|On the Verge of a Pro-Life Victory in Indiana
Few Hoosiers may realize that the abortion industry has filed a major lawsuit challenging almost every recent pro-life measure added to our law books by the legislature.
Now, the abortion advocate’s gamble may have failed. While lower courts sided with their request to place several commonsense measures on hold, they came up short last week.
Their lawsuit placed the following on hold:
- a requirement that chemical abortions involve a physician;
- a requirement that late-term abortions be performed in a hospital;
- a requirement that counseling and informed consent questions prior to the abortion involve in-person consultation with a medical expert;
- an in-person physical exam requirement before an abortion;
- a prohibition of “telemed” (zoom mtg) for abortions.
The federal 7th Circuit Court of Appeals unblocked these laws (prior to their formal ruling), based upon the state’s preliminary defense of them. The court said, “[W]e hold . . . that existing precedents provide strong grounds for concluding that Indiana is likely to prevail on the contested issues.”
It is possible that the court could do something different when they officially rule, but this appears to be a good indication that our laws will withstand this liberal legal assault.
This is a huge affirmation for common sense medical care and abortion limitations that Indiana Right to Life, AFA of Indiana, and other groups fought to pass in the Indiana General Assembly.
Indiana Attorney General Todd Rokita said, “The appellate court’s decision in our favor at this juncture signifies the overall strength of our legal position. We would expect our commonsense laws to be upheld as the appeal continues. Protecting the culture of life is the top priority of my office, and we will continue fighting for every life alongside our legislative partners.”
Hold On Mr. President
Two top Hoosier leaders are pushing back on President Biden’s use of an OSHA regulation to force millions of people to choose between getting a Covid vaccine or losing their job, regardless of whether they have had Covid (natural immunity) or not.
Governor Eric Holcomb, who has often used the power of his office to push certain controversial Covid steps, said, “I believe the vaccine is the number one tool that will protect us and our loved ones against COVID-19. It is the tool that will end the pandemic . . . However, I strongly believe it’s not the state or federal government’s role to issue a vaccine mandate upon citizens and private businesses . . . it is fundamentally a citizen’s right to choose whether or not to get the vaccine.”
Indiana Attorney General Todd Rokita was even more forceful. “My team and I, along with other like-minded attorneys general, are reviewing all legal action on how to stand against these authoritarian actions by the Biden administration. We will be prepared to file suit if Biden seeks illegal actions restricting Hoosiers’ liberties,” he said.
Were Indiana’s Elections Accurate in 2020?
There is an incredible article posted by the Indiana Policy Review Foundation raising multiple questions about how voter rolls and election totals are verified or not verified in Indiana. The article goes on to show some election results in Hamilton County that seem to defy common sense. . . unless you believe that support for Joe Biden was far stronger than that of Barack Obama.
The well-written article will likely get some pushback, but I think it raises some questions that deserve specific answers rather than a blanket dismissal. You can read it here: https://mailchi.mp/inpolicy/holcomb-wants-afghans-to-fall-in-love-with-indiana-487930?e=220ee228d8&fbclid=IwAR1xqP0ieyvvMQ6HgXfFbG5vfqBvRMfBKvBTrTeZhcNxXJrt92SaHvetVIM
The Media’s Favorite Kind of Crime
The media has long made a big deal about “hate crimes” which are crimes allegedly motivated based upon the victim’s race, gender, ethnicity, religion, or sexual lifestyle. It is often hard to get into the mind of a criminal and come up with rational reasoning, but such crimes are tracked separately from other crimes.
All crime is tragic, but the media seems to like to make a big deal out of these as evidence of America being a racist, hate-filled, bigoted nation. Almost every state, including Indiana, has passed specific laws addressing and tracking hate crimes.
A recent news story ranking hate crimes caught my attention. It may surprise you to learn that Indiana ranks low in hate crimes at 1.3 for every 100,000 residents. The national average is 2.6 for every 100,000. Indiana ranks as the 15th lowest state for hate crimes. Interestingly, liberal states which seem obsessed with race, gender, and sexuality issues are among the worst for these crimes. Washington, Massachusetts, Vermont, and New Jersey are the top four worst states for hate crimes. Neighboring Michigan is the fifth worse, Ohio is the 9th worst, whereas Illinois is the eighth lowest.
In comparison to the 87, or 1.3 hate crimes incidents per 100,000 residents in Indiana in 2019, there were 2,486 or 37.1 rapes per 100,000 Hoosiers. There were 5,331 aggravated assaults or 85.7 per 100,000 Hoosiers. In 2019, there were 132,694 property crimes in Indiana, or 1,971 per 100,000 Hoosiers.
A More Accurate Covid Count
The Centers for Disease Control appears to have quietly admitted that the Covid tests may have inflated the virus count. The widely used PCR tests seem to do a good job finding even the smallest traces of Covid, but they also seem to have difficulty differentiating between it and the flu.
Some have noted that the CDC estimated that in 2019 between 24,000 and 62,000 Americans died of influenza. However, in 2020, during the Covid pandemic, flu deaths dropped to such a low level that it raised questions, even with the mitigation efforts in place for Covid that probably protected us from the flu too. Last year, reportedly, only 646 people died from the flu.
At the end of this year, upon recommendation by the CDC, a new test will appear that can differentiate between the SARS Covid virus and influenza viruses.
In Their Own Words:
“The urge to save humanity is almost always a false front for the urge to rule.” – H.L. Mencken