Sue Swayze vs. facts

Ms. Swayze's “Murphy Brown” argument blaming unwed motherhood defies public health science. Swayze calls for mediocre, non-medical marriage programs to serve a religious belief that sex is for reproduction in the context of financially stable marriage. It does not reduce unintended pregnancy or strengthen families. It is not fair to low and middle income people. Public health science shows there is a widening income disparity in contraceptive success and that removing financial barriers to excellent family planning reduces income gaps in managing fertility.

Sexual Health, the basi...

This is the powerpoint presentation that grounded an event for the IUPUI sororities on sexual health. It was an overview of sexual health with many areas suggested for further investigation.

IWIR with Shella

Indiana Week In Review on WFYI Sept 27 discusses Attorney General Greg Zoeller's attempt to calm the controversy about mandatory drug testing for pregnancy. The host, Jim Shella, blogged that he has been directed to video of Zoeller's testimony at a legislative hearing as the comments that initiated the firestorm and even a petition. Later he learns that it is in a Pal-Item interview that Zoeller actually makes the appeal.

Catholic Health Care

The international medical standard of care is that in complications of pregnancy, the life of the mother comes first. A US study by ANSIRH (Advancing New Standards in Reproductive Health) found over half of obstetricians have recently reported ethical conflicts in US Catholic hospitals. The US Conference of Catholic Bishops (USCCB) consider their hospitals formal religious ministries to the poor, the sick and the afflicted although they are funded by Medicare, Medicaid, private insurance and tax exempt status.

Shadows of Innocence

In Shadows of Innocence: Sexual Assault Among Indiana’s Youth, we take a look at the high rate of sexual assault in Indiana, and we’ll also look at states that are doing much better to find out what they’re doing differently. The ultimate purpose is to create awareness about how Indiana schools are preventing sexual assault and inspire discussion about whether policy changes are needed.

IN 2013 Legislation

HB 1182 has passed both houses. It excludes pregnant women from a bill for end-of-life autonomy. Indiana SB 371 has also passed both houses. It unjustifiably restricts the use of medication abortion to surgical-type settings. IRCRC opposes both bills. SB371 fails all four criteria. We also oppose drug testing for TANF because drug surveillance will trap pregnant women. We support the Medicaid expansion for Indiana.