Indiana Legislators about to make their medical opinion the law

SB 340   will be heard on the House floor this afternoon. There is still time to remind/alert Representatives  that the  bill is unethical, damages Safe Haven laws,  and forces physicians to give false medical advice or face charges. And it will be challenged .

What the bill does, is- wait- forgot to add we’ve already given over 5 million to ACLU from last two court battles.

Before a woman   has the hysterectomy,  ( yes , now they’re regulating hysterectomies), the physician needs to follow a list of what the Legislator’s medical advice. The patient   needs to sign off on it and she has to write a “Dear Woman’s Committee- ” letter that she was told  all their advice, including  her assistance checks would’t be cut off if she refused the hysterectomy that she needs. (?) And yessss she  knows she wont have the parts to get pregnant, and  always good when a DOCTOR is forced to tell you how much this will cost.

Now if its an abortion, there are 10 pages of questions to fill out.

Enough sarcasm- the legislation is bullshit. Legislators of  my State convinced the Moratorium Review Board this was an emergency , and their colleagues in the Senate to ignore every health agency’s statement on the dangers of the unregulated  baby box devices. Not only that , but convinced them  to declare   them safe and add this to   Safe Haven law.  THE   BILL AMENDMENT STATES IF THE BOXES FAIL YOU CANT HOLD US LIABLE.  There is a reason  no other state has them.

Our Infant Mortality rate  has remained in top 7 for years… Governor Holcomb in  his State of the State address cited this as  a priority,  Indiana Mortality Review Committee, Dr. Jerome Adams,  the   Department of Children Services, the State Department of Health, 2 years ago stated they would not endorse them.

There is so much more. The Department of Health will have to divert funds from other programs – to do paperwork, That money, plus the millions on lawsuits could be used for disparity in maternal health, accessible reproductive care, and more.

As a Chaplain  I  often minister with  women facing procedures, Nothing is minor. I cant understand how Sen. Liz Brown or Rep, Borders  or   my Senators would pass  this law? Do they not know women have abortions for medical reasons? Why would you mandate physicians to tell her about Safe Haven laws? Adoption? Or give false statements as to when a fetus feels pain? Or remind them they  can carrying to term? You really  have that low an opinion of women that they didn’t think this  through?

As to the hysterectomy?  Most times that is a very emotional decision. Many want to have more children- or they  aren’t ready to  end that possibility.  But  there are health issues- disorders- and for many reasons they need a hysterectomy.  Where is the holiness in mandating  physicians  to remind women – several times- that they’ll be infertile. To remind them of the cost.  And have them write  a letter about it,

Holiness- yes  I know law and religion  are separate,   SB 340  is deliberate cruelty  on Legislators part- but they absolve themselves and have it delivered through the one who took oath to do no harm.


Latest plans for Gary Schools

The latest plans for the Gary Schools were announced  Friday afternoon. Direct and to the point.

Gary’s  Wirt-Emerson set for closure .  New plans for Gary schools include massive layoffs. 

Imagine that’s your school.  Anxiety  and images from the  Florida school shooting  are still fresh, But it’s good to be with your classmates, your community.  Then this announcement.  Suddenly the comfort and familiarity of your school will be gone.  All because of the actions of past administrations.


Sigh, Emergency Manager Hinckley, team member$ , and DUAB agree that tough decisions are needed.  Yes. But this decision eats away at the unstable foundation of the Gary Community School System, instead of strengthening it.

Why is holding those responsible too tough a decision?

For years the community of Gary have consistently voiced concerns of mismanagement with no results. Demands for action were ignored. Yes, demands as in here is the documentation on deficiencies, here is the law, you have the responsibility to take action.

No investigations. School carried on with  select  Administration  paid even when teachers were not, those in  power were free to do as they pleased, which occasionally meant avoiding public input by refusing to respond to plans and offers from organizations.

In July 2017 GCSC was  taken over  by the State of Indiana and the Distressed Unit Appeals Board. The writing seemed to  be on the wall!  the usual suspects  re-imaged themselves and were given power on  the current  Boards or Committees. The consulting firm, Emergency Manager,  and appointees relied on the previous misadministration to inform and guide them.

Current powers rely on the previous misadministration for information and data.

A swift kick in the dupa  and out the door works wonders. That didn’t happen, and evidently no middle ground as new powers sought their sage advice.  This is not a well thought out plan. We’re not talking about masterminds with secret codes here. There is no logical reason to solicit defective and deceptive policies.

To borrow that beloved Indiana tourism slogan ,this is Honest To Goodness Indiana!  Our former Attorney General spent hundreds of thousands of dollars on unsuccessful lawsuits defending laws which the Legislature knew were unconstitutional.

These concerns are pitching underhand to the State. Documentation on GCSC actions and inactions are irrefutable. They include include financial irregularities, (i.e. missing money), unaccounted (i.e. Stolen )property, and an inventory for countless pieces of valuable artwork with more white out than the Oscars. (i.e. we know who had that piece last and sent them a note but it’s only been 6 years). Bonded, insured, and verified organizations offered without cost, to board up and secure the wide-open closed schools, remove and store artworks wherever the City chose. Others wanted to buy or rent these properties, individuals offered programming approved by the State. These and more were ignored  by GCSC , sent to a black hole of emails, or scratched from public testimony.

The plans for Wirt-Emerson , consolidations, and lay-offs are deja-vu. Unknown agendas with known and detrimental consequences.

Among the parents and teachers and community who have not waivered is Carlos Tolliver, elected to  the School board a year ago. “Fiscal transparency and accountability”   is his  mantra which echoes throughout the city.

Holding those responsible is ethical, it is just, and gosh darn it the city will recover assets, teachers will be reimbursed for payroll deductions which GCSC kept instead of submitting to 401ks, and I know of at least $30,000 coming back.