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Right to Life Michiana works to protect life from conception to natural death. In support of this mission, we encourage all pro-lifers to learn about the current pro-life legislation, call their state representatives to discuss the bills, propose amendments, and hold them accountable for defending the unborn. Legislator contacts are here.

SB309 Abortion

Authored by Sen. Erin Houchin

Bill actions:

01/12/2022 First reading: referred to Committee on Judiciary

Provides that the general assembly shall convene in an "initiated session" to consider legislation to restrict abortion if either of the following occurs: (1) the Supreme Court of the United States overrules the central holding of Roe v. Wade, Doe v. Bolton, or Planned Parenthood of Southeastern Pennsylvania v. Casey and clearly establishes that a state may prohibit abortion; (2) the Supreme Court of the United States affirms the 15 week abortion ban in Dobbs v. Jackson Women's Health Organization; or (3) an amendment to the Constitution of the United States is adopted that in whole or part clearly establishes that a state may prohibit abortion. Provides that an initiated session may not continue for more than 20 calendar days. Requires the attorney general to make an announcement and notify the governor and members of the general assembly concerning the decision from the Supreme Court of the United States involving Dobbs v. Jackson Women's Health Organization, Roe v. Wade, or the amendment to the Constitution of the United States.

HB1217 Coerced abortion

Authored by Rep. Joanna King

Bill actions:

01/25/2022 Senate sponsor: Senator Brown L.

01/25/2022 Third reading: passed; Roll Call 101: yeas 73, nays 18.

Requires that a pregnant woman seeking an abortion must be informed that a coerced abortion is illegal.

  • Provides that certain medical personnel must inquire with a pregnant woman seeking an abortion whether the abortion is coerced.

  • Requires certain medical personnel who believe that an abortion is coerced to offer the pregnant woman information on certain services, the use of a telephone, and an alternative exit from the health care facility.

  • Makes it a Level 6 felony if a person knowingly or intentionally coerces a pregnant woman into having an abortion.

  • Mandates reports of a coerced abortion to law enforcement.

  • Makes it a Class C infraction if a reproductive health facility knowingly employs a mandatory reporter who violates the mandatory reporting statute.

SB399 Parental consent for abortion

Authored by Sen. Stacey Donato

Bill actions:

01/12/2022 First reading: referred to Committee on Judiciary.

Requires the state department of health (state department) to create a consent form (form) for a physician to use before performing an abortion on an unemancipated pregnant minor (minor). Sets forth what the state department must include in the form. Requires a clear and convincing standard to be used if a juvenile court makes certain findings regarding a minor obtaining an abortion. Provides that a juvenile court may require a minor to participate in an evaluation and counseling session with a mental health professional before a juvenile court rules on a minor's petition. Provides criteria for a juvenile court to consider in determining if a minor is mature enough to make a decision regarding an abortion if the minor objects to having the written consent of her parent, legal guardian, or custodian, or if the parent, legal guardian, or custodian refuses to consent to an abortion. Makes technical corrections.

HB1020 End of life options

Authored by Rep. Matt Pierce

Bill actions:

01/04/2022 First reading: referred to Committee on Public Health.

Allows individuals with a terminal illness who meet certain requirements to make a request to an attending provider for medication that the individual may take to bring about death.

  • Specifies requirements a provider must meet in order to prescribe the medication to a patient.

  • Prohibits an insurer from denying payment of benefits under a life insurance policy based upon a suicide clause in the life insurance policy if the death of the insured individual is the result of medical aid in dying.

  • Establishes a Level 1 felony if a person: (1) without authorization of the patient, willfully alters, forges, conceals, or destroys a request for medication or a rescission of a request for medication with the intent or effect of causing the individual's death; or (2) knowingly or intentionally coerces or exerts undue influence on an individual to request medication to bring about death or to destroy a rescission of a request for medication to bring about death.

  • Establishes a Class A misdemeanor if a person, without authorization of the patient, willfully alters, forges, conceals, or destroys a request for medication or a rescission of a request for medication in order to affect a health care decision by the individual.

  • Establishes certain criminal and civil immunity for health care providers.

SB189 Pharmacist contraceptive prescriptions

Authored by Sen. Susan Glick

Bill actions:

01/06/2022 First reading: referred to Committee on Health and Provider Services

Allows pharmacists who meet certain requirements to prescribe and dispense hormonal contraceptive patches and self-administered oral hormonal contraceptives (contraceptives). Establishes requirements for pharmacists who prescribe and dispense contraceptives. Requires the Indiana board of pharmacy (board) to adopt rules. Requires health plans to provide coverage for contraceptives and certain services. Establishes an exception for nonprofit religious employers. Requires the board to issue an annual report to the legislative council.

HB1282 Protection of Life

Authored by Rep. Curt Nisly

Co-Authored by Rep. John Jacob, Rep. Zach Payne

Bill actions:

01/10/2022 First reading: referred to Committee on Judiciary

Repeals the statutes authorizing and regulating abortion. Finds that human physical life begins when a human ovum is fertilized by a human sperm. Asserts a compelling state interest in protecting human physical life from the moment that human physical life begins. Provides that court decisions to enjoin the law are void. Specifies the duty of Indiana officials to enforce the law. Specifies that federal officials attempting to enforce contrary court orders against Indiana officials enforcing the law shall be subject to arrest by Indiana law enforcement. Redefines "human being" for purposes of the criminal code to conform to the finding that human physical life begins when a human ovum is fertilized by a human sperm. Makes other conforming changes.

This bill is controversial within the pro-life community. Learn more information about this bill here.

H.R.1065 Pregnant Workers Fairness Act

Sponsored by Rep. Nadler, Jerrold

Bill actions:

05/17/2021 Received in the Senate and Read twice and referred to the Committee on Health, Education, Labor, and Pensions.

This bill prohibits employment practices that discriminate against making reasonable accommodations for qualified employees affected by pregnancy, childbirth, or related medical conditions. Specifically, the bill declares that it is an unlawful employment practice to

  • fail to make reasonable accommodations to known limitations of such employees unless the accommodation would impose an undue hardship on an entity's business operation;

  • require a qualified employee affected by such condition to accept an accommodation other than any reasonable accommodation arrived at through an interactive process;

  • deny employment opportunities based on the need of the entity to make such reasonable accommodations to a qualified employee;

  • require such employees to take paid or unpaid leave if another reasonable accommodation can be provided; or

  • take adverse action in terms, conditions, or privileges of employment against a qualified employee requesting or using such reasonable accommodations.

The bill sets forth enforcement procedures and remedies that cover different types of employees in relation to such unlawful employment practices. The Equal Employment Opportunity Commission must provide examples of reasonable accommodations that shall be provided to affected employees unless the employer can demonstrate that doing so would impose an undue hardship.

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Pregnant. Pregnant. How could I of all people be pregnant? I was a preacher’s daughter. I was single. I was a nursing student at a Mennonite college, for heaven’s sake. Now what to do? Abortion seemed like a quick, easy answer; but when I examined my conscience I couldn’t go through the procedure because I was carrying life, however ill-planned, in me. So what to do?

I contacted the student aid on campus, and he was so appalled that later that day he sent me a note via campus mail to get off campus in 10 days because my presence there was “embarrassing and damaging to the institution.” I was 12 weeks pregnant at the time.

Ultimately, I was referred to a program that offered housing, employment, medical care, and adoption options through Right to Life. I stayed at a residence which was run by nuns who cared for me during the duration of my pregnancy, delivery, and 6 weeks postpartum as well.

While participating in this program the scripture of the parable of the sower came to my heart and I hold it fast for this situation. Had I chosen abortion, it would have been like sowing a seed on a rock where the sun would have burnt it up and ruined any of it’s potential. Had I chosen to keep the baby, a boy, it would have been like sowing the seed in the weeds where it would have taken root to grow, but then got choked out of it’s full potential due to lack of proper growing conditions. After all, my life was a mess, how could I raise a child and expect anything greater than what I was experiencing?

I chose adoption—putting the seed in the well-tilled and tended ground.

I exchanged letters through my adoption agency with the adoptive mother of my son, Eric. I knew he loved musical instruments. I heard about his first dates. When I saw photos of him, I was reminded of my Uncle Sterling. There was no doubt about it, that despite being raised by a different family, he definitely belonged on our family tree as well.

Finally, one blessed day, I received a message from the adoption agency. Eric had sent them a letter for me! Would I like it, would I care to receive it? WOULD I!?!? YES, UNEQUIVOCALLY, YES!!!

Once I received it, I was afraid to read it. I was afraid Eric would be angry at me for placing him for adoption. I asked a friend of mine to share the letter with me, and we read it together. It was so beautiful. He was so gracious and kind. He wanted to know all about his biological family.

I immediately wrote him a 5-page letter in response. We began exchanging letters regularly and eventually began to email each other.

I learned that my son, no longer just a tiny seed, had grown into his fullest potential. He had a full ride scholarship to a distinguished university, is a gifted scholar and works in computer science in Washington D.C. Moreover, he has a great sense of humor, shares a love of cheese with me, and now has two beautiful children of his own.

Then, much to my surprise, on Mother’s Day six years ago, I received a call.

“Hi, this is your son Eric.” His voice still warms my heart to this day.

I am so blessed that Right to Life threw me a life preserver when the world was shouting to take the “discrete and expedient” option. I am ever so grateful I chose adoption. Thank you Right to Life for being there when no one else was. I am so honored to be Eric’s mother and that I was able to see him grow into the incredible human being that I had hoped for all those years ago. God be with all of you.

By Becky, a birthmom

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On Tuesday May 11th, two Right to Life Michiana employees joined a post-abortive woman to present to a health class at Clay High School. The Right to Life Michiana presenters shared medical and scientific facts about fetal development and abortion procedures.

Additionally, they shared information about local nonprofits who provide support to women in need. Resources shared included help for any crisis; unplanned pregnancy, abuse, food/clothing needs, domestic violence, housing help, medical concerns, STI testing, job help, etc.

The post-abortive woman shared her personal testimony of having an abortion while in high school.

None of the presenters prayed or talked about religion or the political nature of abortion.

There has been a concerted effort by many in the community to spread misinformation about the content of the presentation. Furthermore, there is no evidence that the initial contact made to the school was a student or parent of a student who was present in the class.

Todd Cummings, Superintendent of South Bend Community School Corp., has placed the teacher on paid leave. Cummings released a statement yesterday afternoon accusing the teacher of violating protocol by not approving the presentation with the administration beforehand.

Known as the “lost year” within the schools, many protocols and policies have not been followed this year due to COVID-19. The school corporation has not yet addressed the question as to whether this policy is routinely ignored by staff and if there are other cases of the policy being violated without consequence. This leads us to question whether this teacher is being unjustly targeted based on politics.

James Bopp Jr., lawyer and founder of The Bopp Law Firm, says “The school corporation’s actions have all the hallmarks of viewpoint and religious discrimination."

Mike Jacob, RTLM Outreach Coordinator, says “Our local leftist groups are attempting to destroy this black man’s career for educating his students on the leading cause of death in the black community. While we wish protocols had been communicated and followed, this toxic response is unjustified.”

If you wish to reach out to Todd Cummings to encourage him to end the unjust targeting and reinstate this teacher, you may reach him at

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