Constituents sharply condemn abortion legislation, urge Pence to veto

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Petition link: http://petitions.moveon.org/sign/stop-indianas-hb-1337?source=c.em&r_by=15333876

For Immediate Release

(Indy Feminists) Friday, March 11, 2016

Constituents sharply condemn abortion legislation, urge Pence to veto

In protest of the passage of House Enrolled Act 1337 against the wishes of constituents, Indy Feminists will deliver a petition signed by over 1800 people to Governor Mike Pence on Monday, March 14, 2016 at noon in the Indiana Statehouse. This anti-abortion legislation creates a hostile health environment not just for abortion patients, but for all pregnant Hoosiers, and the doctors who serve them.

Continuing a history of big-government overreach, Indiana’s lawmakers are once more inserting themselves into Hoosiers’ private medical decisions in passing anti-abortion legislation that shames, coerces, and demeans pregnant people at a time when the greatest need is for support and accurate medical information.

HEA 1337 employs false stereotypes about marginalized communities to create an unconstitutional ban on abortion based on disability status, race and sex – even before viability. Legal precedents say states may NOT impose undue burdens on a woman’s right to choose during the period of pregnancy before the fetus is viable.  Earlier this year, the US Supreme Court refused to hear two abortion cases – thereby reaffirming the viability criteria of Roe v. Wade (Arkansas’ ban on abortion at 12 weeks of pregnancy & North Dakota’s 6-week ban).

The stereotypes employed by this legislation have no supporting evidence in the US. If signed in to law, HEA 1337 would only serve to increase any trauma or grief the pregnant person and their family may be experiencing. This jeopardizes the sacred trust needed for the doctor/patient relationship and makes patients scared to speak honestly about pregnancy concerns.

HEA 1337 requires the state health department to develop mandatory scripts of information about perinatal hospice care for people whose pregnancies have been diagnosed with a lethal fetal anomaly. Pregnant patients have always had the option of hospice. The handling of a tragic pregnancy outcome, and the remains, should be made between patients and their doctors, with compassion, not coercion.

HEA 1337 exposes doctors to harm by disclosing abortion providers’ back-up physicians and hospital agreements to all hospitals in the area around an abortion clinic – at a time where the political and social climate is filled with violent rhetoric and domestic terrorism towards abortion providers.

Finally, HEA 1337 shames and demeans patients in need of compassion in a time of loss, by mandating the burial and cremation of miscarried or aborted remains. To complete this process, a pregnant person would have to complete a form that could potentially jeopardize their privacy by requesting their name – a potential HIPAA breach.

This long list still does not describe all of the ways HEA 1337 threatens doctors and patients.  The provisions in HEA 1337 limit access to legal healthcare, shame patients, and do nothing to protect the health of Hoosiers. Governor Pence should veto this legislation.

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Contact name: Harmony Glenn

Email: IndyFeminists@gmail.com

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Manners, Please: A Case for Consent Education

SheHive cofounder and Indy Feminists member Elle Roberts talks about teaching children consent for Nuvo Magazine.

She poignantly states:

“As demonstrated by my hair-braiding student, teaching children the value of ownership over their bodies is a lesson in consent that can be applied to situations where setting and respecting emotional, physical, and sexual boundaries is an invaluable social skill. Along with addressing teen rape and sexual assault, consent education may help reduce unplanned pregnancy and dating violence among Hoosier teenagers, two other rates of occurrence in Indiana hovering well above the national average.”

Read the full story here:

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RFRA. Trying to shut out Syrian refugees. Multiple attempts to limit or eliminate abortion access in the state. The criminalization of pregnancy. HJR-3. A bare bones, barely there expansion of healthcare coverage. Attacks on Planned Parenthood. Giving state TANF funds to Real Alternatives. The list of challenges our state has faced and will continue to face under its current leadership is long, and heartbreaking. Every day, those of us who are a part of Indy Feminists try to fight back against the steady stream of conservative crap that flows here. We do it without money for the most part, and when money is required, we dig into our own mostly empty pockets. We need more than our spare change, though, to get us to some training that will hopefully make our fight more effective.

Nearly two years ago, Indy Feminists took a #vanfulloffeminists — and a car driven by our friend Jamie from NARAL Pro-Choice Ohio — to Oklahoma for the Take Root Conference. The trip changed our lives.

By February of 2014, we’d been working together about six months as Indy Feminists. We had big dreams, and big frustration with the way government works in this state. We were growing and looking to solidify our direction. A conference focused on doing reproductive justice activism in red states seemed like the perfect place to pick up new tools, make new friends, and push ourselves forward. We got all that from Take Root, and more.

From the very first moment of the pre-conference training with Young People For , we were challenged, moved and opened up to new possibilities. The guidelines for creating safe space within that training became the basis for the Safe Space Agreement that every member of our group now signs on to when they join. In this way, we have continued to learn and grow together for two years, always defaulting to love, and accepting the challenge of growing when one of us calls another out for problematic speech or behavior.

The conference itself provided us with invaluable information, and we made connections and friends that have helped us create community, and push for change here at home.

We’re looking to attend again in 2016, with plans to take even more folks — maybe TWO vans full of feminists! Indy Feminists has grown substantially since our original trip, plus we want to bring some activist partners from other Hoosier organizations as well. The more we learn and work together, the stronger our movement becomes.

We’re asking for your help to get us there. Although each participant covers their own registration fee, we still have to rent vehicles, put gas in those vehicles, and pay for lodging for four days. We’ll have some fundraisers going on over the next few months, so please keep an eye out for them, and participate or share them as you see fit. If you’d like to just donate to our trip, you can always PayPal us at indyfeminists@gmail.com.

It’s only with the support of our community that we’ve come this far at all. With your help, we can all go even further.

Dear IMPD & Indianapolis Media

Amanda Blackburn.

Now that I have your attention I plead with IMPD to put the same sort of effort into solving the murders of Coriana Johnson, 17, and Makayla Mitchell, 18, which occurred on October 4, 2015. They were not blonde. They were not white. They were not the wives of pastors. They were not pregnant. They were teen girls with jobs that gave back to their community, and they were shot to death in their car. Since that time we have seen a pretty, blonde woman who was also tragically murdered get a response from IMPD that included multiple homicide detectives and nearly 24/7 media coverage.

Coriana and Makayla deserve the same pressing, intense police work. The cases are different and I recognize that. IMPD has been quoted as saying it’s possible that Coriana and Makayla knew their killer, but shouldn’t that make their suspect easier to find, even if those connected are not as forthcoming with information?
Three young lives were destroyed by violence, yet Amanda’s seems to be the only one with value. I urge the city of Indianapolis, our media, and IMPD to make Coriana and Makayla a priority. Their families and friends suffer, just as those of Amanda do, and it’s time to stand up and demand that their lives matter, too.

March for Transliberation!

March for Transliberation!

On the one year anniversary of Leelah Alcorn’s death there will be a march in downtown Indianapolis against the tyranny and oppression that the transgender community experiences due to the systematic barriers of our society. On that day we will publicly demand that not another soul is lost because of the transphobic institutions that function in Indiana and the world.

When:
December 28th 2015 3:00 p.m.

Where:
The Indianapolis City Market
222 E Market St, Indianapolis, IN 46204.

Facebook event page:https://www.facebook.com/events/901010846658938/

Contact for more information:
Theaudreybee[at]gmail[.]com