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Indiana did not ban abortion

[This article has also been posted at Warhorn Media: Indiana Did Not Ban Abortion...]

Indiana has been touted as having “banned nearly all abortions.” Indiana Right to Life has said the bill result in “95%” of abortions ending…“probably”…


It’s amazing how much the message changed in the last 36 hours. For weeks most have declared the bill bad and pleaded with legislators to fix gaping holes. Now that it has passed and been signed into law it is being held up as a victory.


Below is my analysis of the language of SB1, the bill which is now codified into law. I have followed it closely.



  1. “Abortion clinics” are indeed done in Indiana. They will be replaced by hospitals and “ambulatory outpatient surgical centers.” The only difference between an abortion clinic and one of these new centers is it must have “majority ownership by a hospital.” (top of page 3) In the next few weeks, is it not probable that a large hospital will simply buy a clinic and term it a center?


  1. Abortions will be legal if the woman has a serious health risk:

““Serious health risk”…means that in reasonable medical judgment, a condition exists that has complicated the mother’s medical condition and necessitates an abortion to prevent death or a serious risk of substantial and irreversible physical impairment of a major bodily function.”


3.     They will be legal up to 40 weeks because of this on pg 12-15

“Abortion shall in all instances be a criminal act, except when performed under the following circumstances:…at the earlier of viability of the fetus or twenty (20) weeks of postfertilization age and any time after, for reasons based upon the

professional, medical judgment of the pregnant woman’s physician if:

(A)  based on reasonable medical judgment, performing the abortion is necessary to prevent any serious health risk to the pregnant woman or to save the pregnant woman’s life”


4.     Dismemberment abortion is legal, too. In case you keep thinking they are trying to say “life of mother” with “health risk,” they are not:

A person may not knowingly or intentionally perform a dismemberment abortion unless reasonable medical judgment dictates that performing the dismemberment abortion is necessary:

(1) to prevent any serious health risk to the mother; or

(2) to save the mother’s life.


5.     Partial birth is allowed but is tighter in language:

A person may not knowingly or intentionally perform a partial birth abortion unless a physician reasonably believes that:

(1) performing the partial birth abortion is necessary to save the mother’s life; and

(2) no other medical procedure is sufficient to save the mother’s life.


6.     They have to provide a second doctor to take care of the failed murder of child. Unless, of course, it would impede on the mother to have a second doctor present:

(b) An abortion may be performed after the earlier of the time a fetus is viable or the time the postfertilization age of the fetus is at least twenty (20) weeks only if there is in attendance a physician, other than the physician performing the abortion, who shall take control of and provide immediate care for a child born alive as a result of the abortion. During the performance of the abortion, the physician performing the

abortion, and after the abortion, the physician required by this subsection to be in attendance, shall take all reasonable steps in keeping with good medical practice, consistent with the procedure used, to preserve the life and health of the viable unborn child. However, this subsection does not apply if compliance would result in an increased risk to the life or health of the mother.


7.     They must tell a woman that life begins at conception before they allow her to murder it. Among the many things listed as necessary for the woman to know on page 16: “That human physical life begins when a human ovum is fertilized by a human sperm.”


  1. They have relieved physicians from the crime of feticide, even if they break the law just enacted:

"this section does not apply to… “a physician licensed under IC 25-22.5 who, upon the request of a pregnant woman, performs a medical procedure to terminate her pregnancy, even if the procedure is not authorized under IC 16-34-2-1.”


9.     Detailed instructions for a doctor and a minor to subvert her parents and the courts to perform an abortion without having to report it on pages including this section allowing a doctor to advocate for her:

A physician who feels that compliance with the parental consent requirement in subsection (a) (b) would have an adverse effect on the welfare of the pregnant minor or on her pregnancy may petition the juvenile court within twenty-four (24) hours of the abortion request for a waiver of the parental consent requirement under subsection (a) (b) and the parental notification requirement under subsection (d). (e)


10. Further allowance that doctor and minor can avoid court altogether if it is an “emergency”

(k) This section does not apply where there is an emergency need for a medical procedure to be performed to avert the pregnant minor’s death or a substantial and irreversible impairment of a major bodily function of the pregnant minor, and the attending physician certifies this in writing.

11. Though they will say they require a 24 hour waiting period, it can be waived on the same basis as everything else.:

The twenty-four (24) hour period described in subsection (f) may be waived if a physician, in the physician’s best medical judgment, determines that an abortion is necessary to prevent the death of the pregnant woman or to prevent substantial and irreversible injury to a major bodily function of the pregnant woman.


There are other problems but to sum up:


A physician may determine a risk to the health of a mother (not the life) and simply perform an abortion on the spot after writing down that he thinks it is prudent. He does not have to provide anything more than a concurring opinion of another physician. This can be done all the way up to partial birth abortion and the physician is completely immune from criminal charges.


We have not banned abortion. To say that we have is to lie.


In all this, it is easy to point fingers at specific politicians. But, as it is, I do not know whether I would have voted for the bill or not.


There were a few attempts to amend it to something better - they all failed. There were a few attempts to amend it to something that actually banned abortion - they all failed.


What is a man to do when he is faced with a bill this bad but with nothing else on the other side to replace it?


I do not fault the men who eventually voted for it. I do not fault the men who abstained. I do not fault the men who refused to vote for it. And God help us as we go forward.

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The Potter's Freedom

“Woe to him who strives with him who formed him, a pot among earthen pots! Does the clay say to him who forms it, ‘What are you making?’ or ‘Your work has no handles’?

                                      – Isaiah 45:9


As Christians, we know that God has made good works for each of His people to walk in. Those good works are similar to the way a potter shapes and adorns each pot to his liking. Some are quite plain. Some are elaborate. Some are short and fat, others tall and thin. We respect the creative work of a potter, even if we may not like everything he designs. He is the maker and can do as he pleases.


The potter in Nashville, IN, has a soft spot in my heart. My family vacationed there when I was young, and we would watch him spin and craft. We begged our parents for a potter’s wheel and got one, but none of us were any good at the craft.


God is just as free to create each of us to his liking. Some He may make into very beautiful pots and others for utility purposes. We are not free to ask for a remodel after our new birth. He will remake us exactly as He intends for the purposes He intends.


He makes some of us with gifts—and good works—that are easily seen and others with those that are more hidden. The Spirit tells us that, “But as it is, God arranged the members in the body, each one of them, as he chose… the parts of the body that seem to be weaker are indispensable …that there may be no division in the body.” (1 Corinthians 12:18-25) Let us rejoice that the God of all Creation has made us a new creature, with good works to walk in!

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Response to News 14

The following was sent to NBC 14 News in response to Ms. Jamee French's questions. Her questions and my response follow.


Dear Ms. French,

Thank you for giving me the chance to respond to your good questions. Taking them in order:

Question 1: Please tell me why you made the post?

Answer: I wrote the post because I am a preacher of the Gospel in God’s Word, the Bible. And God’s Word commands us to flee and repent of our sins. This public party robs men and women and children tempted by various sexual sins of repentance by telling them to celebrate their sins, so I gave our community God’s warning.

Question 2: Please tell me if you still stand by it after it's received several comments and shares of backlash?

Answer: Sure. I moved here from Bloomington, so I knew the partiers and their friends would not want to hear God’s call to repentance. I’m not a politician; I’m a preacher of the Gospel and I’m not ashamed of the Gospel.

Question 3: Also what's your message to those who are upset by your post?

Answer: I understand, and there’s a solution: repent of your sexual sin and trust the blood of Jesus to wash you. If you turn to Jesus, your anger will turn to sorrow, then joy and peace.

Question 4: If you had a loved one who was LGBTQ+ would you still feel the same way?

Answer: First, if you’ll allow me to nitpick over words, this has nothing to do with feelings. It’s God’s law and my work is preaching. But about loved ones, why would anyone assume a pastor calling women and men to repent of sexual sins doesn’t know or love women and men in bondage to sexual sins? Not true. I have loved men all my life, and maybe more intensely than any gay or bi man has ever loved another man. My work preaching is fighting to save their souls.


Joseph Helt

Pastor, First Presbyterian Church of Jasper

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Letter regarding Pride in the Park in Jasper, IN

      Dear community and community leaders,


           We write as Christians out of a spirit of goodwill who want the best for our neighbors. The Lord Jesus has commanded us to love our neighbors and work for the good of our communities. One of the ways we are taught to do this is by appealing to our neighbors to embrace truth and reject what will ultimately harm them. 

           In late June this year, Jasper will host the third annual Gay Pride event at a public park. For any town to allow such an event speaks to the moral degradation of the age. Homosexuality is not a matter of pride because no one should take pride in his or her sin, regardless of what that sin is.  Any public support for hosting it at any publicly funded facility is to our shame. 

           Appeals like this are often met with cries of “homophobia,” but we all know this is an illegitimate argument. Disagreement is not hatred, and actual love is neither unconditional agreement nor unconditional approval. Actual love for our neighbor wants what is best for one another. 

           The dangers of homosexuality are many. It produces heartache at many levels. It correlates to massive spikes in many STDs, depression, and suicide. A community that celebrates homosexuality puts its citizens at increased risk of misery and death. We do not promote drunkenness or drug addiction because we all know the effect it has on individuals and communities. We should not promote homosexuality on similar terms.

           Adding to the darkness of this event is the insistence by the promoters that it is "family friendly" and that there are specific events meant to appeal to "youth." It is well known and documented that grooming of children is a large part of the development of homosexual sin - that it is often helped along by older men and women who urge children and teens to embrace these sins. We ought to protect our youth from these practices and ideas so that they will not suffer the very real consequences outlined above. Jesus says, in Luke 17:2, “It would be better for him if a millstone were hung around his neck and he were cast into the sea than that he should cause one of these little ones to sin.”

           The Gospel of Jesus Christ is both grace and truth. The truth that humans are lawbreakers of the law of God must be admitted and confessed, and the grace of God to forgive sins and grant eternal life is available to any who will come to God through turning from sin and trusting in the Lord Jesus by faith. God’s grace must never be used as an excuse for indulging in wickedness, for Scripture says, “God is not mocked.” 

           1 Corinthians 6:9-11 says “Or do you not know that the unrighteous will not inherit the kingdom of God? Do not be deceived; neither fornicators, nor idolaters, nor adulterers, nor effeminate, nor homosexuals, nor thieves, nor the covetous, nor drunkards, nor revilers, nor swindlers, will inherit the kingdom of God. Such were some of you; but you were washed, but you were sanctified, but you were justified in the name of the Lord Jesus Christ and in the Spirit of our God.” God has spoken from heaven and He is clear, rebellion against Him will never bring us near to Him. But there is the free offer of grace and forgiveness for any who will come to Him. We desire for all to have this forgiveness and appeal to you to receive it. 

           Christians should call for the City Parks Department to deny the event use of its facilities. God calls for the community leaders and companies who have supported it to publicly denounce it. And God calls for all churches in the area to call men to repentance. 


In Christ’s love,


Joe Helt, Pastor of First Presbyterian Church of Jasper

Josh Lagrange, Pastor of True Vine Baptist Church of Ferdinand

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When Roe Is Overturned

Each year in Indiana approximately 7,500 of our citizens are murdered. Year after year, mothers and fathers have walked through the doors of various abortuaries to kill their unborn sons and daughters. While it is true that abortion has been around since time immemorial, we have mechanized it and perfected it in our day. It is clinical, and it is common.

But, with the very real hope of Roe v. Wade being overturned, we have a coming reality: we will have thousands of children who otherwise would have been murdered by their parents coming into the world to breathe and live. It is a good reality, but it comes hand-in-hand with the complex problem of knowing how to care for these children. Although a problem, this does not mean it is bad; rather, we must think of solutions and prepare. Are we prepared for this world?

Beginning very soon, thousands of unwanted children will enter the world around us. We must be ready to meet them as orphans in our streets. We must be prepared to care for them and love them. We must be ready to bring them into our homes and lives. What preparations are necessary?

We will have to work twice as hard to provide material goods for them. The money and food and clothing we have been giving will have to double or triple. Many of us must enter the world of adoption and foster care. Baby boxes for abandoned infants will need to be commonplace.

Though the world has accused the church of not caring for the least of these—and using that argument to slaughter their children—we know that we have been hard at work. The church has built pregnancy centers and food pantries and diaper drives. Now we must redouble the work. The world will always have orphans, and soon it will have many more.

It is a logistical problem, to be sure, but it is also a spiritual problem. In ourselves, we do not have the strength and resources to help all these little ones. But we do have the power of the Spirit to help us care for the unwanted and unloved. We must ask God for His help to prepare for and to do the work. We must cry out to Him for the strength to meet the need.

Thousands of children will now need our help in very real ways. Rise up, O Church!

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