National abortion laws threaten Indiana’s principles

Hoosiers fought hard this year to protect life, but the abortion lobby hasn’t given up. Knowing they won’t win here, they are trying to push through a national “right to abortion”, and the bill they’re trying to pass is extreme, with no limits.

From the Washington Stand:

The bill he referred to — H.R. 3755, which supporters dub the “Women’s Health Protection” Act — would go well beyond Roe by striking down nearly every pro-life law in all 50 states, including health regulations designed to protect women’s reproductive health, parental consent or notification laws, and laws restricting late-term abortions after the point of viability if an abortionist believes pregnancy would harm the “health” of the mother.

Pro-life leaders highlighted the extreme legislation’s lack of popular support. “President Biden’s desperate attempt to sway voters by pushing painful abortions is clear evidence of how out of touch he is. Ninety percent of Americans reject Biden’s view that abortion should be legal up until birth for any reason — paid for by taxpayers,” said March for Life President Jeanne Mancini. “Our country is facing significant challenges and looking for positive solutions, not more violence and death.”

“Only 8% of Americans agree with Stacey Abrams, Raphael Warnock, Mark Kelly, Katie Hobbs, Catherine Cortez Masto, John Fetterman, and other Democratic candidates who support unlimited abortion, paid for by taxpayers, up to the moment of birth,” agreed Marjorie Dannenfelser, president of Susan B. Anthony Pro-Life America. “Doubling down on an extreme agenda of abortion on demand until birth won’t stop Democrats from losing Congress, even with the abortion industry spending record sums to elect them.”

We will continue to fight for life in Indiana and oppose national abortion laws that ignore the will of the people in our state. Pray for the soul of our nation, and that the horrors of abortion will be made clear to our pro-choice friends and neighbors.

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2022 Legislative Scorecards are Here!

A core part of what we do here at the Indiana Family Institute is track what actually happens at the Statehouse in Indianapolis. We follow bills that matter to Hoosier families and see how your state legislators voted, so you know who is actually walking the walk, and who is simply talking.

We are proud to announce that our 2022 Legislative Scorecard is now available here.

It has been quite a year. 2021 was a year of many victories, but 2022 brought us the fall of Roe v. Wade and the first opportunity to end abortion here in Indiana. Indiana was well-equipped to lead the nation on this front, and though SB1 wasn’t a perfect bill, we are hopeful it will it stop the vast majority of abortions in Indiana. In the aftermath of the Dobbs decision, there were many proposed amendments to SB1, some aimed at making it better, some aimed at making it worse. We have the breakdowns of those amendments and how your State Senator and State Representative voted on them within the scorecard as well.

Here are a couple of the big wins from this year:

HB 1041 by Rep. Michelle Davis is now the law in Indiana, protecting opportunities for girls and young women on sports teams in grades K-12 of public schools.  Biological males unfairly competing in female athletics is a growing problem, and this bill addresses that dilemma by protecting equal opportunities in sports for female athletes.

HB 1190 by Rep. Jack Jordan passed, protecting students and student organizations from having their free speech rights violated at public universities. The bill forbids universities from banishing student expression to “free speech zones” and also affirms the right of political, religious, and otherwise ideological student groups to choose their own members and leadership in accordance with their beliefs.

Hoosiers stepped up this year with phone calls, emails, and financial support to ensure we had the support we needed to shepherd bills through the process and across the finish line, and kill or significantly change problematic bills. Because of the huge success we saw in 2022, we’re already putting together our legislative priorities list for 2023 – and we’re confident that, with your help, we can continue to create an environment in Indiana where families can flourish.

Click here to help support that mission through the end of this year and into 2023.



Governor Newsom, THIS is your neighbor

A few weeks ago, we told you about the pro-abortion billboards Governor Gavin Newsom placed in Indiana as part of his attempt to raise his national profile. Earlier this week, Governor Newsom signed 13 pro-abortion bills, leading Jonathan Keller, the President of our sister organization in California, the California Family Alliance, to respond with this:

“With today’s abortion expansion, Gavin Newsom continues his shadow campaign for president. By signing these 13 bills from the Future of Abortion Council, Newsom hopes to secure his spot in the White House at the expense of women and their unborn children…Governor Newsom tells pregnant women California has their back, but only if they choose to end their pregnancies. This package provides NO care for women who choose to keep their children. Gavin’s not pro-choice; he’s no choice.”

 The California Family Alliance also put together a video to remind Governor Newsom what he’s supporting.

We applaud the good work of the California Family Alliance in holding Governor Newsom accountable for the utter disregard for human life shown in his actions, both in California and in his attempt to market Californian abortion clinics to the rest of the country.

All over America, there are Family Policy Councils pushing back on this reckless abortion expansion. There are 39 organizations now, spread across the country, with the shared priorities of protecting human life and promoting traditional values at the state level. If you no longer live in Indiana, but are still receiving our emails, check here to find your local Family Policy Council, and get involved.

Together, we fought until Roe was overturned. Together, we will fight for legal personhood for the unborn. Together, we will not hide our light under a bushel; we will shine brightly and be a light in this country, to make this country a light to the world.