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“A Hoosier family lost their baby born at just 22 weeks old because they said the hospital refused to treat him due to his inability to help people born before 24 weeks. Now moms will be educated about a hospital’s ability to manage high-risk pregnancies and provide life-saving baby care.

This is a direct quote from a recent shipment, produced by and postage paid by the Indiana House of Representatives.

There are quite a few questions to answer about this taxpayer funded mailing. First, when did this unidentified event happen? Which hospital refused treatment? Did this hospital have the capacity to handle a 22 week delivery? What treatment was refused and why? What is the source of this statement?

We deserve to know the facts of this claim.

The vague and misleading representation seems to tell us that our members of the Republican Chamber have just learned of an ethical treatment long used by the American College of Gynecology and Obstetrics, as early as 2005 and revised in 2019 (verification is available at / clinic / clinical-orientation / committee-opinion / articles / 2016/06 / refusal-of-medical-recommended-treatment-during-pregnancy).

Are our qualified, gerrymandered Republican lawmakers adjusting to these standards set out in 2005? Healthcare professionals have applied these guidelines for years.

Clinical and ethical guidelines state that physicians should educate patients about their ability to treat.

According to this document, if a patient decides to undergo treatment for an extremely premature birth, the doctor is bound by the Hippocratic Oath to honor the patient’s decision.

I ask our Republican members again: do they know if this hospital had the capacity to treat? No credible source is listed.

The oath also states: Do no harm. According to this document, the doctor may choose to stop treatment if the fetus suffers harm from the treatment. Under what miserable circumstances were the doctors and this family operating during this unsuccessful denial of treatment?

In what can be called a turbulent half-decade of crowding out public schools and making it easier to get guns (damn it, Chicago has a gun problem), the party in power has tried to usurp the constitution of our state to take powers that do not belong to it. to that.

The COVID maneuvers have caused Governor Eric Holcomb and Todd Rokita, occupant of the attorney general’s office, to fight in court. This internal party struggle is funded by taxpayers but is used to circumvent the founding document of our state.

Currently, this party is preparing to do away with the well-established law for women’s rights to health care while erectile dysfunction pills can be received discreetly sent to men.

Our gerrymandered supermajority house is taking the time to “fix” these issues while the Hooisers across this state are suffering the consequences. They also took the time and taxpayer dollars to send out these continually misleading mailings.

We are funding a party of deception. This propaganda must stop.

The portrayal of an insidious act to demonize the death of a child as a Democratic ploy is truly disgusting. Why is taxpayer money used for political purposes?

For a party that declares its fiscal responsibility, this is not about Conservative action and a small government.

I find it ironic how the Democrats in this state are vilified for what the Republican Party has legislated here for decades.

Indiana has been bombarded by deceptive leadership that has infiltrated us for decades. Dig deep, Hoosiers; run for an open office in your hometown.

The change starts locally. Running for that school board seat; candidate for the post of county commissioner; run for sheriff, precinct president, city council, drainage board.

We get change if we have seats at the table. If not now when?


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