Tuesday, June 26, 2018
Previously: See the social services funding committee schedule.
Monday, June 25, 2018
I am grateful for the opportunity to address you today.
As House sponsor of SEA 404, the bill that provided for the reporting requirements at issue, I applaud the vigilant efforts of Indiana Right to Life to hold Planned Parenthood accountable for protecting our young girls-- girls under 16—girls not yet old enough to get a driver’s license--who have had abortions performed on them. A girl this young, in these cases as young as 12, must either obtain her parent’s consent or the court’s permission before having an abortion. In addition, the provider must notify the Dept. of Child Services within 3 days of the procedure.
The reason for this is clear: the age of consent in Indiana is 16. Any pregnant girls younger than that could be the victim of a variety of sex crimes or trafficking. Doctors play an integral part in identifying and reducing such sexual assaults on children. And I repeat, girls as young as 12. Failure to report these abortions sweeps such behavior under the rug, protects the perpetrators, and can contribute to the continued victimization of these very young girls.
The new law also provides that the license of a physician who fails to report abortions for girls 15 or under may be revoked. I hope that the Indiana Attorney General will thoroughly investigate these cases and vigorously pursue license revocation where warranted.
While we demand that Planned Parenthood fully comply with our state laws, I’ll close with a request for prayers. I encourage each of you to continue to pray for all those touched by abortion. Pray for the mothers who are faced with this decision, that they find healing.
Pray for the young girls who aren’t even old enough to fully realize the impact of their decision, and that those who are in harmful situations will find safety. Pray for those providing abortion services, that they may one day understand the harm of their actions. Pray for policy makers, that they remain steadfast in their pursuit of protecting human life.
And pray for the countless volunteers, that their message will touch the uncertain hearts of women and encourage them to seek alternatives to abortion. Do not become disheartened. With perseverance, we will continue to change hearts and minds of Hoosiers across the state. God bless each and every one of you.
Saturday, June 23, 2018
Good morning. I'm State Senator Erin Houchin from Senate District 47, and I was proud to author Senate Enrolled Act 404 in 2017, which sought to protect young girls, under the age of 16, who seek to obtain an abortion.
In Indiana, the age of consent is 16 years of age. When minors under this age seek to terminate pregnancies, it is critical for these cases to be reported to the Department of Child Services and the Indiana State Department of Health to determine if illegal action took place, or if these girls were victimized or are in danger in any way. At these young and vulnerable ages, sometimes as young as 12 years old, it is likely that these pregnancies did not occur as a result of legal, consensual activity. It is the duty of the DCS and law enforcement to examine the circumstances behind each case to determine what, if any, action should be taken to protect these young girls and to hold potential predators accountable. However, these agencies cannot act without our reporting laws being followed.
The alleged failure to report abortions on minors under the age of 16 at every licensed abortion facility in Indiana is negligent and frightening. It is disheartening to see the General Assembly pass thoughtful legislation, only to have some in the abortion industry disregard the law completely and subject young girls to continued potential abuse. Abortion providers are in a unique position to report these cases, and each suspected violation of the law must be fully investigated.
We have taken significant steps to protect the most vulnerable in our state, and our laws must be followed in order to make sure our efforts see their intended results.
I applaud Indiana Right to Life for drawing attention to this important matter, and calling on providers to follow the law.
Friday, June 22, 2018
Three years ago, I wrote a letter to the editor asking if the Bloomington City Council was using tax dollars to help cover up the felony sexual abuse of underage girls. Well shazam! It looks like that is exactly what has been going on at Planned Parenthood, which operates an abortion mill on South College Avenue.
Indiana Right to Life and county affiliates have been reviewing terminated pregnancy reports, and there is no indication that 48 abortions done on teenage girls below the age of consent were reported to law enforcement or to Child Protective Services as required by Indiana law.
One of the sexual abuse victims was twelve years old.
This is why the Bloomington City Council and the Monroe County Council need to immediately stop giving taxpayer money to Planned Parenthood. Bloomington’s Planned Parenthood was exposed in a 2008 sting operation as being willing to cover up the rape of a 13 year old girl. Now we know they are not reporting sexual abuse of teenage girls, including at least one pre-teen girl.
Think about how evil this is. You literally have parents being forced to subsidize a wicked organization that enables the rape of their own daughters. Not only were their daughters violated, these parents are being forced by their city and county government to financially support the deviant perverts who covered up for the predators. The victims and their families are violated by the predators and their local government.
Furthermore, the “all options” pregnancy center should also not receive one single penny of taxpayer funds. “All Options” maintains a fund to help pay for abortions. No organization that directly funds Planned Parenthood should be given taxpayer money.
It is long past time for local government to stop funding an organization that victimizes young rape victims and enables evil sexual predators to continue sexually violating their victims. It is time for the parents of Monroe County to stand up for their children by holding their elected officials accountable for the wicked misuse of our tax money. The victims of rape and sex trafficking deserve no less.
Thursday, June 21, 2018
Indiana Right to Life held a press conference on June 20, 2018 about the Bloomington, Indiana Planned Parenthood not reporting abortions performed on girls under the age of consent as required by Indiana law. IRTL is calling on a full investigation of these reports.
Tuesday, June 5, 2018
Community service grants program: Important dates to remember
Application deadline -- Wednesday, June 13, 2018 at 12:00 pm (noon)
Applicant presentation to the STCSGP committee -- Monday, June 25, 2018 at 6:00 pm
Grant awards: County Council regular session -- Tuesday, July 10 2018 at 5:30 pm