Abortion activists are drumming up media attention in Indiana this weekend over a new law that protects unborn babies from discrimination.
The new law, signed by Gov. Mike Pence in March, bans abortion doctors from knowingly aborting an unborn baby solely because of a genetic disability such as Down syndrome, the unborn baby’s race or sex. The bill also has several other abortion-related measures, including a requirement that aborted or miscarried babies’ bodies be cremated or buried and another requirement that abortionists who have hospital admitting privileges renew them annually.
On Saturday afternoon, abortion activists plan to hold a rally to protest the law outside of the Indiana Statehouse. A Facebook event page for the pro-abortion rally indicates that more than 3,500 people plan to attend.
According to WISH TV 8, the protesters plan to read the names of the 97 pro-life lawmakers who voted for the bill during the rally. They claim the lawmakers do not have “women’s best interests at heart.”
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“They must all be called out! They must all be voted out of office!” the organizers said on the event page.
According to the report, the abortion activists organizing the rally are the same ones behind the “Periods for Pence” social media campaign. The juvenile effort encourages women to bombard the pro-life governor’s office with messages about their menstrual cycles.
The pro-abortion efforts have caught the attention of abortion supporters in the national media, leading to reports feeding into the discriminatory abortion agenda.
Indiana Right to Life sent an email on Friday, calling on the media to ask the abortion activists why they oppose the law that protects unborn babies from discrimination.
Here are a few of the questions:
- Do you believe children with Down syndrome have value?
- Does it concern you that 80% of unborn babies with Down syndrome are aborted?
- Doesn’t it fly against feminist ideals when an unborn baby girl is aborted for no other reason than the fact she is a girl?
- Do you believe abortion businesses should have the right to harvest and sell lungs, kidneys, livers and other parts from aborted babies?
- Did you know Planned Parenthood makes over $2 million per year in Indiana alone just from doing abortions?
- Do you believe it should be legal to abort a perfectly healthy child at any stage, including up to the very moment of birth?
Despite the appearance of heavy opposition, the law received strong support when it passed the state legislature earlier this year.
Abortion activists failed to convince the general public to oppose the regulations, so now they hope to convince a court. Planned Parenthood of Indiana and Kentucky filed a lawsuit to stop the law on Thursday, claiming the restrictions are unconstitutional because they infringe on a woman’s “right” to a first-trimester abortion, according to the Indy Star.
Mike Fichter, President and CEO of Indiana Right to Life, told LifeNews he was not surprised by the lawsuit.
“This is the same song and dance we have seen from the abortion provider anytime they feel their lucrative abortion business is threatened,” Fichter said. “They look to the courts and activist judges to rule in their favor. Planned Parenthood boasts $2 million a year in abortion revenue in Indiana alone. They oppose any common sense law that protects women and children because they want to protect their bottom line.”
Fichter said the lawsuit shows how extreme abortion activists really are.
“The Dignity for the Unborn law protects the most vulnerable among – the unborn targeted for abortion because of their gender, race or a potential disability,” Fichter added. “It calls for respectful disposal of aborted human remains. Hoosiers believe all lives have value and Planned Parenthood’s opposition to this law just shows how extreme on abortion they truly are.”
In 2013, North Dakota became the first state to pass a similar bill to protect unborn babies from abortions because of disabilities. A handful of states also ban abortions based solely on the baby’s sex.