Thank you to all of you who came out to the Marriott Downtown on Tuesday night to hear David Bereit at our Celebrate Life Dinner. It was a fantastic gathering of the
whole pro-life community of Indianapolis.
Your support and presence at the Right to Life of Indianapolis dinner not only helps support our pro-life efforts in Central Indiana, but it makes a public statement about the strength and commitment of the pro-life community here in Indianapolis. We had approximately 900 in attendance, who we hope were inspired to take an increasingly bold stand for life in the upcoming year.
David Bereit gave us our marching orders. Every single one of us can answer the call to stand up for life. This was a message he repeated at the opening rally for the 40 Days for Life vigil in front of Planned Parenthood on Wednesday. Whether it’s taking an hour a week to pray in front of Planned Parenthood during the next 40 day, volunteering at a pregnancy resource center or simply speaking up and being an advocate for life at work or school, there is something more that each of us could be doing to promote respect for the sanctity of life.
If you are interested in getting more involved in the pro-life movement, please give our office a call or send us an email. We are currently working on plans for the annual March for Life in January, and could use some help promoting our Indiana March for Life on January 22 and also organizing buses to head out to Washington, D.C. for the National March for LIfe on January 18.
For more information about Right to Life of Indianapolis or to volunteer, call our office at (317) 582-1526 or send us an email – email@example.com
Over the course of the 17 days of the Indiana State Fair, over 350 men and women took time out of their day at the Fair to sign a petition, urging our Senators to help confirm Judge Brett Kavanaugh to the Supreme Court.
Judge Kavanaugh’s distinguished career on the US Court of Appeals for Washington D.C. and his proven record of judicial restraint make him the ideal nominee for the Supreme Court. HE will uphold the Constitution as it is written, rather than legislating personal policy preferences from the bench. For this reason, hundreds of attendees at the Indiana State Fair stopped by Right to Life of Indianapolis’ State Fair Tent to sign the petition, telling Senators Donnelly and Young to set aside politics and vote to confirm Judge Kavanaugh.
As hearings on Judge Kavanaugh’s nomination are taking place Washington, D.C. a recent poll of registered voters in Indiana show 46% in favor of Judge confirmation, with only 32% of registered voters being opposed. The petitions which were sent to Indiana’s US Senators underscore the desire of voters to see Judge Kavanaugh confirmed.
Indianapolis – The Indiana State Department of Health (ISDH) has released it’s annual abortion report for 2016. Not only does it show an 8.5% drop in abortions for the state of Indiana for 2016, there was a similar 8.5% reduction in abortions committed on Marion County residents from 2015 to 2016.
In addition, abortions declined in 2016 at every single abortion facility in Indianapolis. Total abortions committed in Indianapolis in 2016 dropped to 4,811 as compared to 5,021 in 2015. This represents a 4.2% decrease in abortions committed in our city. Abortions committed at the Planned Parenthood facility on Georgetown Rd. decreased 1.5% in 2016, those committed at Indianapolis Women’s Center dropped 6.2%, and abortions committed at Clinic for Women dropped 13.1% in 2016.
Roughly half of the of the abortions committed in Indianapolis involve residents of Indianapolis, 2,441 in 2016. In 2015, there were 2,667 abortions committed on Marion County residents. This represents an 8.5% decrease, which is roughly equal to the decrease across the state.
The decline in abortions committed at Indianapolis facilities, as well as those committed on Marion County residents not only represents lives saved, but is a testament to the work of our city’s pro-life movement. Thc culture in our city is changing because of the hard work and dedication of our city’s pregnancy resource centers, our pro-life legislators at the state level, our city’s sidewalk advocates and the efforts of pro-lifers throughout our state.
Indiana Right to Life released a summary of other significant findings from the ISDH Report earlier today.
“This year, be sure to include at least one resolution to help build a culture of life.”
Several years ago, Carol Tobias of National Right to Life started off the New Year with a heart-warming story of a woman who turned away from abortion simply because she saw a pro-life bumpersticker.
This story is a good reminder of how the simple things can often have a big impact. A pro-life bumpersticker may not seem like much, but you never know who will read it or how it will affect those who see it. In this case, the simple message, “Abortion stops a beating heart” was enough to save the life of a child.
This year as you are making your New Year’s resolutions, be sure to include something simple that will help build a culture of life. It could be an “Abortion stops a beating heart” bumpersticker, it could be a bumpersticker or pamphlet promoting pregnancy help resources from one of Indianapolis’ many pregnancy resource ministries, it could be wearing a “Precious Feet” pin or a pro-life T-shirt, or it could be volunteering for your favorite pro-life organization.
Whatever you resolve to do, know that it is the little things done faithfully over time that will eventually transform our culture.
Carmel Teens For Life Club is a long-standing voice for life
Earlier this week news broke of a potential lawsuit involving Carmel Teens for Life students and the administration of Carmel High School. Currently there are 20 pro-life student groups like Carmel’s in the Indianapolis area, but to be honest — there aren’t any that are quite like Carmel’s. Carmel Teens for Life is the longest standing and largest pro-life student club in the area.
Carmel Teens for Life was started about 11 years ago, and have been a firm, consistent voice for the pro-life cause ever since. They host a display table at Carmel High School’s annual Club Fair and have held chalk days where they put pro-life messages on sidewalks around campus. They have even been able to make a pro-life statement at the high school’s homecoming by selling water bottles with “life” written on the side, as well as cupcakes as a reminder that all lives are valuable.
Earlier this year, they screen the pro-life movie Gimme Shelter in the school auditorium and invited not only other Carmel students, but members of pro-life clubs from other schools. This was also a fundraiser for the maternity home in Carmel, The O’Connor House. In fact, Carmel Teens for Life has been a strong supporter of many of the community pro-life groups in the Indianapolis area. They promoted a benefit run for O’Connor House, were participants in the local 40 Days for Life campaign and they have attended and supported Right to Life of Indianapolis’ Celebrate Life Dinner for a decade. Each year the contingent of students at RTLI’s dinner from Carmel High School seems to grow.
Student clubs like Carmel Teens for Life depend on good relations with the school’s administration, which is why the current situation is such a shame. There has been a long track record of cooperation, agreement and understanding between the administration at Carmel High School and pro-life students. Carmel High School has even gone so far as to allow city-wide Right to Life of Indianapolis Teens for Life forums to be held at the high school.
Because of the long-standing strength of the club, their consistent voice for the preborn, the disabled and others who are voiceless, we hope that the current dispute between Carmel’s administration and the student group can be resolved quickly and amicably. We hate to see all the good that a student club like Carmel’s can do be jeopardized in this fashion.
Indianapolis, IN — Local paramedics were dispatched earlier today to Indiana’s largest abortion facility, the Planned Parenthood facility located at Georgetown Rd. and 86th street on the northwest side of Indianapolis. The ambulance stayed less than 10 minutes before leaving Planned Parenthood under flashing lights, presumably transporting a patient to a local hospital.
Both the fire department’s paramedic truck and the ambulance were photographed by pro-life activists holding vigil in front of Planned Parenthood as part of the national 40 Days for Life prayer vigil. Photographs of the ambulance arriving were taken on March 1 at 1:08 pm and photographs of the ambulance leaving were taken on March 1 at 1:14 p.m.
“The abortion industry can claim that abortion is safe for women,” said Marc Tuttle, president of Right to Life of Indianapolis, “but incidents like today’s highlight the risks involved with abortion and the danger abortion poses to the women of our community.”
Sidewalk counselors in front of the abortion facility saw abortionist Jeffrey Glazer arrive earlier in the day. Glazer drives from Kentucky to perform abortions at all three abortion facilities in Indianapolis.
Indiana recently passed a law requiring abortionists like Glazer to have a relationship with a local doctor who has admitting privileges at a nearby hospital.
The incident at Planned Parenthood took place on the same day the Indiana Senate voted to require abortionists to submit annual verification of admitting privileges or a relationship with a doctor who has privileges, as well as a requirement that emergency rooms be provided contact information for the abortionist’s back-up doctor.
INDIANAPOLIS — An investigative report by Indianapolis news station RTV-6 is raising questions whether MedAssure, an Indianapolis-based medical waste disposal company, has received shipments of aborted babies from a Missouri Planned Parenthood. According to RTV-6, the Indiana Department of Environmental Management has been investigating the claims, which would be a violation of MedAssure’s waste permit.
RTV-6 reported that questions were raised after the Missouri Attorney General’s office investigated Planned Parenthood of the St. Louis Region and Southwest Missouri last year. Although the Missouri AG found no “irregularities” at the abortion facility, the report went on to state, “our investigation traced the fetal organs and tissue removed during surgical abortions performed by PPSLR from the surgery, to the pathological examination, to their ultimate destruction.” The report traced fetal body parts to two facilities, including the Indianapolis-based MedAssure.
The investigation by RTV-6 is shedding light on fetal disposal in Indiana just as the state legislature is considering new legislation that would require humane disposal of all babies killed through abortion. House Bill 1337 passed the Indiana House last week and was recommended to the Senate where it is currently under consideration.
Right to Life of Indianapolis Applauds Pence’s Investigation into Planned Parenthood
Indianapolis is Home to Planned Parenthood’s Largest Indiana Abortion Facility
INDIANAPOLIS – Right to Life of Indianapolis applauds Gov. Mike Pence’s announcement to investigate Indiana’s Planned Parenthood facilities. The investigation comes on the heels of a new video showing Planned Parenthood’s Director of Medical Services discussing how to obtain baby body organs in abortions and sell them to interested buyers.
Pence directed the Indiana State Department of Health to work in conjunction with the Indiana Attorney General’s Office to ens ure fetal tissue laws are being followed by Indiana’s Planned Parenthood facilities.
“We believe Gov. Pence’s order to investigate is an important step to ensuring local Planned Parenthoods aren’t illegally selling aborted baby parts,” stated Marc Tuttle, President of Right to Life of Indianapolis. “According to a former Indianapolis Planned Parenthood nurse, the abortion provider used to throw aborted baby body parts down the garbage disposal and into the sewer system. We hope they have changed their practice, but we pray they haven’t moved to an equally egregious practice of selling baby body parts. We look forward to the results of the state investigation.”
Planned Parenthood’s largest Indiana abortion facility is located at 8590 Georgetown Rd., Indianapolis. According to state data, in 2014, the abortion provider did 2973 abortions, or 36 percent of all statewide abortions.