Local Abortionist Update
Posted: Tuesday, August 26, 2014 4:00pm
On Aug. 1, Right to Life witnessed the abortionist, Ulrich G. Klopfer, in court.The St. Joseph County prosecutor has filed a criminal charge against Klopfer for failure to timely report to authorities the abortion he performed on a 13-year-old girl. The charge is a class B misdemeanor. The trial was set for Oct. 1.
On July 1, a new law went into effect: all Indiana abortionists must provide evidence they have hospital admitting privileges to the Indiana Dept. of Health, or have a back-up doctor in their stead that does. The law requires the Health Dept. to verify these hospital privileges, and to release the information to public inquirers. However, the names of the hospital and doctor are kept private. Dr. Klopfer has two back-up doctors in St. Joseph County--an M.D. and a D.O. We will continue to seek the identities of these doctors. Please ask your doctor if he or she if pro-life, and call our office with the answer (we keep a list on file of pro-life doctors): 574-232-LIFE.
The good news: Dr. Klopfer does not have a back-up doctor or admitting privileges in Lake County, so is unable to perform abortions there. You may recall that his back-up doctor in Allen County severed ties the first of the year after learning of his late reporting of another 13-year-old there. That's good news overall, as women will have longer to think about their pregnancy, and hopefully consider life instead of abortion. What that means for St. Joseph County, however, is that some of those from other counties will come to ours for abortion services. The battle ground is here. We will double our efforts, and welcome your assistance and prayers toward the fight.
1st Annual Pro-Life Boot Camp Held at Marian HS
Posted: Monday, June 30, 2014 4:19pm
St. Joseph County Right to Life held its first annual "Stand for Life" Boot Camp on Saturday. Over 30 high school and college age pro-lifers gathered at Marian High School for a workshop led by Mike Spencer, from the Life Training Institute. Spencer engaged the students with a dynamic presentation about how to persuasively communicate the pro life message.
A special thanks to the Kloska family who sponsored the event, as well as Bruno's Pizza who provided lunch.
Supreme Court strikes down 'buffer zone' laws in 9-0 decision
Posted: Friday, June 27, 2014 12:19pm
WASHINGTON, DC. - Today, America's highest court unanimously affirmed the right to free speech for sidewalk counselors outside abortion clinics.
This is a huge win for pro-lifers across the nation! This decision strikes down the Massachusetts buffer zone designed to bar pro-lifers from standing near the entrances of abortion centers. At a time when it seems like injustice runs rampant, it is refreshing to know that more lives will be saved as a result of this ruling.
Pro-life sidewalk counselors can continue to offer the help and hope that so many young girls and women desperately seek, often times thinking abortion is their only option. Click here to read the full article in Live Action News.
Local Abortionist to Stand Trial
Posted: Thursday, June 18, 2014 9:55am
CROWN POINT, Ind. — During a hearing in Lake County Criminal Court, Judge Nicholas Schiralli scheduled Dr. Ulrich G. Klopfer’s trial for Jan. 26, 2015. A pretrial conference is scheduled for Nov. 17.
Klopfer, 73, of Crete, Ill., was charged in January with failing to timely file a public report, a Class B misdemeanor. According to court records, he is accused of not reporting to the state within three days that he performed an abortion on a 13-year-old girl Sept. 28, 2012, in Gary. Click here to read the article in the South Bend Tribune.
Right to Life in the News
Mother's Day Prayer Vigil 2014
Image courtesy of Mike and Mary Ivancsics
A rainy, wet morning did not deter faithful pro-lifers from gathering at the gazebo next to the abortion clinic to pray for mothers in crisis pregnancy and all victims of abortion. Over 80 people joined in an interfaith prayer service, followed by a Rosary for Life. Thank you to all who participated in this event!
Thank You to our 2014 Prayer Dinner Attendees and Sponsors!
Image courtesy of Mike and Mary Ivancsics
Thank you to everyone who attended our 2014 Prayer Dinner at the Kroc Center, especially our prayer leaders, who guided us through a night of fellowship, great food, and most importantly prayer for a culture of life here in South Bend. Our gratitude goes out as well to our generous sponsors who worked to underwrite this event:
2014 Essay Contest Winners
Image courtesy of Mike and Mary Ivancsics
Congratulations to the winners of our 4th Annual Teen Essay Contest! They are (pictured from L to R):
Eion Lyon, 9th Grade, Trinity School at Greenlawn
Mara Nolan, 8th Grade, Corpus Christi
Madeline Garcia, 10th Grade, Home Schooled
Not pictured: Austin Lee, 7th Grade, Corpus Christi
WSBT Interviews RTL Regarding Detective Activity at Abortion Clinic
On Wednesday, March 19, three detectives were seen entering the abortion clinic, and left after 45 minutes with clinic files and documents. Upon their arrival, all patients left, and no abortions were performed that day! In our consistent monitoring of the abortionist and his clinic, Right to Life has provided the County Prosecutor and Indiana Attorney General with much information pertaining to the abortionist's illegal activities. We are glad to finally report the investigative activities that appear to be underway. WSBT-TV covered the story in full here.
Ask Senator Joe Donnelly to Co-sponsor the Pain Capable Act!
Legislation Updates: March 19th, 2014
Persons whose insurance policies now cover elective abortion will no longer have to subsidize this through their premiums (HB 1123). Except for self-insurance plans, elective abortion will have to be purchased separately by the individual(s) who desire it. This and SB 292 that passed this session strengthens Indiana’s abortion law. SB 292 closes the loop in Indiana’s law governing abortion doctors. No longer can doctors ignore the requirement that they or another licensed physician have hospital coverage should a patient have problems following the abortion. They will have to document that they are following the law with the State Department of Health.
Another pro-life bill passed. HB 1190, Treatment of miscarriage remains, provides parents the opportunity to determine how to dispose of the remains of the fetus. The law now defines "miscarried fetus" as "an unborn child irrespective of gestational age". This is a strong statement that the fetus is a baby from conception.
Adoption of children was also affirmed by granting of a tax credit to families (HB 1222) and the legislature will investigate how to improve Indiana’s adoption law/programs.
Click here to read more.
Attorney General to Investigate South Bend Abortion Doctor
See complete story and video here.
South Bend Tribune Reports on Local Abortionist
Gaps in teen abortion reporting November 25, 2013
Doctor defends abortion practice December 1, 2013
OUR OPINION: State needs to bridge teen abortion reporting gap December 1, 2013
Abortion doctor to appear December 8, 2013
New Billboards on Ironwood
Thanks to our 2013 "Life is Precious" Dinner Sponsors:
Bob & Judi Hurst
Kendzicky Lothary Group
St. Joe County Right to Life Moves to Ironwood Circle
St. Joseph County Right to Life has moved its offices to the building located directly west of the Women's Pavilion abortion mill in South Bend. The new address is 2004 Ironwood Circle, Suite 130, South Bend, IN 46635.
Conceived by Rape
Follow this link for a poignant video featuring the testimonies of women who were conceived by rape.
Key Pro-Life Bills Passed in Indiana
The following bills have been passed in both houses:
• HB1210 - Prohibits abortions after 20 weeks, strengthens informed consent, requires ultrasound before an abortion, requires abortionists to have admitting privileges at a local hospital, prohibits abortion coverage by qualified health plans under the federal health care reform law, and bans Medicaid funds from going to abortion providers such as Planned Parenthood.
• HB1474 - Requires that abortionists report abortions done on a girl under the age of 14 to the department of child services within 3 days of the abortion. Also requires that terminated pregnancy reports include the age of the father and the date that the report was received by the state.
Prayers Save Lives
A few days before the spring 40 Days for Life campaign ended, a woman leaving the abortion mill stopped to talk with a group of Holy Cross College students and others who were praying in front of the building. She showed them an ultrasound picture of her baby and declared “I didn’t do it.” One of the students then accompanied her to the nearby Women’s Care Center.
Knights of Columbus Succeed with Ultrasound Initiative
Thanks to all who contributed to the Knights of Columbus Council 4263 effort to buy an ultrasound machine for the Women's Care Center on north Ironwood Drive near the abortion mill. The K of C met their goal and the new ultrasound equipment has been ordered.
Unplanned Now Available
Unplanned is a unique exposé of Planned Parenthood. This recently released book was written by Abby Johnson, a former Planned Parenthood abortion clinic manager. After assisting during an abortion, she left Planned Parenthood with a changed heart and mind. The book provides a behind-the-scenes look into the abortion business that only a former abortion proponent can offer. Unplanned is now available at bookstores across Indiana and online.
St. Joe County Right to Life is a prolife organization serving South Bend, Mishawaka, Granger, New Carlisle, Bremen, Notre Dame, Osceola, Walkerton, North Liberty, Lakeville, Wyatt, and all communities in St. Joseph and surrounding Indiana and Michigan counties.