and Bob Morris, and U.S. Rep. Marlin Stutzman’s staff will join Banks on the panel.

The forum is an opportunity for citizens to speak informally with elected officials about Right to Life issues. The event is free and open to the public, but reservations are necessary. Call 260-471-1849 by Jan. 18 or email to register.

WHO:     Sen. David Long (R-Fort Wayne)
Sen. Jim Banks (R-Columbia City)
Rep. Kathy Heuer (R-Columbia City)
Rep. Bob Morris (R-Fort Wayne)

WHAT:  10th Annual Allen County Right to Life Legislative Action Forum

WHEN:  Saturday, Jan. 21, 2012, 9 a.m. to 10:30 a.m. Doors open at 8:30 a.m.

WHERE:  Concordia Theological Seminary
Wyneken Hall – Room 8
6600 North Clinton St.
Fort Wayne, IN 46825

Exposing the Planned Parenthood Mythology

From National Review:

Indiana is full of non-Planned Parenthood clinics and primary-care doctors that provide all those basic medical tests Planned Parenthood claims poor women need. As a new series of Live Action phone calls to Planned Parenthood facilities in Indiana make very clear.

As Live Action points out, Planned Parenthood serves less than one percent of Medicaid patients in Indiana but performs more than half of the abortions in the state.

From Live Action’s press release this morning:

“Indiana has become Ground Zero in the national battle to defund Planned Parenthood, the biggest abortion business in America,” states Live Action President Lila Rose. “As more and more states, most recently Wisconsin and Texas, continue to defund the abortion giant of millions of dollars, Planned Parenthood wants us to believe they are the only game in town when it comes to providing care for Medicaid patients. In reality, their own staff admit that they aren’t the only option for women in need.”

In an official press release, Planned Parenthood CEO Cecile Richards claimed that Indiana’s defunding of Planned Parenthood would “take away health care from thousands of women in Indiana.” Last week, Live Action’s undercover investigators called 16 of the 28 Indiana Planned Parenthood clinics posing as women on Medicaid concerned about where they could receive services if Planned Parenthood’s funding was not restored.


Holding the Hoosier State Hostage

From National Review:

If consistency is the hobgoblin of little minds, the Obama administration must be thronged with elves. For the second time this year, the Obama health-plex is staking an entire government funding stream on the retention of full subsidies for Planned Parenthood.

In April it was the fate of a continuing resolution to fund the entire federal government for the rest of this fiscal year. President Obama personally threatened to veto the cut of a single federal dollar for the abortion-industry giant when it was one of only two issues stymieing agreement with congressional Republicans. Now, thanks to a letter from the Center for Medicaid Services and its recess-appointed chief, Donald Berwick, Indiana’s entire $4 billion federal allotment for Medicaid is at risk — all because the Indiana legislature had the temerity to disallow Planned Parenthood’s participation in its state Medicaid plan.

Indiana is hardly alone in its sentiment that the house that Margaret Sanger built doesn’t help the neighborhood. Its decision to deny Planned Parenthood participation in programs that provide STD testing, family planning, and other services mirrors the House of Representatives’ decision to defund the agency entirely and the preferences of several other states as well. A series of Supreme Court rulings decades ago ratified the constitutionality of municipal hospitals deciding to defund abortion and favor childbirth services over abortion; it is no less sensible for a state to disfavor subsidies of any kind for agencies that clearly favor abortion over childbirth.

Hoosier officials point out that the women’s health services the federal Medicaid program underwrites – encompassing all of Planned Parenthood’s non-abortion repertoire — are amply covered by other outfits. Indiana has some 800 qualified providers who manage to deliver care without controversy. Federal officials insist that states can’t curtail funding for agencies based on their “scope of services,” but only on grounds of fraud or other malfeasance. Planned Parenthood’s record on the financial-responsibility front, however, is less than stellar.

Indiana’s attorney general says that the state will continue to contest a Planned Parenthood lawsuit insisting it is entitled to taxpayer support. The pressure from Washington may become irresistible if Berwick and company follow through on their implicit threat to withhold every dollar of federal medical aid to the poor unless Indiana relents. That fact is a sober reminder that more is at stake in this battle than the fungibility of abortion revenue. The federal health-care bureaucracy is an unelected piper calling an increasingly aggressive tune. When 2013 rolls around and Obamacare takes full effect, that tune will rise to a symphonic roar.

Barack Obama’s pro-abortion extremism

From HoosierAccess:

When Mitch Daniels signed HEA 1210 into law and prohibited Planned Parenthood from receiving tax money through Medicaid, he said that “any organization affected by this provision can resume receiving taxpayer dollars immediately by ceasing or separating its operations that perform abortions.”

Planned Parenthood of Indiana could not abide this restriction because they are determined to murder unborn children. If they are truly so concerned with providing the alleged “wide range” of “services” to their clients, why not end the abortion practice that they claim is such a small portion of their business? Why not work within the system to provide health care to those who need it?

Let’s not forget that PPIN has been caught twice on tape by Live Action Films trying to cover up the sexual abuse of 13 year old girls.

Let’s also not forget that Planned Parenthood also bragged in a request for funding from the Bloomington City Council and Monroe County Council that they would provide contraception to 13 year old girls. When a 13 year old girl is pregnant, that is prima facie evidence that a felony has taken place. As I explained months ago, giving contraception to these girls helps sexual predators cover up their crimes.

Read the rest at HoosierAccess.

Men and Abortion…

From HoosierAccess:

With the passing of landmark anti-abortion legislation in Indiana, the abortion debate is again in the front and center of the public consciousness.  Advocates from both sides of the issue were given time on the local news channels, and the media tried and failed to appear unbiased in their coverage.

I’m opposed to abortion for many reasons. Certainly not the least of those is the emphatically anti-male tone of the entire abortion industry and lobby.

Read the rest at HoosierAccess.

Governor Mitch Daniels commits to defund Planned Parenthood

From HoosierAccess:

In a move that some have said will make Indiana the most prolife state in America, Governor Mitch Daniels has announced that he will sign HEA 1210, a bipartisan bill that will defund organizations that perform abortion.

Like the pensive Governor we all know him to be, when Gov. Daniels considered this bill he did the homework and demonstrated that his administration will ensure access to women’s health centers that perform vital services, in every county of the state, so long as they do not perform abortions.

Stating his willingness to be “quick to forgive” organizations that perform the procedure, Governor Daniels said the following about their chances at future funding:

“Any organization affected by this provision can resume receiving taxpayer dollars immediately by ceasing or separating its operations that perform abortions.”

Now we’ll see just how much Planned Parenthood cares about women: will they quit doing abortions so that they may continue other services for women’s health or will they file lawsuits as they implicitly demonstrate that abortions are more important to them than anything else.

Full press release:

April 29, 2011

Governor Mitch Daniels issued a statement today about HEA 1210, approved this week by the Indiana General Assembly:

“I will sign HEA 1210 when it reaches my desk a week or so from now.  I supported this bill from the outset, and the recent addition of language guarding against the spending of tax dollars to support abortions creates no reason to alter my position. The principle involved commands the support of an overwhelming majority of Hoosiers, as reflected in greater than 2:1 bipartisan votes in both legislative chambers.

“I commissioned a careful review of access to services across the state and can confirm that all non-abortion services, whether family planning or basic women’s health, will remain readily available in every one of our 92 counties. In addition, I have ordered the Family and Social Services Administration to see that Medicaid recipients receive prompt notice of nearby care options. We will take any actions necessary to ensure that vital medical care is, if anything, more widely available than before.

“Any organization affected by this provision can resume receiving taxpayer dollars immediately by ceasing or separating its operations that perform abortions.”

More about the impact of HEA 1210 in Indiana:

  • This law will affect 7 entities in Indiana which have a total of 34 locations in 21 counties throughout the state.
  • In the 21 counties where these 7 entities currently operate, there are approximately 800 Medicaid providers which are eligible to provide Medicaid clients with health and family planning services.
County Medicaid Providers
LAKE 118
Total 800


Contact: Jane Jankowski, 317/232-1622

Indiana House OKs Historic Pro-Life Bill

From Indiana Right-To-Life:

April 27, 2011

Historic pro-life life legislation moved one step closer to becoming law today as the Indiana House formally concurred on House Bill 1210, sending the bill to Governor Mitch Daniels. The provisions contained in the bill will amount to the most substantial block of pro-life legislation passed in Indiana since the Supreme Court’s Roe vs. Wade decision in 1973.

House Bill 1210 contains provisions to end all state-directed funding for businesses that do abortions, to protect pain-capable unborn children beginning at 20 weeks, to opt-out of abortion coverage in any state health exchanges required under the new federal health law, to require that women considering abortion be given full, factual information in writing, and to require doctors who do abortions, or their designees, to maintain local hospital admitting privileges in order to streamline access to emergency care for women injured by abortion.

“This legislation places Indiana on the vanguard of efforts to protect the unborn, to deny public funds to businesses that profit from abortion, and to ensure that women considering abortion have full and factual information about such issues as fetal development and alternatives to abortion,” states Indiana Right to Life President and CEO Mike Fichter. “We applaud Republican leadership in the House and Senate for its decisive action and will urge Governor Daniels to waste no time in signing these important provisions into law.”

Defunding Planned Parenthood is a Non-Negotiable

From RedState:

The House passed the Pence Amendment, which strips Planned Parenthood of all federal funding in the Continuing Resolution, by a vote of 240 to 185.

RedState readers already know that the final composition of the Continuing Resolution will be determined after a contentious showdown between the House, Senate, and White House.

Let me very clear: ending taxpayer funding of Planned Parenthood in this bill is a non-negotiable. It must be a top priority in the Continuing Resolution battle.

Taxpayers have strongly rejected their complicity in the sex trafficking of underage girls. Our pro-life leaders in the Senate need to take up this fight and our House leadership must hold its ground.

Americans have spoken and the time to defund Planned Parenthood, a habitual and unapologetic ally of those who deal in the exploitation of minors, is now. This is a black and white issue and we must accept nothing less than the total defunding of Planned Parenthood in the Continuing Resolution.

Abortion as a Tea Party Issue

From National Review:

Has our financial mess brought us to the brink of getting beyond the culture wars?

It’s a question that we might see play out on Capitol Hill in the coming months as the new majority seeks to make the late pro-life congressman Henry Hyde proud, by defunding Planned Parenthood and prohibiting taxpayer funding of abortion.

 “Hell no,” Speaker John Boehner said when he was in the minority, to the conscience-offending comprehensive health-care legislation that congressional Democrats and the White House insisted on. Now that he’s speaker, the first big vote under his watch was to repeal the president’s signature piece of legislation.

 What do you do after a repeal — a repeal that is stalled in the obstinate Harry Reid–run Senate? Move on to HR-3, to do something that the old leadership claimed it had done: keep taxpayer money out of the business of funding abortion. As Boehner said while introducing HR-3: “A ban on taxpayer funding of abortion is the will of the people and ought to be the law of the land. But current law — particularly as enforced by this administration — does not reflect the will of the people.” For anyone who still isn’t sure we were lied to, former White House chief of staff Rahm Emanuel made things clear on the campaign trail recently — just in time for the repeal vote and the rollout of the “No Taxpayer Funding for Abortion Act.”

 Emanuel is now a candidate for mayor of Chicago. Pressed by a primary opponent, former senator Carol Moseley Braun, who accused him of throwing “women under the bus” — women who don’t oppose abortion, that is — Emanuel told a Chicago Tribune forum that he “came up with an idea for an executive order to allow the Stupak Amendment not to exist by law but by executive order, and it was good enough that Nancy Pelosi, Jan Schakowsky here in Chicago, Rosa DeLauro, Anna Eshoo — a number of women who are held — Nita Lowey — who are held up as honors by people like NARAL and Planned Parenthood, who supported that bill and supported the way to make progress.” They were fine with it, of course, because there would be no real prohibition in the executive order.

 Carol Moseley Braun got the truth out of Emanuel because he needs his base to win the campaign. But back on Capitol Hill, Boehner and other pro-life members have support that is much broader. We got a little hint of that in the enthusiasm among many freshman members for an effort to defund Planned Parenthood during this Congress.

 “Ending taxpayer funding of abortion and getting Planned Parenthood’s hand out of the pocket of taxpayers are clearly crossover issues,” says Tony Perkins, president of the Family Research Council. “Social conservatives as well as fiscal conservatives can generally agree that the government has no business being in the business of funding or subsidizing abortion.” He adds a pat on the back for HR-3: “The new leadership is clearly up on their history. They know they have no room for equivocation — promise made must be promise kept, and that is what they are doing.”

Read the rest at National Review.

ObamaCare Begins Funding Abortion

From Moonbattery:

That didn’t take long:

The Obama administration has officially approved the first instance of taxpayer funded abortions under the new national government-run health care program. …

The Obama Administration will give Pennsylvania $160 million to set up a new “high-risk” insurance program under a provision of the federal health care legislation enacted in March.

It has quietly approved a plan submitted by an appointee of pro-abortion Governor Edward Rendell under which the new program will cover any abortion that is legal in Pennsylvania.

So much for the laughable claims by “principled” Demonrats like the baby-killer Bart Stupak that Obama’s patently phony executive order would prevent this from happening.

Promises that ObamaCare would not coercively finance abortion were lies. Promises that it would not cause the deficit to explode were lies. As for the promises that there won’t be death panels by which liberal bureauweenies decide who lives and who dies — Obama’s recess appointment to head Medicare and Medicaid Donald Berwick has this to say:

The decision is not whether or not we will ration care — the decision is whether we will ration with our eyes open.

Major wars have been fought over less than what ObamaCare alone will do to this country.

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