The former councilor of St. Joseph Co. is concerned about the Department of Health’s statement on abortion

ST. JOSEPH CANTY, Ind. (WNDU) – Today brought criticism that leaders of the St. Joseph County Health Department have overstepped their authority by becoming abortion advocates.

In a written statement released last week, health officials declared that “women, their partners and families, and medical professionals must maintain the authority to make judgments about the need to terminate a pregnancy in exceptional circumstances to protect women’s lives and prevent of increasing maternal morbidity and mortality. “

“I do not believe that this accurately reflects the position of all members of the health board and seems to me completely inconsistent with the goal of protecting the health of the mother and unborn babies.” Abortion kills unborn babies, the complete opposite of health,” former St. Joseph County Councilman Jamie O’Brien said during the public comment portion of today’s St. Joseph County Board of Commissioners meeting. “I hope that the St. Joseph County Commissioners will respond in a timely manner and that all members of the board of health will have an opportunity to be heard, especially those who disagree with the board of health’s leadership.”

The health department statement was signed by Health Officer Robert Aiterz, MD, Deputy Health Officer Mark Fox, MD, Board of Health President, Heidi Beidinger-Burnett, MD, and Board Vice President, Jason Marker, MD in medicine.

“In its statement, the health department makes policy recommendations advocating abortion in exceptional pregnancy circumstances, including those where a preborn person has been diagnosed with a fatal abnormality, a child was conceived during rape or incest, and/or the life of the mother is at risk with continued pregnancy. The department also says it’s lobbying legislators who represent St. Joseph County to push that point of view,” added Michiana Right to Life Executive Director Antonio Marchi, who said the health department’s decision to lobby lawmakers came without full board vote and no county commissioners approval.

You can read the full statement below:

For more information on the health department’s statement, click here.

Meanwhile, Right to Life Michiana also released a statement Tuesday regarding the St. Joseph County Health Department’s statement:

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