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Registration Open for 8th Annual Prayer Dinner!

Posted: Wednesday, March 18th, 2015 2:19pm

Tuesday, April 21, 2015. 6:30pm-8:30pm.
Doors open at 6:00.

Kroc Corps Community Center Chapel
900 West Western Avenue, South Bend.

All clergy and religious admitted free of charge.
A $20 donation is requested of other guests.

Please reserve your table or seats by April 15.

You can register online here, e-mail us at, or call our office at (574) 232-LIFE (5433).


Give Your Feedback to the County Council

Posted: Friday, March 13, 2015 11:44am

Please consider writing the St. Joseph County Council or your particular councilman following Tuesday's vote against the Patient Safety Ordinance. It is important that they hear from constituents about the failure to follow conscience and reason in the outcome of the ordinance. You may include some of the talking points we have listed below, or write them to them in your own words.

"This was a chance for the local abortionist's standard of care to be brought higher by enforcing the true intent of the state law, which the council labeled as a redundancy. By giving the state law enforcement power on the county level, the abortionist's back-up doctor would have acted as real oversight and peer review, rather than a mere arrangement on paper. Unfortunately, party politics got in the way of reason, and of democracy itself."

Click here for contact information and a form to send an e-mail.


County Council Votes Down Abortion Measure

Posted: Wednesday, March 11, 2015 8:12pm

Last night, the county council voted 6-3 against the passage of bill 69-14, the Patient Safety Ordinance. In spite of majority support (all those yellow signs are supporters, plus many more in the hallway), the Democrats on the council did succumb to politics. In case you missed it, you can see it here: ABC SBT WSBT FOX WNDU.

Furthermore, it is unconscionable that 5 members of our County Council used our candidate surveys to help them win their elections, and then blatantly disregarded the promises they made to those who based their voting decisions on the responses. They would do well to hear from you, their constituents, which you can easily do here (scroll down the page for contact info and to send an email).

Thank you for your support! St. Joseph County Right to Life couldn't have produced such a strong case for this bill without you! Our members have been diligent in taking time to sign petitions, write letters, make phone calls, and attend last night's council meeting. Doctors, nurses, post-abortive women, clergy, business leaders, college faculty, students, mothers, fathers, and pro-life citizens turned out in great numbers to testify to the need for regulation on our current abortion provider in regards to hospital admitting privileges. Your dedication and commitment is a testimony to what we know to be true: that all human life is sacred and deserves to be protected, that of both child and mother.

St. Joseph County Right to Life has been fighting these battles for 43 years, and is stronger than ever. We will regroup and determine what next steps will be, both locally and on the state level.



Support the Patient Safety Bill!

Posted: Monday, March 2, 2015 4:29pm

Your help is needed in support of a critical law in St. Joseph County which would regulate the abortion industry. The Patient Safety Bill, 69-14, would require local abortionists to publicly name their legally-required backup doctor, and ensure continuity of care for women with complications from abortion. Pro-abortion opponents of the bill say it is unnecessary and would limit women's rights to abortion. Supporters say it would regulate an industry that falls far below common medical standards. We at Right to Life demand the same high standards of care from all doctors. Being pro-life means caring about both baby and mother.

Please show your support at the next county council meeting on Tuesday, March 10 at 6pm at the County-City Building in downtown South Bend. Our elected officials, who are hearing from opponents of the bill, need to hear from supporters as well. Please click here to visit our ordinance page for more information. If you would like to speak at the council meeting, please call our office at (574) 232-LIFE (5433).

We are circulating a petition in support of this ordinance as well. Please click here to sign!



ISDH Files to Revoke License of Local Abortion Clinic

Posted: Tuesday, February 18, 2015 3:52pm

The Indiana State Department of Health has filed a complaint to revoke the facility license of the Women's Pavilion, South Bend's abortion facility. The complaint cites the 27 violations found during the 2014 ISDH Survey Report, and that the facility has not submitted an acceptable plan for correction of these violations.

Statement from St. Joseph County Right to Life

We commend the Indiana State Department of Health for taking action against the Women’s Pavilion abortion facility. We have been troubled by practices at the facility for some time, and this complaint by the state validates our concerns. The inordinate number of code violations (27) for the facility represents a clear danger to women who are seeking abortions in South Bend. Most outpatient surgical facilities in St. Joseph County have no code violations at all. The average number of violations for outpatient surgical centers in the county is less than one. Furthermore, the long history of these violations show a disregard for the law that should be of great concern to our community.

This also shows a clear need for oversight of our local abortion provider. This oversight could be facilitated by local ordinance 69-14, the Patient Safety Bill, which is now before the St. Joseph County Council. This ordinance will help ensure that abortionists in our community will be held to a higher medical standard in the future. Like other outpatient surgical centers, abortion providers need to be held to high medical standards to protect the health and safety of their patients.

Read more in the news:
South Bend Tribune



Save the Date: April 21st, 2015. 8th Annual Prayer Dinner.

Posted: Tuesday, February 18, 2015 3:02pm

St. Joseph County Right to Life will be holding our annual Prayer Dinner on the night of April 21st at the Kroc Center. Invitations will be mailed out soon!



Now Accepting Submissions for our 2015 Teen Essay Contest!

Posted: Tuesday, February 18, 2015 3:00pm

We are now taking submissions for our 2015 Teen Essay Contest. Please click here for more information.



Nearly 300 March for Life in South Bend

Posted: Tuesday, February 4, 2015 11:33am

A standing-room-only crowd filled the Colfax Auditorium in the basement of the South Bend Public Library on January 22nd, 2015 for the first annual March for Life Rally hosted by St. Joseph County Right to Life. Rev. Sylvester Williams and Fr. Kevin Russeau, C.S.C. led prayers for the unborn and mothers in crisis pregnancy, and Sally Thompson (Williams) spoke about her regrets surrounding her own abortion.

The March itself drew nearly 300 people this year, a considerable increase from previous years. Families, school children, and men and women from the community gathered to protest the highly controversial Roe v. Wade and Doe v. Bolton Supreme Court decisions. Coverage by local news outlets can be found below.

South Bend Tribune: here
ABC57: here
WSBT: here



Local Abortionist's License Under Review

Posted: Sunday, December 28, 2014 10:47am

On June 25th, the Indiana Medical Licensing Board will determine whether to revoke the license of South Bend abortionist Ulrich G. Klopfer (and three other abortionists). The Attorney General has completed his investigation based on formal complaints from several members of St. Joseph County Right to Life, and will submit these findings to the board.

Three things YOU can do!

1. Write letters: Help us make a public outcry from our community. Consider writing to the Tribune or other media, as the board secretary is gathering news of Dr. Klopfer. Encourage medical professionals you know to write to the Indiana Medical Licensing Board. The President of the Board is Kirk Masten, DO, who is affiliated with Associated Anesthesiologists, 5734 Coventry Lane, Fort Wayne, IN 46804. We have provided a stock letter for medical professionals here (Word format) and here (PDF). These letters will be most impactful if they are personalized, and just use the stock letter for talking points. The full, official filing from the AG can be read here, and the press release can be found here.

2. Attend the hearing: We are still awaiting a decision on the time of Dr. Klopfer's hearing, but please call our office at 574.232.LIFE (5433) for an update if you're able to attend. We will also update our website as soon as we know. An expert advisor tells us a packed courtroom in Indianapolis may influence the board's decision. Pro-lifers are asked to wear light (Carolina) blue as a unifying color.

3. Pray that the board will act justly: And please continue to pray for the conversion of Dr. Klopfer and his staff.



Thank You to our 2014 Annual Dinner Sponsors!

Posted: Monday, February 23, 2015 3:47pm



Video: "We Bring Respect to Life"

Posted: Tuesday, November 4, 2014 10:02am

Watch our brand new video, which we debuted at our annual dinner last Thursday for a glimpse into the pro-life work we do in our local community.



Listen to Scott Klusendorf, keynote speaker at our 2014 "Life is Precious" dinner

Posted: Tuesday, November 4, 2014 10:37am

Click below to listen to a talk given by Scott Klusendorf at the Real Choices Pregnancy Center in Grapevine, Texas. We will soon update our site with a video of his talk from our Annual Dinner as well. For more of Scott's talks, please visit the Life Training Institute website at




Thank you to all who attended our annual "Life is Precious" dinner!

Posted: Tuesday, November 4, 2014 9:22am

We are so grateful for the many hands that helped make our 23rd annual "Life is Precious" dinner a huge success. Our gratitude goes out to all of our sponsors and benefactors, Bishop Kevin C. Rhoades, our MC Petra Farrell, David & Mary Lou Solomon - our honorary chairs, our keynote speaker Scott Klusendorf, Bishop Ralph Parker, and last but certainly not least, everyone who attended the dinner. Over 700 people gathered at the Century Center last Thursday, shattering our previous attendance record. Thank you all for the inspiring show of support for the life-saving work we do here in St. Joseph County.



Local Abortionist Update

Posted: Thursday, October 2, 2014 4:08pm

SOUTH BEND - Dr. Ulrich "George" Klopfer's misdemeanor hearing in St. Joseph County was continued to Dec. 1 on Wednesday morning.

Klopfer is charged with a misdemeanor for failing to timely report an abortion he provided to a 13-year-old girl in South Bend in 2013. According to state statute, doctors performing abortions on girls younger than age 14 must report the procedure to the Indiana State Department of Health and the Department of Child Services within three days. In this particular case, Klopfer didn't report the abortion for nearly six months.

Klopfer is also slated to appear on trial in Lake County for the same misdemeanor charge on Jan. 26, 2015, and in front of the Indiana Medical Licensing Board on Dec. 4 in Indianapolis. Read the entire article in the South Bend Tribune.



State files licensing complaint against South Bend abortion doctor

Posted: Wednesday, September 17, 2014 4:23pm

INDIANAPOLIS – Attorney General Greg Zoeller’s Office today filed administrative licensing complaints with the Indiana Medical Licensing Board against four physicians for violations of abortion record-keeping and advice and consent laws. The complaints ask the board to consider appropriate disciplinary action against the medical licenses of these doctors operating in Lake, St. Joseph and Marion counties.

In the most egregious complaint, Dr. Ulrich Klopfer of South Bend, Ind. is accused of consistently submitting incomplete, inaccurate and late documentation of the abortion procedures he performs. His alleged violations total 1,833, and are based on complaints brought to the AG’s Office by the Indiana Professional Licensing Agency...continue reading here.



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

The South Bend Tribune published an article, "Just Cause or Going to Far?", that featured Right to Life on April 24, 2014. Click here to read it and click here to read Tom Uebbing's response.



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!

Click here and sign the petition to encourage Senator Joe Donnelly to co-sponsor the bill to protect unborn children from abortions, beginning at 20 weeks. To read more about the bill, click here.



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

Tire Rack

THINK Marketing



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.