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  • Writer's pictureAmy Schlichter

But...Everybody Else is Doing It!

Dear Friend,

In the forty-four years abortion has been legal, when have you ever heard a legislator say, “This is a great time to end abortion in Indiana”?

They always have an excuse to tell us it’s not the right time. The session is too short, or the session is too long. It’s either an election year, or a budget year, so they always want to deal with “social issues” next time.

Who can forget House Speaker Brian Bosma reminding us last year of our need to focus on what’s really important? (Hint, it wasn’t unborn babies.) This year, our governor is focused on fireflies, if that tells you anything.

Legislators are on the 1,000 year plan for ending the abortion holocaust in our state. They know it will take a lot of hard work, tremendous effort, and it won’t be easy, and they’d like to coast through their session, working hard only to make you think expanding government and raising taxes is in your best interest.

Yes, I have heard about every excuse out there from legislators on why they can’t do their jobs. They have all sorts of reasons why they shouldn’t be protecting unborn babies NOW, at the moment of conception.

One I’ve been hearing from them lately is, “But Amy, we can't pass Protection at Conception because the courts won't let us." I’ve heard this before, and I’m sure I’ll hear it again in the legislators’ laundry list of reasons to keep letting babies die.

This excuse is just another line these guys are feeding us to make us think their hands are tied and now just isn’t the right time. Well, I’m not taking the bait.

First, state and federal court seats are always changing as judges retire, die, or take other jobs.

Since these cases often take a couple of years (or more) to be litigated, there is no way of knowing in advance the personnel who will be on various courts when an opinion is issued. Your pro-life conservative Republican legislators know this already. They are just hoping you do not.

Still, “the courts won’t let us, so I’m not gonna try” is the classic “my dog ate my homework” excuse of the legislative body.

Lame excuses never get school kids off the homework hook, and I’m not letting legislators off the hook here either.

Just because we don’t know for sure what kind of opinion a court may issue doesn’t mean it’s ok for legislators to shirk their duties of protecting the innocent.

When I say it’s wrong to stonewall a bill that could save thousands of Indiana babies, legislators answer with, “but everybody else is doing it.” Because they think the courts will block the bill, they are going to block the bill before the court can do it?!

These legislators need to be reminded of a little lesson their mothers probably taught them when they were small: you should do what’s right, even if others choose to do wrong.

The lives of another 8,000 babies hang in the balance, and Republicans say they can’t even try to save them because of the courts. Well, guess what. The “courts” didn’t let Colorado legislators legalize marijuana either, but they did it anyway. Do lawmakers in Colorado care more about pot smoking freedom than the lawmakers in Indiana care about an unborn baby’s right to live?

Guys like Speaker Bosma and Rep. Ben Smaltz know we have a chance! They know they could get Protection at Conception passed if they wanted to. What kind of pro-lifer refuses to support a bill that would end abortion in Indiana, once and for all?

If Bosma and Smaltz are really pro-life like they keep insisting they are, they will be pleased and proud to give Protection at Conception a hearing and a vote.

Voters deserve to know where their representatives stand on the issue of life. An up or down roll call vote will tell us who really wants to end abortion in Indiana and who is just faking it to get elected.

They say this fight will be too hard.

I say bring it on.

Most things worth doing are not easy. The lives of 20 innocent babies a day are most certainly worth the fight.

Our legislators have the power and ability to pass a law that would save those lives, but they are using what courts might do as an excuse to ignore the bill.

This is unacceptable.

Friends, we need an up or down roll call vote so we can see who is serious about saving babies and who doesn’t care if they keep dying.

Regardless of the opinions a judge might issue, legislators still need to do their jobs and protect unborn babies in Indiana. If they decide not to do that, I am here to make sure you know about it.

Which of your legislators want to side with Planned Parenthood and which want to be on the side of righteousness and life? I surely want to know, and I’m sure you do, too.

There is a way for us to find out, and that’s through a roll call vote--the vote that Bosma, Smaltz, and the rest of the committee members are desperately trying to avoid.

These guys need to hear from you, the people who put them in office, and they need to hear from you today. Please do not delay—sign your petition demanding a fair hearing and a roll call vote on Rep. Curt Nisly’s Protection at Conception bill.

If Bosma and Smaltz are pro-life like they say they are, then they should have no problem letting the other members of the legislature vote on this life saving bill.

I do hope you’ll consider chipping in $10 or $20 to help us reach more people with news about Protection at Conception. With your help, we can reach thousands of people who will also make their voices heard, letting Indiana lawmakers know Hoosiers want to protect all babies at conception.

Thank you so much for your continued support of Hoosiers for Life. It’s always the right time to do the right thing, and I’m honored to join you in the fight for all innocent children’s right to live.


Amy Schlichter

Executive Director

P.S. Legislators use excuses like “the court won’t let us” to avoid passing the Protection at Conception bill. This, like other excuses, is just another way to put off ending abortion until later, and by later, they mean never.

Lawmakers should do their part to end abortion, no matter what other officials choose to do. An up or down roll call vote is a must for the Protection at Conception bill, so voters can see where their representatives really stand on the issue of abortion.

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