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Attorney general visits local GOP

Indiana Attorney General Curtis Hill talks about issues before his office during the annual Fayette County Republican Party spaghetti dinner Saturday at First Presbyterian Church.

By DARRELL SMITH - dsmith@newsexaminer.com

Indiana Attorney General Curtis Hill has been busy crisscrossing the state and talking to the people of the state. He says people are happy with the directions he is taking the office.

Hill visited the Fayette County Republican Party’s annual spaghetti dinner and auction Saturday at First Presbyterian Church.

“It appears from my conversations with folks that we are moving in the right direction, that the vast majority of those I talk to are happy with the direction of the attorney general’s office,” he said. “I like what I’m doing so we’ll see what the future holds.”

At present, the case of the late abortion provider Dr. Ulrich “George” Klopfer is keeping his office busy.

The doctor’s family members found 2,246 fetal remains in his Illinois home following his death Sept. 3. Because of the likelihood the remains came from Indiana where Klopfer operated three abortion clinics, the Indiana and Illinois attorneys general are working on the case.

Once the determination had been made those remains were of Indiana babies, officials wanted to bring them home for final arrangements with respect and dignity, he said. The remains are in a secure location in South Bend.

“It is a clear indication of why it is important to have laws in the state to provide for appropriate disposition of fetal remains through burial or cremation,” he said. “In 2016, the Indiana General Assembly passed a law to require medical facilities to bury or cremate aborted fetuses.”

The U.S. Supreme Court ruled in favor of that law in May, he said.

People seeking information can call a special number in his office at 317-234-6663.

In response to a question, he said 36 percent of abortions are of African-American babies in a country where 13 percent of the population is African-American.

The issue is not as much abortion but creating a culture than supports life, he said. There must be a support system for those who choose life.

At the same time the Supreme Court ruled in Indiana’s favor on care of aborted remains, the court did not consider a part of that Indiana law that prohibited abortions based on sex or disability.

“Justice Clarence Thomas wrote that the only reason the court did not review the case is because there had not been enough cases in controversy,” Hill said. “I see that as a signal to the states they need to enact legislation in this regard so the process begins so the Supreme Court can decide to take the case up and decide it.”

His office is involved in a multi-state investigation into Google to determine if the company has committed any anti-trust violations, he said. That affects just about everyone. The office also is investigating the vaping industry.

Hill also spoke against the “political correctness” movement for speaking out for something certain groups deem inappropriate, such as border security.

“We’re sitting back and not standing up as conservative folks because we’re concerned we might get boycotted, might get into a fight, what kind of criticism are we going to take?” he said. “It’s happening all over the place.”

Hill noted that absolute truth is being put aside by those who claim they can choose gender, nationality or race. He joked that in the 1950s and 60s, African-Americans should have claimed to be “white” when trying to stay at a hotel that refused service to blacks.

“Think of all we would have accomplished if we had gotten that right,” he said.

Republicans should not be afraid to talk about what they believe and continue to believe what they believe, he said.

“If we don’t, we are finished,” Hill said. “No nation on Earth, no combination of nations on Earth will ever take out the United States of America. If we go down the tubes, we will go down the tubes because of what we’ve done to ourselves. We are destroying ourselves.”