Governor Holcomb Only Pro-Life Candidate in Gubernatorial Race
INDIANAPOLIS – Indiana Right to Life PAC today announced its endorsement of Governor Eric Holcomb for a second term, the only pro-life candidate in the gubernatorial race. The organization recognized Governor Holcomb and Lt. Governor Suzanne Crouch’s pro-life leadership and dedication to protecting all human life.
“The sanctity of life is a fundamental right – and in practice we’ve seen it as a fundamental priority of Governor Holcomb’s as he leads our state,” said Mike Fichter, president and chief executive officer of Indiana Right to Life. “Every day he works to protect Hoosier lives, including the unborn and the most vulnerable among us. He’s the only pro-life candidate in this race, and the right person to lead Indiana for another four years. We’re proud to give him our endorsement.”
As a result of this leadership and the work of Indiana Right to Life, four hundred fewer children were aborted in Indiana in 2019 compared to 2018, an overall 5 percent decrease, according to the Indiana State Department of Health.
Governor Holcomb and Lt. Governor Crouch prioritize life throughout their administration, having reduced Indiana’s infant mortality rate, increased adoptions, championed opportunities for Hoosiers with disabilities and signed pro-life legislation into law.
- Lowering Infant Mortality: Governor Holcomb set a bold goal to make Indiana home to the lowest infant mortality rate in the Midwest by 2024. We’re on our way – the rate has dropped, and now stands at its lowest level in six years, decreased from 7.3 to 6.8 deaths per 1,000 live births. Indiana has saved lives by implementing Levels of Care certifications for perinatal programs, ensuring that mothers and babies get care at a facility with a level of care that matches their risk, and launching Indiana’s OB Navigator program that connects pregnant women in Indiana’s highest-risk ZIP codes with wraparound health services.
- Increasing Adoptions: Just last week, Governor Holcomb announced that Indiana now leads the nation for increasing the number of children adopted from foster care. In 2019, 2,489 children were adopted through the Indiana Department of Child Services (DCS) – a key priority in Governor Holcomb’s Next Level Agenda. Governor Holcomb created the first adoption unit within DCS, has more than doubled the number of adoption consultants in Indiana from seven to 19, has improved technology by enhancing a database for better tracking of adoption inquiries and launched a digital picture book of Indiana’s Waiting Children.
- Championing Hoosiers with Disabilities: Lt. Governor Suzanne Crouch leads the Task Force for Assessment of Services and Supports for People with Intellectual and Developmental Disabilities, which provides a comprehensive assessment of services and proposed services to help Hoosiers with disabilities live more independent lives. She has championed laws that help these Hoosiers have equal access to opportunities and employment services.
- Signing Pro-Life Legislation: Governor Holcomb has signed every pro-life bill to come to his desk.
“In Indiana, we don’t shy away from our biggest challenges – we set major goals and tackle them head-on,” said Governor Holcomb. “Today in Indiana we’re celebrating more first birthdays, more permanent, loving families and more Hoosiers with different abilities finding independence. We still have more work to do – but together, we’re making a difference.”
Indiana Right to Life is a non-profit organization dedicated to protecting Hoosiers’ God-given right to life through positive education, compassionate advocacy, and promotion of positive alternatives to abortion. The group, an affiliate of the National Right to Life Committee, seeks to educate the public on issues of life – including abortion, infanticide and euthanasia.
Indiana Right to Life PAC is the latest group to endorse Governor Holcomb this election cycle. This endorsement follows announcements so far from the NRA, the Indiana State Association of Health Underwriters, the Indiana Fraternal Order of Police, the Indy Chamber, the Indiana Manufacturers Association, the Indiana REALTORS® PAC, the Indiana Professional Firefighters PAC, the Indiana State Building and Construction Trades, the Northwestern Indiana Building and Construction Trades Council, the Indiana Builders Association, the National Federation of Independent Business, the Indiana State Police Alliance, and the Indiana Chamber of Commerce.