In Indiana, our nation’s capital and around the country, thousands came together this month to stand for the unborn at March for Life rallies. Abortion is one of the great tragedies of our time, and I’m encouraged to see so many Hoosiers affirm the right to life and protecting the unborn. This year marks the 47th anniversary of the U.S. Supreme Court’s Roe v. Wade decision, which legalized abortion in the United States at the federal level, and it is more important than ever for us let the world know why we march for life and how we are going to defend life in 2020.
The March for Life is an occasion where we can call for action and join others in hoping for a more just future, and millions have participated since its inception. The March happens every year in January, but the fight to end abortion continues every day.
This year, Indiana won a huge victory for the unborn when the U.S. Supreme Court upheld a law I co-authored requiring abortion providers to bury or cremate fetal remains. Indiana’s fetal remains law protects the dignity of human life by requiring the respectful and humane disposal of aborted babies. While I am pleased the nation’s highest court upheld this part of our law, I am concerned that the court declined to rule on another important part of this law that would prevent a woman from having an abortion based on a fetus's gender, race or genetic disorder. No life should be terminated on the basis of race, sex or disability such as Down syndrome. Every human being should have every right for a chance at life, and I am confident this issue will come before the courts again.
Scientific advances have reaffirmed the indisputable truth that an embryo in the womb is a distinct human life with unique DNA and at an early age, capable of feeling pain.
Protecting life applies to all humans, not just the unborn. We also march to defend the lives of those hanging in the balance between life and death. Euthanasia is the act of killing a patient suffering from an incurable and painful disease or in an irreversible coma. Accepting euthanasia accepts that the lives of the disabled or sick are worth less than others. Euthanasia also exposes family members and caretakers to pressure to end a life prematurely.
Unfortunately, there are some in favor of using euthanasia to end a life. Just this session, proposed legislation would allow euthanasia in the case of terminally ill patients in Indiana. I adamantly oppose this bill and any attempt to destroy a human life.
I am proud of all we are doing in Indiana to defend the life of the unborn, but more work remains to be done. The March for Life is the perfect occasion to make your voice heard and speak out for those who are unable to defend themselves. If you have any questions or suggestions, please do not hesitate to reach out to my office at email@example.com or by calling 317-232-9643.
State Rep. Ron Bacon (R-Chandler) represents House District 75,
which includes portions of Warrick, Pike and Spencer counties.
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