Drop Feticide Charge!

Press Release: (South Bend, IN) On Friday, December 19th, an Indiana trial court will hold a hearing on criminal charges brought against Purvi Patel, an Indiana woman. IRCRC has joined an amicus brief to ask that the St. Joseph Co. Superior Court drop the feticide charge because it was never intended to be used against a perinatal woman. She needed health care, not handcuffs.

Purvi Patel

IRCRC DEPLORES NEW CRIMINAL CHARGES AGINST PURVI PATEL The Indiana Religious Coalition for Reproductive Justice is dismayed that the St. Joseph County Prosecutor has imposed new charges of feticide and fetal murder against Ms. Purvi Patel based on the tragic outcome of her pregnancy. Medical and public health experts recognize that attaching the threat of criminal prosecution to an appeal for health care is dangerous and will push a woman into hiding.

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.