Letter Delivered to Indiana Governor Mike Pence
March 14, 2016

Normal 0 false false false EN-US X-NONE X-NONE   I hand delivered this letter to Indiana Governor Mike Pence this morning on behalf of the HAPA coalition of which I am the president.

HAPA Calls for Investigation of Indiana Contract with Real Alternatives
October 21, 2015

The members of HAPA, The Health Access and Privacy Alliance, are disturbed to learn that the State of Indiana has signed a 3.5 million dollar contract with the anti-abortion group Real Alternatives to provide pregnancy support services throughout the state. HAPA urges a full investigation into how this money is being used.

Response to Efforts to Defund Planned Parenthood
August 12, 2015

HAPA (Health Access and Privacy Alliance) is disappointed that Indiana Senators Dan Coats and Joe Donnelly voted to defund Planned Parenthood based upon attacks by a group dedicated to destroying Planned Parenthood and completely banning access to all abortion care. This is not the conversation lawmakers in Indiana need to be having about the health of women, children and families.

Christian Right Targets Indiana Children
July 6, 2015

The Good News Club, which is the child evangelism component of a wider network of the Christian right movement, is targeting Indianapolis July 13-25, 2015. 

Proud of My State—Indiana
April 3, 2015

I have lived in Indiana all of my life and I am very proud of my state. I have traveled pretty extensively in my adult life but there is no other place I would rather call home than Indiana and especially Indianapolis. As Executive Director of Center for Inquiry-Indiana, I meet many people from out-of-state who have the impression that Indiana is a backward state. I find myself in the position of having to defend my state many times.


Dirty Tricks in Indiana
January 23, 2014

HJR-3 passed out of the Indiana House Election and Apportionment committee last night by a vote of 9-3. 

Opposing School Vouchers in Indiana
March 25, 2013

On Tuesday, March 19, members of CFI-Indiana joined Indiana Coalition for Public Education and other organizations for a rally against school vouchers at the Indiana State House.  The following day, I sat through nearly 4 hours of testimony supporting the bill to expand the already problematic voucher program in Indiana before the opposition got its turn to testify.  Each speaker (from both sides) was only allowed 5 minutes to state his/her case.  When I got my turn, I first felt the need to correct a person who had missused a word earlier making his statement the opposite of what he meant and then got to give less than half of my prepared speech.  However, my former student on the Senate Education committee was a model student and took my printed speech, left the room, copied and stapled copies for each member of the committee, and passed them out.  Here is my prepared speech: (I borrowed extensively from CFI’s position paper on school vouchers. )  

Indiana General Assembly Declares War on Public Education and Women
February 23, 2013

Under the guise of protecting women’s health and providing better education for children, the Indiana General Assembly is waging a war against public education and women.

Can Religion Provide Answers in Time of Tragedy?
December 15, 2012

As the mother of two and grandmother of seven, I can identify with the parents and grandparents of the children at Sandy Hook Elementary school in Newtown, Connecticut. My grandchildren are kindergarten, second grade, fourth grade, fifth grade, sixth grade, ninth grade, and twelfth grade. They are in five different schools. The two youngest are near the age of the children who were killed.

Why is CFI Challenging the Indiana Statute Which Specifies Who Can Solemnize Marriages?
December 5, 2012

Why is CFI challenging the Indiana statute which specifies who can solemnize marriages? The most important reason for bringing this case is that it has wider implications. It, in the big picture, is standing up for equal rights for nonbelievers. It is not just about who can solemnize a marriage.