Judge Sides with Abortion Chain Trying to Open in South Bend

By St. Joseph County Right to Life | September 14, 2018, 7:01pm

INDIANAPOLIS, Ind. —  An administrative judge has ruled in favor of Texas-based abortion chain, Whole Woman’s Health Alliance (WWHA), which is trying to open an abortion facility in South Bend. In January, WWHA appealed the decision of the Indiana State Department of Health (ISDH) to reject WWHA’s application for an Indiana abortion license.

The application denial letter from the ISDH to the abortion organization 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.”

Mike Fichter, President and CEO of Indiana Right to Life, issued the following statement: “Without an abortion facility for more than two years, abortions on St. Joseph County women are dramatically down according to state reports. But if Whole Woman’s Health Alliance starts doing abortions as a result of this judicial decision, we anticipate thousands of lives will be lost to abortion. Thankfully, this decision does not have to be the end of the fight. We urge the State Department of Health to appeal this decision and protect innocent, human lives in South Bend.”

Jackie Appleman, Executive Director of St. Joseph County Right to Life, issued this statement: “St. Joseph County Right to Life is disappointed that Judge Deitchman’s recommended ruling does not uphold the Indiana State Department of Health’s denial of WWHA’s application for license. We trust that the ISDH will exercise due diligence in appealing this decision. Our community has shown that women in South Bend don’t need abortion. Those facing unplanned or difficult pregnancies can get all the help they need to provide for their unique physical, emotional, and spiritual needs without WWHA.”


Indiana Right to Life and St. Joseph County Right to Life generated over 36,000 e-mails from concerned citizens since WWHA’s application for a South Bend abortion facility first surfaced in October.

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