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INDIANAPOLIS (LifeSiteNews) – Indiana lawmakers are moving forward with legislation to ban most abortions, but prominent pro-life groups are warning that the language of the measure would actually expand abortion in the Hoosier state without effectively enforcing its new limits.
SB1, which cleared the state Senate Rules Committee Tuesday in a vote of 7-5, forbids all abortions except those sought due to rape, incest, or “permanent substantial impairment” to the mother’s health. It also permits abortions if a preborn child “suffers from an irremediable medical condition that is incompatible with sustained life outside the womb, regardless of when the child is born.”
That last exception is the subject of a memo to Indiana lawmakers from the Thomas More Society, which explains that the bill does not merely allow abortions for “irremediable medical condition,” but excludes them from the definition of “abortion” under state law.
This, the group warns, “would effect a significant expansion of abortion in Indiana, with grave consequences to unborn children, pregnant women, and pro-life healthcare providers.”
There are countless reasons to conclude modern sex-education is less about critical thinking and more about indoctrinating and sexualizing children at as young an age as possible.
Consider these 3 questions:
- Why are politicians around the world pushing radical transgender theories on children as young as 5?
- Why is the World Health Organization calling for 4 year-olds to be taught how to masturbate?
- Why are children in schools being shown graphic images of sex and told anything goes so long as consent is established, if not to encourage our sons and daughters to become sexually active?
A sane society would try to shield impressionable children from becoming sexualized, and encourage them not to watch pornography, take puberty blockers or mutilate their genitalia, but our schools increasingly promote these behaviors.
In reality, the media, most politicians, and many education chiefs are obliterating a parent's ability to protect their child's innocence and identity.
We must realize: these elites want children to have THEIR values, not YOURS. SIGN THE PLEDGE!
The results of this explicit, inappropriate sex-saturated culture and education have been startling: there have never been more children claiming to be transgender, gay, lesbian and bisexual, nor have we ever seen such high levels of sexual assaults by minors.
BREAKING: Loudoun County father who was dragged out of woke school board meeting reveals his daughter was 'raped' in the girls' bathroom by a 'skirt-wearing' male student who was arrested for assaulting a SECOND girl months later - but staff did nothinghttps://t.co/awoZcVQx3l— Jack Posobiec 🇺🇸 (@JackPosobiec) October 12, 2021
This nut could end up being your child’s teacher and you wouldn’t even find out the craziness they’re teaching until your kid tells you about it. If you aren’t disturbed after watching this, you’re a lunatic. School choice is the civil rights issue of our generation. pic.twitter.com/y1V3Rotx9k— Robby Starbuck (@robbystarbuck) August 17, 2021
Countless politicians, media personalities and education chiefs are too busy promoting woke trends to realize that sexualizing minors amounts to grooming, and has devastating consequences in many cases.
Children whose inhibitions are broken down risk addiction to pornography, teenage pregnancy, STDs, gender dysphoria, online shaming, and a whole host of other negative outcomes.
Parents, not the government, must be in control of what their child is taught about sex.
Just listen to the type of materials public schools in the U.S. are promoting:
That's why we are asking you to sign the Parents' Pledge that you will pull your children out of sex-education classes if your school chooses to sexualize your child.
The Parents' Pledge is our best chance of winning back our children's schools before they're entirely lost to radical sex-obsessed teachers' unions who are foisting these curricula on teachers.
Do you really want other adults deciding what your child is exposed to? Of course not.
Please share this brand new grassroots Parents' Pledge with like-minded parents and join a growing movement of mothers and fathers who are wise to the threat of their child being led into sexual activity.
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Specifically, if such abortions were no longer “abortions” under state law, they would no longer be subject to limits on spending public dollars for abortion, leading to the “greatest expansion of taxpayer funded abortion in a generation”; no longer be recognized by laws recognizing medical workers’ conscience right to not participate in abortion; and no longer be subject to laws banning dilation & evacuation (dismemberment) abortions or experimenting on fetal remains, and requiring humane burial of fetal remains.
It also “effectively repeals Indiana’s prohibition of abortion on unborn children for reasons of ‘disability,’’ to the extent SB1’s redefinition of abortion authorizes the termination of pregnancies where the unborn child ‘suffers from an irremediable medical condition that is incompatible with sustained life outside the womb,’ which as a matter of statutory text (i.e., the primary focus of any judicial interpretation) is broader than Indiana’s current definition of ‘lethal fetal anomaly,’” Thomas More adds.
Those babies with ‘other disabilities’ are currently protected from abortion in Indiana, but under the new definition in SB1, those babies would be subject to abortion.
Indiana Right to Life has come out against the “weak and troubling” SB1 as well, explaining that it does not “provide any meaningful enforcement provisions.”
The group stated:
This bill goes through the motions on paper, but lacks any teeth to actually reduce abortions in Indiana by holding those who perform abortions or would intentionally skirt the law accountable with criminal consequences. As the bill reads now, the 8,000-plus abortions that take place annually in Indiana would continue unabated in counties like Marion County where the prosecutor has already stated he will not enforce the law.
Roe v. Wade’s overturn last month sparked the activation of scores of pro-life laws across the country. Abortion giant Planned Parenthood has suspended abortions and/or closed locations in reaction to the ruling, and pro-life attorneys general have declared their intentions to enforce their states’ duly-enacted abortion prohibitions.
But leftists prosecutors in dozens of localities have vowed not to enforce such laws, ensuring that work and debate will continue over the prospect of banning abortion nationally.
Pro-abortion activists’ emphasis on supporting interstate travel for abortion also presents a challenge to pro-life policymakers, though groups such as the Thomas More and the National Association of Christian Lawmakers are currently exploring potential solutions.
President Joe Biden has called for electing more Democrats to Congress to support codifying a “right” to abortion-on-demand in federal law.