Let’s Be Straight...

Indiana’s New Law, Disposal of Fetal Remains 1) In Indiana’s last legislative session, Sen. Liz Brown authored SEA 329 Disposal of Fetal Remains which legislatively redefined the medical term “fetus” to mean “unborn child irrespective of gestational age or duration of...

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.

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.