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Reposted from ManfromMiddletown by Mokurai

It's a measure of the failure of Mike Pence as Governor of Indiana that he is suddenly vulnerable to defeat in the 2016 elections.

People from outside the state have this idea of Indiana as an unrepentantly Republican.  Yet in the last 25 years, Democrats controlled the House for 17 years, and the Governor's office for 14 years. With the exception of the Senate, Indiana has been a competitive state for Democrats at the state and local level.  Which is why the "unexpected" vulnerability of Governor Mike Pence feels all but that to people who've followed Indiana politics for long enough.

Which is why news the former Indiana House Speaker John Gregg is running has been greeted with considerably more enthusiasm nationally than in the Hoosier state.  Mike Pence's relationship with the Koch Brothers political network is well know.  His willingness to front for awful ALEC model legislation has been making progressive Hoosier facepalm since long before this RFRA mess caught the rest of the country's attention.

The problem is that Pence's prospective opponent John Gregg has a Koch problem, or more to the point ALEC problem too.

If John Gregg wants to prove that he's not PWNED by the Koch Brothers/ALEC, he's got to own up to the fact that he has this ALEC connection.  He hasn't.  Forgive me if my enthusiasm for replacing Pence with another Koch pawn is lacking.

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Democrat John Gregg
Democrat John Gregg, who lost to Mike Pence 50-47 in 2012, is back for a rematch
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IN-Gov: On Thursday, former state House Speaker and 2012 Democratic nominee John Gregg announced that he would seek a rematch with Republican Gov. Mike Pence. Pence prevailed by a surprisingly narrow 50-47 margin last time, and the governor's popularity at home took a major hit after he started a national firestorm when he signed the Religious Freedom Restoration Act, which could have allowed businesses to refuse to serve gay people.

A few months ago, Pence looked safe in conservative Indiana, but two recent polls show him struggling in head-to-head matchups with Gregg. And while voters' anger over Pence's handling of the RFRA may fade in the next year-and-a-half, business groups may be less forgiving. Gregg himself says that he was encouraged to run by business people who knew that the RFRA could harm Indiana longterm: If they come to his aid, Pence will be in real trouble next year.

Still, not all Democrats are sold on Gregg. While they acknowledge he is personally very appealing, they were disappointed with his weak fundraising last time. And while Gregg opposed the RFRA, he's still quite socially conservative. A few other Democrats have been mentioned as potential primary challengers, and one of them seems to be moving towards a gubernatorial bid. Despite earlier announcing that she would run for a second term next year, state Superintendent of Public Instruction Glenda Ritz now says that a gubernatorial campaign is "on the table," and that she'll decide by June.

A recent poll gave Pence only a 42-39 lead against Ritz, while Gregg trailed 43-37. Ritz has also won statewide once, unseating GOP incumbent Tony Bennett 53-47 in 2012. Pence and the Republican legislature have been working to strip Ritz of her duties in revenge for her opposition to their policies, claiming she badly handled a statewide test. But if Ritz runs, Team Red will definitely continue to portray her as incompetent.

It's not going to be easy to unseat even a wounded Pence in a state as red as Indiana. Still, Hoosiers have proven that they're willing to split their ballots, and if business groups take up arms against the governor, he'll be in real trouble. A few months ago this contest looked like a snoozer, but now it's become of one of 2016's must-watch races.

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Reposted from Daily Kos Elections by Mokurai
Gov. Mike Pence (R-IN)
Indiana Republican Gov. Mike Pence
On Thursday, former state House Speaker and 2012 Democratic nominee John Gregg announced that he would seek a rematch with Republican Gov. Mike Pence. Pence prevailed by a surprisingly narrow 50-47 margin last time, and the governor's popularity at home took a major hit after he started a national firestorm when he signed the Religious Freedom Restoration Act, which could have allowed businesses to refuse to serve gay people.

A few months ago, Pence looked safe in conservative Indiana, but two recent polls show him struggling in head-to-head matchups with Gregg. And while voters' anger over Pence's handling of the RFRA may fade in the next year-and-a-half, traditional Republican business groups may be less forgiving. Gregg himself says that he was encouraged to run by business people who knew that the RFRA could harm Indiana long-term: If they come to his aid, Pence will be in real trouble next year.

Still, not all Democrats are sold on Gregg. While they acknowledge he is personally very appealing, they were disappointed with his weak fundraising last time. And while Gregg opposed the RFRA, he's still quite socially conservative. A few other Democrats have been mentioned as potential primary challengers, and one of them seems to be moving toward a gubernatorial bid. Despite earlier announcing that she would run for a second term next year, state Superintendent of Public Instruction Glenda Ritz now says that a gubernatorial campaign is "on the table," and she says she'll decide by June.

A recent poll gave Pence only a 42-39 lead against Ritz, while Gregg trailed 43-37. Ritz has also won statewide once, unseating GOP incumbent Tony Bennett 53-47 in 2012. Pence and the Republican legislature have been working to strip Ritz of her duties in revenge for her opposition to their policies, claiming she badly handled a statewide test. If Ritz runs, Team Red will definitely continue to portray her as incompetent though.

It's not going to be easy to unseat even a wounded Pence in a state as red as Indiana. Still, Hoosiers have proven that they're willing to split their ballots, and if business groups take up arms against the governor, he'll be in real trouble. A few months ago this contest looked like a snoozer, but now it's become of one of 2016's must-watch races.

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U.S. Representative Mike Pence speaks during the National Rifle Association's 139th annual meeting in Charlotte, North Carolina May 14, 2010. REUTERS/Chris Keane (UNITED STATES - Tags: POLITICS HEADSHOT) - RTR2DVYW
What once seemed like an easy win for Republican Gov. Mike Pence is looking a lot more unpredictable now
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Republican Gov. Mike Pence started the year with sky-high approval ratings and looked safe for re-election in conservative Indiana. But Pence set off a firestorm in late March when he signed a bill known as the Religious Freedom Restoration Act, which could have allowed businesses to refuse to serve gay people. After an extraordinary firestorm fanned by corporations who were furious at the damage RFRA had done to the state's reputation, Pence and legislative Republicans eventually tweaked the most objectionable parts of the law. But almost overnight, the debacle left the governor looking genuinely vulnerable.

A couple of polls have been released since the RFRA controversy, and they show Pence in trouble. Most notably, a recent survey from Republican pollster Bellwether Research, conducted for local tipsheet Howey Politics, found Pence in the low 40s against a trio of potential Democratic opponents—not a great place for an incumbent to be.

Democrats weren't particularly optimistic about taking this seat just a month ago, but now Team Blue is looking closely at putting the governor's mansion back in play. Former state House Speaker John Gregg was actually considering a bid even before RFRA was drafted, and he sounds especially intent on running now. Gregg and Pence fought it out in 2012, and Pence won by a surprisingly close 50-47 margin.

But not all Hoosier Democrats are inclined to give Gregg another shot. Head below the fold for more.

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Reposted from unapologeticliberal777 by Mokurai

Things are going from bad to worse in Scott County, Indiana as new HIV cases continue to soar amongst IV drug users in Scott County and Indiana Governor Mike Pence and the GOP controlled legislature bear the responsibility for all of this and need to get their heads out of the sand.

As many of you know, the legislature and governor in Indiana shut down the Scott County Planned Parenthood facility in 2013, and four others were shut down across the state as far back as 2011.  Each of the five clinics all provided HIV testing and information about HIV transmission, etc., but were closed in large part due to funding cuts to the state's public health infrastructure passed by the GOP controlled legislature and signed by Governor Mike Pence.  Those cuts came amid a national/local political campaign to demonize Planned Parenthood due to it providing contraception and abortion services at some of their clinics.  Sadly, the Scott County location did not provide abortion services but seems to have fallen victim to the war waged by irrational conservatives across the country and in Indiana.

As a result of these misguided steps taken by the legislature and governor, HIV rates have soared from the usual 5 cases per year to over a 120 this year and climbing:

There are now 120 confirmed H.I.V. cases and 10 preliminary positive cases tied to Scott County, the Indiana State Department of Health said on Friday. That is up from 106 the previous week.

Health officials who declared an epidemic last month have said that they expect the number of cases to rise as more people are tested. The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention sent staff members to Indiana last month to help with testing, the Health Department said in a news release. The growing number of cases could put pressure on Gov. Mike Pence to extend the 30-day needle exchange program that he approved on

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Reposted from Frederick Clarkson by Mokurai

I think there are two underreported features of the fallout from Indiana that we should make sure do not get lost in the hoo ha.  

One is that people are getting it that religious freedom does not and must not equal the right to discriminate. The other is that people are also broadening and deepening their understanding of what they basically already know:  the Christian Right’s view on these things is not shared by all of Christianity.

The Indiana RFRA, as originally written, allowed people to invoke their religious beliefs to deny commercial services to LGBTQ people – but Republican political leaders did not want to admit it. History may recognize Governor Pence’s disastrous interview with George Stephanopoulos on ABC’s This Week as a turning point, not only in the battle over the state’s RFRA, but in the struggle over the definition of religious freedom in our time.

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Reposted from Kerry Eleveld by Mokurai
Gov. Mike Pence (R-IN)
Here's something Indiana lawmakers probably didn't account for in their annual budget—spending $2 million on a global public relations firm to stanch the bleeding from the "right to discriminate" bill they enacted. And that doesn't even include the money they'll sink into ad buys. Tom LoBianco and Tony Cook have the details:
Indiana's economic development and tourism agencies announced Monday they have hired global PR firm Porter Novelli to help rebuild the state's image in the wake of the Religious Freedom Restoration Act debacle...

"The recent controversy has advanced the thinking of just a lot of people, that you can't take for granted that people know what Indiana is," said Chris Cotterill, general counsel for the Indiana Economic Development Corp.

The news surfaced after a poll commissioned by the Human Rights Campaign found that 75 percent of Indiana voters believe the state's reputation has been badly damaged.

Indiana Gov. Mike Pence's favorability rating among voters has also taken a dive. Before the fiasco, Pence was riding high with approval ratings of 66 percent in January and 62 percent in February. That support has dropped of by more than 20 points.

HRC’s April poll finds Pence’s personal approval rating essentially tied at 39 percent favorable to 38 percent unfavorable. Separately, 53 percent of voters said the RFRA fight gave them a less favorable impression of Pence.
Surprisingly, Indiana's story isn't enough of a cautionary tale for Republican lawmakers in Maine who are making their own attempt at killing the state's tourism industry.

Republican Gov. Bobby Jindal is also throwing caution to the wind, cuz tourism isn't essential to Louisiana's economy either.

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 Indiana Gov. Mike Pence by DonkeyHotey on Flickr

After Indiana Republicans passed a license to discriminate law, a restaurant called Memories Pizza in the Hoosier town of Walkerton stepped up last week to make sure potential customers knew its religious rules: “No Shirt, No Shoes, No Certification of Heterosexuality, No Service.”

Indiana GOP Gov. Mike Pence provided official sanction for such acts of oppression when he signed a gay-bashing version of the Religious Freedom Restoration Act. It enabled individuals and businesses to legally claim their faith required hateful acts of intolerance. Pence got all huffy when human rights groups accused him of seeking to change the state’s slogan from Hoosier Hospitality to Hoosier Hostility.

Marriage-equality-hating Indiana Republicans were joined by counterparts in Arkansas, North Carolina and Georgia in advancing government-sanctioned discrimination. This is not the way Americans treat each other. Well, not in 2015 anyway. America traveled down the path of intolerance for too many centuries. Now, Americans look back at all-white lunch counters with shame. Despite anxiety about ISIS, they disapprove of blaming terrorism on all Muslims. Americans aren’t perfect inclusive egalitarians. But they’re trying. On a deeply spiritual level, they hate institutionalization of minority hate. 

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I should be able to discriminate against gay people if I believe my God says I should. And black people too. And people who aren't Christians. And people with green eyes, cause, you know, that's weird.

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U.S. Representative Mike Pence speaks during the National Rifle Association's 139th annual meeting in Charlotte, North Carolina May 14, 2010. REUTERS/Chris Keane (UNITED STATES - Tags: POLITICS HEADSHOT) - RTR2DVYW
Somehow Indiana Gov. Mike Pence ended up at the crossroads of a culture war this week and he has no idea why.

According to his account, a combination of some "reckless reporting" and "mischaracterizations" managed to "smear" a perfectly innocent piece of legislation and his beloved state's reputation alongside it. "Heavens"—all he did was sign a little ol' "religious freedom" bill into law at a private signing ceremony with some of his nearest and dearest. How could this all have gone so wrong?

Put a marker here—because this is the exact place that every Republican who harbors national ambitions while living in the land of yesteryear can expect to find themselves at some future, if yet uncertain, date.

All the breadcrumbs that Pence left on his trail to era dysphoria were sure to catch up with him at some point. Though he made certain to tell the press on Tuesday, "I abhor discrimination," his resume had more of an "I adore discrimination" feel to it. Maybe it was just a little slip of the tongue.

For instance, here’s a few tidbits from the website of then-Congressman Pence in 2000, first brought to light by BuzzFeed reporter Andrew Kaczynski.

"In addition to defense spending, Congress should lead a national debate on reforming the military by .... bringing an end to the 'don't ask/don't tell' policy of permitting homosexuals to serve in the armed forces. Homosexuality is incompatible with military service because the presence of homosexuals in the ranks weakens unit cohesion," his agenda stated. …

The "Pence Agenda" supported "an audit to ensure that federal dollars were no longer being given to organizations that celebrate and encourage the types of behaviors that facilitate the spreading of the HIV virus."

"Resources should be directed toward those institutions which provide assistance to those seeking to change their sexual behavior," the site said.

Sure, the early aughts were a different time and place, but those words foreshadowed which elements of the culture war Pence would cling to even after American voters hit a fork in the road, scratched their heads, and went the other way.

For more on the GOP's future, please head below the fold.

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From The Indianapolis Star:

Gov. Mike Pence has signed into law a measure aimed at removing fears that the state's new "religious freedom" law would allow businesses to discriminate against gays and lesbians.

Here is his full statement:

"The freedom of religion for every Hoosier is enshrined in the Constitution of the United States and in the Indiana Constitution, which reads, 'No law shall, in any case whatever, control the free exercise and enjoyment of religious opinions, or interfere with the rights of conscience.' For generations, these protections have served as a bulwark of religious liberty for Hoosiers and remain a foundation of religious liberty in the State of Indiana, and that will not change.

"Last week the Indiana General Assembly passed the Religious Freedom Restoration Act raising the judicial standard that would be used when government action intrudes upon the religious liberty of Hoosiers, and I was pleased to sign it.

"Over the past week this law has become a subject of great misunderstanding and controversy across our state and nation. However we got here, we are where we are, and it is important that our state take action to address the concerns that have been raised and move forward.

"Last weekend I called upon the Indiana General Assembly to clarify that this new judicial standard would not create a license to discriminate or to deny services to any individual as its critics have alleged. I am grateful for the efforts of legislators, business and other community leaders who came together to forge this clarifying language in the law.

"Hoosiers deserve to know, that even with this legislation, the Religious Freedom Restoration Act enhances protections for every church, non-profit religious organization or society, religious school, rabbi, priest, preacher, minister or pastor in the review of government action where their religious liberty is infringed. The law also enhances protection in religious liberty cases for groups of individuals and businesses in conscience decisions that do not involve provision of goods and services, employment and housing.

"In the midst of this furious debate, I have prayed earnestly for wisdom and compassion, and I have felt the prayers of people across this state and across this nation. For that I will be forever grateful.

"There will be some who think this legislation goes too far and some who think it does not go far enough, but as governor I must always put the interest of our state first and ask myself every day, 'What is best for Indiana?' I believe resolving this controversy and making clear that every person feels welcome and respected in our state is best for Indiana.

"Our state is rightly celebrated for our pro-business environment, and we enjoy an international reputation for the hospitality, generosity, tolerance and kindness of our people. Hoosier hospitality is not a slogan; it is our way of life. Now that this is behind us, let's move forward together with a renewed commitment to the civility and respect that make this state great."

Update 1:

When the clarification was revealed, many religious right groups expressed their disappointment and urged a veto. From the Family Research Council:

WASHINGTON, DC -- Family Research Council (FRC) President Tony Perkins released the following statement in response to Indiana legislation that would gut the state's Religious Freedom Restoration law which is also on the books in 19 other states:

"On the eve of Good Friday, Big Business is encouraging elected leaders to take the silver over religious freedom.

"This new proposal guts the Religious Freedom Restoration Act and empowers the government to impose punishing fines on people for following their beliefs about marriage.

"Religious freedom should not be held hostage by Big Business. Big Business is now putting religious freedom in a worse place than before RFRA was signed into law. Gutting RFRA in this manner would put people of faith in the crosshairs of government discrimination as never before. Far from being a 'clarification,' this would gut religious freedom in Indiana. Religious freedom doesn't need a 'fix.'

"This proposal would force religious businesses and even nonprofits deemed 'not religious enough' to participate in wedding ceremonies contrary to their owners' beliefs. If the government punishes people for living their faith, there are no limits to what government can control.

"We urge the governor to veto this measure that will be used by the government to bring financial ruin on people like florist Barronelle Stutzman, bakers Aaron and Melissa Klein, and wedding photographer Elaine Huguenin.

"Now is the time for elected officials to refuse big business' enticements to sacrifice the fundamental right of people to live their lives according to their beliefs. They should stand on the side of freedom and the American people - not with big business and the intolerant left who want to use the government to punish people for freely living according to their beliefs," concluded Perkins.

• WPA Opinion Research poll finds 81 percent of Americans believe the "government should leave people free to follow their beliefs about marriage as they live their daily lives at work and in the way they run their businesses."

• Rasmussen Survey released yesterday reports 70% of Americans "agree that a Christian wedding photographer who has deeply held religious beliefs opposing same-sex marriage has the right to turn down working a job at such a wedding."

From Advance America, which was a key lobbyist group in support of RFRA:
[Indianapolis, IN] Eric Miller, the Founder and Executive Director of Advance America announced their strong opposition to the proposed drastic change to Indiana’s Religious Freedom Restoration Act.

“The Indiana General Assembly should not destroy in less than 36 hours the Religious Freedom Restoration Act that took over 65 days to go through the legislative process earlier this year,” Miller stated.

The members of the Indiana Senate and Indiana House of Representatives are scheduled to vote on a conference committee report to Senate Bill 50 on Thursday, April 2nd that carries language drastically changing and undermining the Religious Freedom Restoration Act.
“It is wrong for the senators and representatives to vote on a bill that has been written in the last few hours behind closed doors and out of sight of the public. It is wrong for the senators and representatives to make a sham of the legislative process and vote on this bill that has never had one public committee hearing in the Senate or the House.”

“The proposed change to Indiana’s Religious Freedom Restoration Act is not a “fix” but a hammer to destroy religious freedom for Hoosiers around the state – and it was all done behind closed doors!”

The proposed conference committee report will remove religious freedom protection from Hoosier businesses that they presently have in Indiana law.

If the conference committee report is adopted, Christian bakers, florists and photographers would no longer have the benefit of Indiana law to help protect them from being forced by the government to participate in a homosexual wedding.

Likewise, A Christian business owner would no longer have the benefit of Indiana law to help protect him from being forced to permit a male cross-dresser to use the women’s restroom and women’s shower area.

Therefore if the proposed conference committee report is adopted by the General Assembly Hoosier businesses would have less protection for religious freedom than businesses in the majority of other states.

Miller concluded, “In view of the fact that the public has been shut out of the legislative process with regard to the proposed change to the Religious Freedom Restoration Act, the General Assembly should defeat the proposed conference committee report.”

From NOM:
Stung by a furor of false accusations against the Indiana Religious Liberty Restoration Act, some Republican legislators are proposing to "fix" the law by stripping it of any chance to protect people of faith against being forced by law to participate in same-sex 'marriage' ceremonies that violate their deeply held religious beliefs.

Worse, they are rewarding gay activists and celebrities like Miley Cyrus who intentionally and massively mischaracterized the legislation passed last week with expanded "anti-discrimination" provisions that will be used as a club by these same activists to punish people of faith for supporting biblical principles in the way they live their lives.

Russell Moore, the president of the Southern Baptist Convention's Ethics and Religious Liberty Commission, recently tweeted: "This Indiana 'compromise' is a train wreck. It should be voted down."

This "fix" legislation must be defeated! It is like paying ransom to a kidnapper — a complete abandonment of principle in the face of political pressure from those bent on redefining marriage and imposing a radical agenda on the country.

Please sign this petition immediately so that Governor Mike Pence and top Republican legislators realize that we will not stand for this abandonment of people of faith in order to reward the radical left who have grossly mischaracterized the Religious Liberty Restoration Act.

This issue is on a fast-track. It could pass as early as today or tomorrow. Please act immediately so that Governor Pence and Indiana legislators know that you stand for marriage and against the radical left who want to impose their agenda on the nation.

Update 2:

We are getting more reports now of Pence's signing.

From the Fort Wayne Journal Gazette:

[The fix] states explicitly that the Indiana Religious Freedom Restoration Act doesn't authorize businesses to refuse service to gays and lesbians.

But the new language doesn't prohibit discrimination on a broad basis since Indiana law still doesn't recognize sexual orientation as a protected class similar to race and gender. A handful of communities in the state do have such bans.

The move was necessary to try to quash a national backlash against the state that has resulted in boycotts, ridicule and unflattering national coverage.

FOX59 is providing some information on the vote in the legislature:
This language passed 66 to 30 out of the House and 34 to 16 out of the Senate. It did not receive a single democratic vote. Democrats claim it doesn’t go nearly far enough.
Update 3:

ThinkProgress has a report on what the law does. It establishes that the law can't be used as a defines to a suit brought under a local nondiscrimination ordinance.

Indiana’s RFRA will no longer trump state or local laws banning anti-gay discrimination: The fix provides that Indiana’s RFRA does not authorize businesses “to refuse to offer or provide services, facilities, use of public accommodation, goods, employment, or housing to any member or members of the general public” on the basis of a list of protected traits that includes “sexual orientation” and “gender identity.” Another provision provides that the state’s RFRA law does not “establish a defense to a civil action or criminal prosecution” brought against someone who engages in such discrimination. This language appears broad enough to permit local ordinances protecting gay and trans rights to function against business owners with religious objections to LGBT people. It also would enable a similar state law to function, were the Indiana legislature to pass such a law in the future.
However, no statewide civil rights protections on the basis of sexual orientation or gender identity have been added:
LGBT people in Indiana gain no new rights from the fix: In the wake of the backlash against the original Indiana RFRA law, many LGBT rights groups hope that the state would enact anti-discrimination provisions protecting gay and trans people in Indiana at the state level. The fix includes none of these protections. What that means is that LGBT people who live in cities like Indianapolis will regain the rights they already enjoyed before the state RFRA law took effect, but LGBT people who were unprotected before this law will remain unprotected.
Update 4:

This will be my last update. I'm anticipating, as I'm sure we all are, the sh*tstorm that we will see from the religious right. I'm going to keep monitoring religious right groups, and I will post their reactions when I see them on a new diary.

Update 5:

I changed the word "fix" in the title to "amendment". Some have claimed that this does not fix the situation, and I agree. (I oppose all RFRAs as too broad and allowing anyone to do anything.)

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Reposted from TokayAsriel by Mokurai

Apologies if this has already been in a diary today...

Purvi Patel, a South Bend Indiana woman, was sentenced to 41 years for feticide and felony neglect of a dependent on March 30, 2015.  She is ordered to spend 20 years in prison due to the sentences being served concurrently.

In 2013 Ms. Patel presented to the Emergency Room with heavy vaginal bleeding.  Although she denied having been pregnant at first eventually she said that she had had a miscarriage and discarded the fetus in a dumpster.

From RH Reality Check:

In order to support the contradictory charges of feticide and felony neglect of a dependent, the state was required to prove that Patel both “knowingly or intentionally” terminated her pregnancy “with an intention other than to produce a live birth or to remove a dead fetus,” and that she neglected a dependent.

A charge of feticide requires a dead fetus, while a charge of neglect of a dependent requires a live birth.

Apparently this isn't the first time an Indiana woman has been prosecuted under that state's feticide laws, which exist in several states, but are (ostensibly) intended to prosecute those performing illegal abortions or those that harm a pregnant woman and cause her to lose the fetus.

Again from RH Reality check:

Patel is the second pregnant person in Indiana to be charged under Indiana’s feticide law, and the first person to be charged, convicted, and sentenced for the crime of feticide in the United States. Another Indiana woman, Bei Bei Shuai, was charged for the crime of feticide after she attempted to commit suicide when she was eight months pregnant.

Shuai survived, but her daughter did not. The feticide charge against Shuai was ultimately dropped after Shuai accepted a plea deal of criminal recklessness, a Class D misdemeanor.

I read The Handmaid's Tale recently.  This is some seriously scary stuff happening in this country.  

And Indiana, glad my brother moved away so I don't have any reason to travel there.

[http://rhrealitycheck.org/...]  Link to RH Reality Check article

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Sun Mar 29, 2015 at 07:33 AM PDT

Indiana Bill Signing Guest Bigots

by Mokurai

Indiana Gov. Mike Pence won't say who the smiling bigots and homophobes were at the signing ceremony for the hateful SB 101, but many have been identified, and more could be. Any assistance in naming and shaming the rest of them will be greatly appreciated. Let's start with this photo. Look how happy they are!

Indiana Gov. Pence signs discriminatory RFRA Bill 101 in the presence of proud bigots

The short version from USA Today is that these are

supportive lawmakers, Franciscan monks and nuns, orthodox Jews, and some of the state's most powerful lobbyists on conservative social issues.
More from other news sources and some of the parties themselves below the Orange Pennon of Satanic Pride.
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