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Important pro-life victory for Hoosiers

Our Take

Gov. Eric Holcomb – and the Indiana General Assembly – hit the ball out of park recently when Indiana adopted measures that re-classify the murder of an unborn baby as homicide and require annual inspections of abortion centers.

The case of Kermit Gosnell, the Philadelphia abortionist, for instance, got the attention it deserved.

You may remember it: prosecutors called his West Philadelphia workplace a “House of Horrors.”

Even the Washington Post couldn’t help but report the conditions there:

“The FBI and the Pennsylvania Department of Health raided Gosnell’s clinic ... (and) what they found inside was described ... as ‘filthy’ and ‘disgusting’: There was blood on the floor. A stench of urine filled the air. A flea-infested cat was wandering through the facility, and there were cat feces on the stairs. Semi-conscious women scheduled for abortions were moaning in the waiting room or the recovery room, where they sat on dirty recliners covered with blood-stained blankets ...”

The New York Times finally covered it, too:

“The scathing grand jury report ... detailed how despite complaints and malpractice suits, no inspector had visited (Gosnell’s clinic) in 16 years.

And that wasn’t the worst of it: Gosnell was convicted of three counts of murder for cutting the spines of infants born alive there, as well as involuntary manslaughter in a woman’s death. She was given an overdose of sedatives.”

As we understand it, 27 states already insist on a yearly inspection of abortion clinics, so this is a huge step in the right direction for the safety of Hoosier women.

It also said to mandate that all medical doctors must report treatment they give women for complications due to abortion – such as infections and anxiety.

“This important pro-life law ensures abortion complications don’t get swept under the rug. Hoosier women deserve better,” Indiana Right to Life president Mike Fichter was quoted as saying.

In addition, Holcomb also signed into law a measure that says anyone who kills an unborn baby can face murder charges, no matter the child’s age. It’s said 37 other states have that law on the books as well.

There’s perhaps no better way to gauge a society than how it treats its most vulnerable citizens.

We’re grateful that the leaders of our capital stepped up to pass this important, life-saving legislation.