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On Monday, June 29th, the Supreme Court of the United States struck down a Louisiana law requiring abortionists to have admitting privileges to local hospitals.

Admitting privileges laws promote the health and safety of women. They ensure that a woman experiencing complications from an abortion can receive 24/7 medical care from a physician who has direct communication with her abortionist.

Admitting privileges laws are especially crucial for the abortion industry given that abortion facilities are not usually prepared to handle complications themselves and that abortionists frequently travel from facility to facility and are not available to treat abortion complications.

The importance of this protection was seen locally with Dr. Klopfer. Several South Bend women were sent to the emergency due to complications. In one case a woman needed a hysterectomy.

“Abortion always dismembers, starves and poisons a human being. And it can also cause physical harm to the mother. While the Supreme Court again denied protections to our most vulnerable population, they also further jeopardized the health and safety of women.” Right to Life Michiana Executive Director Jackie Appleman said. “Too often, the court system allows the abortion lobby to play politics over women’s health. We saw that just last year in Indiana when a federal judge allowed Whole Woman’s Health Alliance to open an abortion business without a license.”

“Furthermore, June Medical Service’s case is spearheaded by an abortion industry that profits from vulnerable women. Their plaintiffs are not women, much less pregnant women seeking abortions. This conflict of interest endangers the health of women and shows the abortion industry is not interested in the health and livelihood of neither mom nor child.”

Right to Life Michiana will continue to advocate the health and safety of Hoosier women and children until abortion is unnecessary and unthinkable.

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Roger saw a request for more Meals on Wheels drivers in the South Bend Tribune eleven years ago. He had recently retired, and he had a special place in his heart for older people. He spent a lot of with his grandparents as a child, and he has always learned a lot from talking to older people.


Roger started his route the week he saw the ad, and he’s been a volunteer for eleven years. He has befriended many of the people he delivers too. Roger says most of his patients live alone, and often his delivery is the highlight of their day.


He is also often the only person checking in on them. If there is any serious change in their health, he reports it to his supervisor.


Roger recalls delivering to a “Mr. Thompson”. Mr. Thompson was always friendly, and he bonded with Roger over their shared love of cats. Then one day, he found Mr. Thompson taking the trash out. Mr. Thompson told him angrily to take the food away. The next day, he accepted the food, but told Roger to take the milk away. He was experiencing on onset of dementia, and he went into a nursing home the next week.

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In 1983, seventeen-year-old Bruce and sixteen-year-old Serena were frightened when they discovered they were pregnant, as they both were still in high school. Not only was Bruce incredibly nervous to tell his devout Christian parents that he was having sex out of wedlock, he also did not know what to do as his only source of income was working weekend shifts at McDonalds.

While leaving their ultrasound appointment at Planned Parenthood in Elkhart, the thought of having an abortion crossed Bruce’s mind. After mentioning this thought to Serena, Serena shared with Bruce that she had an abortion at the age of thirteen after she was sexually assaulted. Serena went on to share that the abortion was more traumatic and painful than the rape and told Bruce that she could never go through that horrifying experience again. Bruce agreed. The two decided to get married and choose life.

After telling Bruce’s parents about their pregnancy, Bruce’s parents became disappointed about their behavior, however offered their support to the young couple. Bruce and Serena met with the pastor at Bruce’s parents’ church and the church had a baby shower for Serena.

Cassie was born in March of 1983. Bruce turned eighteen in May and then married Serena in June, graduating from high school the very same day. The newlyweds had a brief honeymoon at a Goshen hotel before Bruce started working at his father’s remodeling company the next Monday.

Bruce is now a father of two children, Cassie and Carter, a devoted husband and grandfather, and the owner of his father’s business.

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