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Roe v. Wade was passed when I was a freshman in high school. My father immediately began praying in front of the local abortion clinic, where I sometimes joined him. I belonged to my high school pro-life group, so when I became pregnant in my senior year, I knew that abortion was murder and didn't even consider it. Not feeling ready for marriage, my boyfriend and I worked with a local Catholic adoption agency and were able to choose from three couples who met the criteria we preferred in the couple who would raise our child. At that time in our state all adoptions were closed. I always held the hope of one day having contact, to know his name, what his life had been like, maybe receive a photo. Last fall, just before my 60th birthday, his birth father emailed me saying he had contacted him and wanted to contact me as well.


Never did I even imagine the possibility of what has happened since then...nor did he! His intention was just to thank me for not aborting him, but giving him life. I was happy just to hear that he had had a good life, and even happier to learn he was very pro-life and pro-adoption. We exchanged pictures, and three weeks later I traveled to meet him, his wife, and their two children. We felt such a connection that the relationship quickly blossomed.


He and his wife attended the March for Life with me in DC last January. What joy it was for me to stand next to him as he would tell people that I was his birth-mother whom he had just met! We were disappointed that adoption was hardly mentioned in the conferences there, and hope to be able to do something to help remove the stigma and make adoption the positive, loving option that it is!

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I come from a divorced single family, non-denominational Christian faith background where abortion and sex were never discussed.

At the age of 17, I had a boyfriend who was very different than any other guy I had met. He was older, more mature, and he didn’t try making the moves on me by the first date. I knew at 17 I was too young for sexual activity, but my thought was I wanted to be prepared and have prevention when “it” happened.

So, I went to Planned Parenthood for my pap smear and birth control; that’s what everyone my age was doing so why not? I turned 18 and thought it was okay to have sex with my boyfriend because I was technically an “adult”. Well, there was a scare that night. I told him that I would just take the “Plan B Pill.” After we read the side effects of taking this medication, we both thought I would just wait and see if I was pregnant instead, as I heard from friends at school there was a way of “taking care of it” if I was. Luckily, I was not pregnant.

At that time, I had no idea what it truly meant when people said Planned Parenthood would “take care of everything.” Like it was as easy as driving to the grocery store or riding a bike. In high school, it was, “the norm.” You go to Planned Parenthood to get birth control, so your parents don’t find out and if you were pregnant, they had options: Plan B pill or an abortion.

Fast forward 16 years; I have been married for 10 years to that boyfriend of mine. We have three children. I converted to the Catholic faith in 2016 when I was pregnant with my second. Each year at our parish, I would see Right to Life posters. I just kept hearing the Holy Spirit saying, “Go! Go and learn and make a difference!”

One night, I sat awake crying and thinking about the day I could have aborted my baby if I had been pregnant at 18. After having many discussions with my mother in-law regarding abortion, she knew I was interested in learning more and invited me to the Right to Life dinner. We later saw the movie

“Unplanned”. That was it! I decided to become a sidewalk counselor in hopes to make a difference in some way. Becoming a mother and getting closer to Christ, I learned that there aren’t two options for women. I believe there’s only one; to grow the life that God created inside of your womb.

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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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