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  • Right to Life

Updated: Feb 12, 2021


Since taking office three weeks ago, President Biden has used executive action to expand abortion domestically and throughout the world. Here is what he has done:


• Rescinded the Mexico City policy, which denies U.S. funding to international organizations that offer abortion, abortion counseling/referrals, or advocate for abortion rights. This means that our tax dollars will now be used to support organizations worldwide that provide or promote abortion. Biden referred to the Mexico City policy as an “attack on women’s health access.”


• Ordered a review of policies that deny funding for U.S. clinics that provide abortion or abortion referrals. This includes the Title X rule that denies funding to domestic health clinics, such as Planned Parenthood, that offer abortions or refer women for abortions.


• Removed the U.S. from the Geneva Consensus Declaration, a charter of more than 30 countries that oppose abortion.


• Resumed funding of the United Nations Population Fund. (The UN Population Fund is part of the UN that tries to reduce population growth around the world. They claim that they do not promote abortion, but, for example, they work with China on their 1-child policy which forces women to abort.)


• Rejoined the abortion-promoting World Health Organization (WHO). In a meeting with the WHO’s executive board on January 21, Dr. Anthony Fauci, Biden’s chief medical advisor, said, “It will be our policy to support women’s and girls’ sexual and reproductive health and reproductive rights in the United States, as well as globally.”


Biden has also promised to:

• Work with USAID and other federal foreign assistance programs to “ensure that adequate funds are being directed to support women’s health needs globally, including sexual and reproductive health and reproductive rights.”


• Support repeal of the Hyde Amendment, a rider to the annual budget bill that prevents federal funding of abortion programs in the U.S.


• Defend Roe v. Wade. In a statement marking the 48th anniversary of Roe v. Wade, Biden said, “The Biden-Harris Administration is committed to codifying Roe v. Wade and appointing judges that respect foundational precedents like Roe.”


Biden often talks about how his policies are “science-based,” yet he ignores science as it relates to abortion.


We urge you to contact President Biden, ask him what he means by “reproductive health and reproductive rights,” and express your dissatisfaction with his extreme policies that promote and support abortion. You can contact the president through the white house website at whitehouse.gov/contact.


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  • Right to Life

Updated: Feb 19, 2021

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.


HB1577 Telemedicine and Abortion Related Services

Authored by Rep. Peggy Mayfield

Co-Authored by Rep. Joanna King, Rep. Michelle Davis

UPDATE: 2/15/21: Passed out of Public Health Committee (9-3)

Adds: (1) mental health providers; and (2) the employees and staff members of any entity involved in the handling or disposition of aborted remains; to the list of persons who may not be required to participate in specified procedures and practices concerning abortion or aborted remains if the mental health provider, employee, or staff member objects to such procedures and practices on the basis of ethical, moral, or religious belief. Requires an ultrasound image of a pregnant woman's fetus to be provided: (1) to a pregnant woman for her to keep; and (2) at no cost or charge to the pregnant woman; in the event of fetal ultrasound imaging. Requires certain information concerning the reversal of an abortion inducing drug to be provided to a pregnant woman in certain instances. Requires a specified report to identify the: (1) facility; and (2) city or town; where required information concerning an abortion was provided. Requires specified individuals to include, or to ensure the inclusion of, a copy of a pregnant woman's ultrasound report in the applicable patient file. Prohibits an abortion clinic from receiving an annual license renewal if ultrasound reports are not included in a pregnant woman's patient file. Provides that the written parental consent for purposes of abortion laws concerning an unemancipated pregnant woman less than 18 years of age must be notarized. Prohibits the state department of health from renewing an abortion clinic's license if noncompliance discovered during an annual inspection is not remedied. Prohibits the use of telemedicine for the provisioning of any medical service, including the: (1) writing or filling of a prescription; or (2) offering of advice, counseling, or therapy; for any purpose that is intended to result in an abortion. Prohibits the: (1) dispensing; (2) prescribing; and (3) administering; of an abortion inducing drug to a pregnant woman after nine weeks of post-fertilization age by removing a provision concerning federal Food and Drug Administration (FDA) approval of certain abortion inducing drugs. Removes FDA guidelines from a provision concerning manufacturer instruction sheets and patient agreement forms pertaining to abortion inducing drugs. Defines certain terms. Makes conforming amendments.


HB1245 Pregnancy and Childbirth Discrimination

Authored by Rep. Maureen Bauer

Co-Authored by Rep. Carey Hamilton

Prohibits an employer from discriminating against a pregnant job applicant or employee. Requires an employer to provide reasonable employment accommodations for a pregnant employee. Requires the civil rights commission to investigate complaints and attempt to resolve complaints.


HB1309 Pregnancy Accommodation

Authored by Rep. Karen Engleman

Co-Authored by Rep. Sharon Negele, Rep. Brad Barrett, Rep. Rita Fleming

Allows an employee to request an accommodation for the employee's pregnancy. Requires an employer to respond to an employee's request for an accommodation within a reasonable time frame. Provides that a request for accommodation does not require an employer to provide an accommodation for an employee's pregnancy, or impose a duty or obligation upon the employer to provide an accommodation or an exception to the employer's policies. Prohibits an employer from disciplining, terminating, or retaliating against an employee because the employee has requested or used an accommodation for the employee's pregnancy.


HB1358 Pregnancy and Childbirth Accommodation

Authored by Rep. Sharon Negele

Co-Authored by Rep. Brad Barrett, Rep. Cindy Ziemke

Requires an employer to provide reasonable employment accommodations for a pregnant employee. Requires the department of labor to investigate complaints and attempt to resolve complaints through the use of an administrative law judge. Allows for appeals.


HB1539 Protection of Life

Authored by Rep. Curt Nisly

Co-Authored by Rep. John Jacob

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.


HB1557 Abortion

Authored by Rep. Timothy Wesco

Defines viability for purposes of the abortion law as the earlier of the time of each post-fertilization age of the fetus that is less than 21 weeks or the time of conception. Provides that the definition is severable to preserve the earliest possible time that viability is determined. Specifies that abortions are permitted in certain circumstances before the earlier of viability or the end of the first trimester of pregnancy. (Current law specifies that abortions are permitted in certain circumstances during the first trimester of pregnancy.)


HB1310 Abortion

Authored by Rep. J.D. Prescott

Co-Authored by Rep. Brad Barrett

UPDATE 2/19/21- Not going to be heard this year.

Provides that the general assembly shall convene in an "initiated session" to consider legislation to restrict abortion if either of the following occur: (1) the Supreme Court of the United States overrules the central holding of Roe v. Wade, Doe v. Bolton, and Planned Parenthood of Southeastern Pennsylvania v. Casey and clearly establishes that a state may prohibit abortion; or (2) 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 Roe v. Wade or the amendment to the Constitution of the United States. Makes conforming changes.


HB1439 Coerced Abortions, Protection of a Fetus, and Wrongful Death or Injury of a Child

Authored by Rep. Joanna King

UPDATE 2/19/21- Not being heard this year. Will mostly likely be reintroduced next year.

Requires that a woman seeking an abortion must be informed that a coerced abortion is illegal. Provides that certain medical personnel must inquire with a 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 woman into having an abortion. Makes it a Level 6 felony if a father or putative father of an unborn child 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. Creates a cause of action for a wrongful death of an aborted child. Provides that a cause of action for the wrongful death or injury of a child includes a fetus in any stage of development. (Current law defines "child" as a fetus that has attained viability.) Provides that a person, or a person who is pregnant, is justified in using reasonable force to protect a fetus.

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  • Right to Life

Updated: Jan 18

What is the bill about?

House Bill 1282, authored by Rep. Curt Nisly, co-authored by Rep. John Jacob, was created with the intention of abolishing abortion in the state of Indiana.


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.


HB1282 does the following:

  • Protects life from fertilization by banning abortion. “Indiana asserts a compelling state interest in protecting human physical life from the moment that human physical life begins.”

  • Redefines a person. “The general assembly finds that human physical life begins when a human ovum is fertilized by a human sperm.”

  • Provides protection for a fetus born alive (i.e. during botched abortions). “Any fetus born alive shall be treated as a person under the law…”

  • Repeals the statutes authorizing and regulating abortion.

  • Provides that court decisions to enjoin the law are void.

  • Redefines “human being” for the 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. Any person involved in the abortion would be liable for criminal charges.

Bottom line, if passed this bill would completely abolish abortion in the state of Indiana. Similar bills have been submitted 4 times prior in Indiana but have not yet made it out of committee.


Are there any concerns about this bill?

There are concerns that even if the bill was passed it would be immediately repealed because the law of Roe v. Wade takes precedence. This bill cannot withstand court challenge as long as Roe is in place.


Additionally, there is concern over the line “Repeals the statues authorizing and regulating abortion”, critics of this bill fear that if the HB1282 is passed (all abortion regulations would be removed) and then the bill is repealed but the removal of the regulations would stay in place, losing all the progress we’ve made. The bill does include a nonseverability clause which prevents current abortion laws and restrictions from being wiped away in the event this bill is passed and challenged in court. But the constitutionality and strength of protection of nonseverability clauses is up for debate.


Finally, one of the major pro-life concerns with this bill, is that it makes it possible to prosecute women for obtaining abortions. Pro-lifers consider such a move unjust and unwise given the need for more support for pregnant women, and the widespread misinformation on the true nature of abortion. Since women will likely still search out illegal abortion in the case of a ban, in the interest of protecting all human life, pro-lifers want women to be comfortable seeking medical attention in the case of a botched illegal abortion. Alabama's Human Life Protection Act contained such immunity for women for just that reason.


If I am in favor of this bill, what should I do?

The arguments for and against this bill are strong. If you are in favor of this bill, we urge you to at least contact your representative and ask him or her to support an amendment to the bill that would provide immunity to women who obtain abortions. Bills are not static. It is possible to add an amendment in committee or when the bill reaches the floor of the legislature.


Have similar bills been passed in other states?

Similar bills passed in AL, AK, GA, KY, LA, MO, MS, OH, and UT. Unfortunately, all of them have been struck down by state and federal judges.


Heartbeat bills are not as restrictive as total abortion bans, but the strategy is that if enough of these bills are past and struck down, the Supreme Court will have to hear one of these cases which provides an opportunity for overturning Roe.


Alabama- is the law most similar to HB1282. No abortion after 0 weeks. Allows exceptions if the woman's life is threatened. No exceptions for rape or incest.

  • The bill was passed in the state House and Senate and was signed by the governor.

  • On October 29, 2019, U.S. District Judge Myron Thompson issued a preliminary injunction against the abortion ban, preventing the legislation from entering into effect on November 15. Thompson wrote an opinion in which he argued, "Alabama's abortion ban contravenes clear Supreme Court precedent. It violates the right of an individual to privacy, to make choices central to personal dignity and autonomy. It diminishes the capacity of women to act in society, and to make reproductive decisions. It defies the United States Constitution."

Arkansas- No abortion after 18 weeks. Allows exceptions for rape, incest or medical emergencies.

  • In July 2019, Federal Judge Kristine G. Baker blocked the new abortion restriction. In January 2021, 8th U.S. Circuit of Appeals upheld the federal judge’s ruling blocking this bill.

Georgia- No abortion after 6 weeks. Allows exceptions if the woman's life is endangered, if the pregnancy is deemed "medically futile" and in cases of rape or incest if the woman files a police report. Gov. Brian Kemp signed the bill into law in May 2019.

  • October 2019, federal Judge Steve Jones blocked the bill. In July 2020 the block was renewed.

Iowa- Governor signed heartbeat legislation in May 2018.

  • State judge struck down the law January 2019.

Kentucky- No abortion after 6 weeks. No exceptions for rape or incest. Allows exceptions if the woman's life is endangered.

  • Federal judge stopped it from being enforced.

Louisiana- No abortion after 6 weeks. No exceptions for rape or incest. Allows exceptions if the woman's life is endangered or if the pregnancy is deemed "medically futile." Gov. John Bel Edwards signed the bill into law May 2019.

  • Blocked by federal judge. Currently in the court system.

Mississippi- No abortion after 6 weeks. No exceptions for rape or incest. Allows exceptions if the woman's life is endangered.

  • A federal judge on May 24, 2019 issued a preliminary injunction that blocks the law from taking effect.

Missouri- No abortion after 8 weeks. No exceptions for rape or incest. Allows exceptions if the woman's life is endangered.

  • A district court ruling prevents the law from being enforced and , as of Jan. 2021, is before the 8th U.S. Court of Appeals.

Ohio- No abortion after 6 weeks. No exceptions for rape or incest. Allows exceptions if the woman's life is endangered.

  • Blocked by a judge, and currently in the court system.

Utah- No abortion after 18 weeks. Allows exceptions for rape or incest if the doctor performing the abortion verifies that the incident was reported to law enforcement. Allows exceptions if the woman's life is endangered.

  • The law was blocked by a federal judge in April 2019. The state and defendants agreed to the injunction and Salt Lake County District Attorney Sim Gill, a defendant in the case, said he won't enforce the law.

What should I do?

Make your voice heard! Right to Life Michiana works to protect life from conception to natural death. In support of this mission, we encourage all pro-lifers to call their state representatives and hold them accountable for defending the unborn. Share your concerns and your suggested amendments. You can see the full list of House & Senate Bills that have been submitted. You find representative contact info here.

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