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On Tuesday May 11th, two Right to Life Michiana employees joined a post-abortive woman to present to a health class at Clay High School. The Right to Life Michiana presenters shared medical and scientific facts about fetal development and abortion procedures.

Additionally, they shared information about local nonprofits who provide support to women in need. Resources shared included help for any crisis; unplanned pregnancy, abuse, food/clothing needs, domestic violence, housing help, medical concerns, STI testing, job help, etc.

The post-abortive woman shared her personal testimony of having an abortion while in high school.

None of the presenters prayed or talked about religion or the political nature of abortion.

There has been a concerted effort by many in the community to spread misinformation about the content of the presentation. Furthermore, there is no evidence that the initial contact made to the school was a student or parent of a student who was present in the class.

Todd Cummings, Superintendent of South Bend Community School Corp., has placed the teacher on paid leave. Cummings released a statement yesterday afternoon accusing the teacher of violating protocol by not approving the presentation with the administration beforehand.

Known as the “lost year” within the schools, many protocols and policies have not been followed this year due to COVID-19. The school corporation has not yet addressed the question as to whether this policy is routinely ignored by staff and if there are other cases of the policy being violated without consequence. This leads us to question whether this teacher is being unjustly targeted based on politics.

James Bopp Jr., lawyer and founder of The Bopp Law Firm, says “The school corporation’s actions have all the hallmarks of viewpoint and religious discrimination."

Mike Jacob, RTLM Outreach Coordinator, says “Our local leftist groups are attempting to destroy this black man’s career for educating his students on the leading cause of death in the black community. While we wish protocols had been communicated and followed, this toxic response is unjustified.”

If you wish to reach out to Todd Cummings to encourage him to end the unjust targeting and reinstate this teacher, you may reach him at

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  • Right to Life

“If God offered you a gift but you could only keep it for a little while, would you take it?”

For Mike and Jess Witous, the answer is a resounding yes.

When they conceived their second child last year, Mike and Jess knew there was a chance they would only have their baby for a little while.

The couple has a form of dwarfism known as achondroplasia. Their children have a 25% chance of having a terminal form of that condition, where typically babies live for hours to a couple of days.

They opted to not undergo genetic testing. The results didn’t matter. They were going to give their baby a shot no matter what.

Their little girl was born with the fatal condition, known as Double Dominance dwarfism. They named her Margot (a form of Margaret) which means “pearl” or “rare”. They only learned later that St. Margaret of Costello is not only the patron saint of the pro-life movement and those with disabilities, but she also had a form of dwarfism.

Margot miraculously lived for two and a half months. Her life may save many more lives in the future because doctors were able to study her. Because termination of such children is so frequent, there is very little research available.

The team at St. Joseph Health System gave Margot unparalleled care. They never pressured the couple to terminate and they fought hard for Margot’s health.

Msgr. Schooler of St. Pius was able to baptize and confirm the little girl in the NICU despite the pandemic.

Mike and Jess brought Margot home from the hospital for the last three weeks of her life.

“Margot taught us a lot,” Jess says. “She was a fighter. She taught us that we are not in control, and to appreciate the little things.”

Mike and Jess hope Margot’s story encourages other couples facing difficult prenatal diagnoses to choose life.

“I can’t imagine not getting to hold Margot,” Jess says. “Or kiss her. Or tell her I loved her.” The couple agrees choosing life made it easier for them both to heal. It gave them closure.

“Why make life and death decisions for your children when you can choose life?” Mike says.

If you or someone you know have received a similar prenatal diagnosis, there is life-affirming support available in our community. Reach out to Lisa Everett at for more information on Miriam’s Blessing Ministry.

“She was a gift,” Jess summarizes. “It was gift to have her.” We’re so grateful our world had the precious gift of Margot for even a little while.

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  • Right to Life

Linda Sanfratello is one of our most loyal sidewalk advocates. Since she was trained over a year ago, Linda is a consistent presence on abortion Saturdays.

Linda’s reason for sidewalk counseling is very personal. Before the infamous Roe v. Wade decision, Linda had two botched abortions.

The child of a military family, Linda moved around the world constantly during her childhood. She rejected her family’s lukewarm Catholic faith, and became pregnant at 16. She had no concept of abortion at the time, so she delivered a healthy baby boy without considering termination.

After moving to Virginia, Linda lived a wild lifestyle with weekly recreational drug use. When she discovered she was pregnant again, Linda visited a healthcare facility for prenatal care. Her blood test revealed her drug use, and the nurse said,

“Your baby will be deformed! You have to have an abortion.”

“A what?’’ Linda asked. This was the first time she had ever heard the word. The clinic set up a saline abortion for her at the local hospital. Since the baby was supposedly “deformed” the abortion was legal under Arizona law for “health” reasons.

The doctor injected saline into Linda’s uterus three times before sending her to wait for her baby to die. After several hours, the doctor realized the fetus was still alive. He reinjected the saline, and Linda went into labor and delivered her dead baby.

She moved to Indiana and became pregnant again. She called the welfare office to alert them she would soon have another dependent. Instead of offering her support, the agent offered to pay for an abortion if Linda could make it to New York.

Linda hitchhiked with a friend to New York and obtained the surgical abortion. A month later, she was back at the hospital for an emergency D&C from an abortion complication. She fell into deep depression and harbored an irrational hatred for men.

But God did not abandon Linda.

Several years later, Linda attended a church baptism. As she emerged from the water she felt “as light as a feather. As if all my sins were washed away.”

Linda attended a sidewalk counseling training at Northside Baptist in Elkhart in 2019. While she was a consistent volunteer, Linda always elected to leave the actual counseling to another advocate. But one Saturday in December, Linda was the only counselor at the clinic.

After months of praying, she finally found her voice. Linda now fearlessly encourages women at the clinic to choose life at the abortion facility.

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