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Our flag flies because of them

“Our flag does not fly because the wind moves it. It flies with the last breath of each soldier who died protecting it.” –Unknown

Memorial Day weekend is upon us, and its timing is an important reminder for each of us, particularly as we are in the middle of monumental debates in Indiana and our nation at large.

Those passionate debates, the victories and shortcomings experienced in our legislatures, and the emotional election days many of us have felt can at times seem all-encompassing. As stressful as those events may be, it’s breathtaking to stop and realize that these struggles we may consider a burden at times are truly a privilege given to us by the men and women who have laid down their lives for the flag.

From our nation’s founding, valiant patriots have lived out John 15:13 – and we all owe our precious freedoms to every single one of them.

I wish you and your families a peaceful Memorial Day weekend, and may we all honor our nation’s heroes who have gone before us by living out America’s freedoms with joy.

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WE DID IT!

We did it!

Yesterday the Indiana legislature voted to override Governor Holcomb’s veto of HB 1041 to protect women’s sports. HB 1041 will become effective July 1. The senate override vote was 32-15 and the House vote to override was 67-28.

This is a huge step forward to saving women’s sports. Female athletes through high school will not have opportunities stolen from them by biological males in the name of wokeness.

The credit goes to you for taking action on this incredibly important piece of legislation. We are in the midst of a cultural battle in which our opponents fly in the face of reality and God’s design.

This veto override speaks volumes about Hoosier citizens. We sent a message to Indianapolis that we are serious about defending the truth and we will not back down or be vetoed into silence.

During next year’s legislation session, we will bring back a measure to extend this protection of women’s sports to the college level. This was originally included in HB 1041 but was unfortunately removed during committee. Together, we will make sure that every female athlete in Indiana has the opportunity to fairly

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6 days to save girls’ sports

In just six days, our state legislators will debate whether to override the governor’s veto of HB 1041, the bill which would have been a crucial step forward to save girls’ sports in Indiana.

There has been a damaging myth among some folks that HB 1041 would somehow prevent a child suffering from gender dysphoria from participating in sports. That’s not true.

In fact, HB 1041 still allows co-ed teams to exist. What it does do is ensure that only biological female athletes participate on women’s teams and that biological males participate on men’s teams.

This is absolutely necessary to ensure that opportunities are not taken from female athletes and that women’s sports are not erased.

Please click here to send a message to your Indiana state Representative and Senator and urge them to override the governor’s veto and SAVE WOMEN’S SPORTS.

This debate is scheduled to happen just six days from now. Hoosier legislators need to know that their constituents expect them to override the governor’s veto. When Gov. Holcomb vetoed HB 1041, he ignored the will of the people.

Thank you for taking action to save girls’ sports in Indiana!

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We filed another amicus brief to SCOTUS

As we await the Supreme Court’s decision in the Dobbs case, several other issues pertaining to abortion remain up-in-the-air and need our attention. Another case is going to the court that has implications for a post-Dobbs world, regardless of its outcome, and IFI is actively engaging in this battle as well.

A friend-of-the-court brief was filed last week by over 30 state organizations, asking the US Supreme Court to leave the decision of whether abortions are covered by Medicaid up to the states. We signed onto this brief, encouraging the court to allow each state its own autonomy in choosing whether or not to use taxpayer dollars to fund abortions and the centers that perform them.

The case, Kerr v. Planned Parenthood South Atlantic, addresses a question that must be answered whether or not Dobbs results in the overturning Roe. With your support, we’ll continue to speak out and work to change not just the law, but the culture surrounding abortion as well.

The Planned Parenthood clinic involved in the Kerr case could have chosen to appeal their disqualification from Medicaid coverage in a South Carolina state court, but instead chose to pursue the issue in a federal court. This is possible because Medicaid works as a cooperative effort between the federal and state governments, but it indicates a more deeply rooted issue– this case isn’t just about women’s health. It’s about taking away states’ choice and forcing them to allow more open access to abortion by funding those centers with tax dollars.

We don’t know when we’ll get the official decision on the Dobbs case, but one thing is certain: even if Roe is reversed, there is still work to do to protect the lives of the unborn and the lives of women in our states.

We appreciate your support and your prayers as we engage in this fight, and value your partnership in working to change our culture to one that values life as it should be.

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Our ally’s office was fire-bombed

Over Mother’s Day weekend, the left fought back against the Dobbs draft leak with a series of malicious attacks against pro-life advocates and our SCOTUS justices.

On Saturday night, a mob surrounded the home of Justice Brett Kavanaugh and screamed outside his door. “You don’t get to take away our bodily autonomy and enjoy your Saturday night at home. You get to do one or the other,” one protestor told a reporter. 

On Sunday, a leftist anarchist group attacked our sister organization, Wisconsin Family Action, by throwing two Molotov cocktails into their office, breaking windows, and lighting the building on fire. The arsonists also vandalized the outside of the building with a message that read, “If abortions aren’t safe, then you aren’t either.”

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Meanwhile on Sunday, approximately 100 pro-choice demonstrators targeted a Catholic church in New York City, forcing the church to cancel a monthly pro-life event. A crisis pregnancy center in Denton, Texas was vandalized with the words “Not a clinic.” Leftists also wrote “[expletive] CPCs” in graffiti on a clinic in Portland, Oregon and “My body, my choice” on a Catholic church in Boulder, Colorado.

It seems that the left is as barbaric and unreasonable as ever. Instead of presenting a coherent argument when they don’t get their way, they resort to throwing tantrums and even engaging in violence. 

The left should be ashamed of their moral depravity and complete lack of respect for those with opposing viewpoints. Every individual should be free to speak the truth without fear of bodily harm and every one of our elected officials should stand firmly against the left’s inhumanity.

While pro-abortion radicals attempt to threaten us into submission, we must remain unafraid and fight even harder for the truth and the unborn.

Indiana Family Institute is not going anywhere. We have spent decades preparing for this moment – the moment that Roe is overturned. Now more than ever, pro-life advocates must stand strong. We will do that.

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