Our Mission

Life is our most fundamental right, and our most precious gift. Abortion and euthanasia end innocent human lives while shattering countless others physically, emotionally, and spiritually. Right to Life Michiana saves children, women, and men from the devastating effects of abortion and euthanasia and works to protect innocent human life from fertilization to natural death.

Our Story

In the Beginning

Over the Years

Moving Forward

St. Joseph County Right to Life was founded in 1972 around the kitchen table of Betty and Glenn Terry. Founded in anticipation of Roe v. Wade (1973), we are one of the oldest continuously active pro-life organizations in the nation. In January 2020, we merged with Elkhart County Right to Life to form Right to Life Michiana. For 45 years, we have been taking a fervent stand for the respect and protection of all innocent human life from fertilization to natural death, and we will continue to do so until practices like abortion, assisted suicide, and euthanasia are unthinkable.

The foresight and resolve of our founding members continued to strengthen, making Right to Life Michiana a powerful force for life in north-central Indiana. Focusing on outreach, advocacy, education, and prayer, we worked tirelessly to end abortion in our community and to build up a culture that sees life as a gift. In 2015, we experienced a great victory as South Bend’s abortion clinic was shut down, making our community free from an abortion clinic for the first time in decades.

In 2018 a new abortion business, Whole Woman’s Health Alliance (WWHA), sought to open and the IN Department of Health denied them a license.  Unfortunately, in June 2019 a federal judge ruled that the state must give WWHA a provisional license and they opened, performing abortions via abortion pill up to 10 weeks. In addition, pro-assisted suicide/euthanasia parties are working to gain a foothold in Indiana, with the intent of advancing "Death with Dignity" legislation in Indiana. This could very-well become the next Roe v. Wade. 

Doubling up on our efforts, we are closely monitoring these threats and executing fierce strategic plan to protect innocent human life at all ends of the spectrum. All the while, we continue to bring about cultural change, impacting hearts and minds to live out pro=life convictions alongside us. Together, we are Right to Life Michiana. 

Our Pillars

Everything we do at Right to Life Michiana strengthens at least one of our four pillars: education, outreach, advocacy, and prayer. Read below to learn more about our efforts and programs that align with each of these aspects of our work.


Right to Life’s educational outreach programs reach thousands of people in Michiana each year.

  1. Educational Exhibits: Our exhibits at the 4-H county fairs and Mishawaka Heritage Fest provide a positive opportunity for people of all backgrounds to learn about the beauty of life from fertilization to natural death.

  2. Life Team Program: This program educates hundreds of seventh and eighth grade students each year on the science of fetal development, the history and practice of abortion, and what to do when their friends or loved ones encounter crisis pregnancies.

  3. Public Ed Media Campaign: This media campaign reaches hundreds of thousands of Michiana residents, spreading pro-life truth in our community.

  4. Social Media: Our social media channels are used to share important news articles and current affairs to educate on the latest news and topics.

  5. Life Defenders Boot Camp: This apologetics course offers youth and adults an in-depth training on how to effectively communicate the pro-life message in today’s culture.

  6. Benefit Dinner: This annual dinner gathers nearly 1,000 pro-lifers to hear from educational speakers such as; Dr. Alveda King, Abby Johnson, Joe Scheidler, and Gianna Jessen.


  1. Crisis Pregnancy Media Campaign: Our billboards, bus stop benches, bus ads, TV commercials, yard signs, and digital ads target those who are experiencing crisis pregnancies, directing them to nearby pregnancy resource centers. Each year, hundreds - that we know of- chose life after seeing our billboard.

  2. Adoption Media Campaign: This campaign helps mothers who feel trapped by an unplanned pregnancy to see that there are positive, life-affirming options that value the life of both mother and child. This campaign makes more than 500 connections each year.

  3. Sidewalk Counseling: Sidewalk Advocates stand at the abortion business and reach out to women with love and support. They are the last chance for abortion-vulnerable women to hear a pro-life voice encouraging them to choose what is best for them and their child.

  4. Post-Abortion Outreach: This campaign reaches out to post-abortive women and men, helping them to find hope, healing, and forgiveness in spite of a past abortion. In doing so, we are also helping to stop potential repeat abortions.

  5. Church Outreach: Church leaders are in a unique position to spread the gospel of life. This outreach supports our area churches by providing pastoral and educational resources, bringing training and workshops to your church, and gathering church leaders once a year to pray for an end to abortion.


The day to day work of Right to Life staff is animated by prayer, as each work day begins by asking for an outpouring of the Lord’s grace on our work. We take seriously the role of prayer in changing hearts and minds.

  1. Respect Life Prayer Dinner: This event gathers hundreds of pro-lifers to join in fellowship with community prayer leaders and pray for a greater respect for all human life.

  2. Prayer Warriors: Prayer warriors gather regularly at the abortion business to pray for the women, their children, the escorts, and employees. On the third Saturday of each month we host a virtual prayer gathering for those who can’t attend in person.

  3. Day of Remembrance: Each September with stand in solidarity with post-abortive women as we memorialize more than 61 million lives lost to abortion in the United States.

  4. Life Chain: Each October, we join thousands of pro-lifers nationwide as we peacefully and prayerfully voice our opposition to legalized abortion in front of South Bend's abortion business.  Monthly Life Chain’s are hosted in Elkhart and Goshen.


  1. South Bend Rally and March for Life and Elkhart Rally and Prayer Walk: These rallies and walks draws more than 700 to protest the unjust law of Roe v. Wade. On this solemn anniversary, we remember the 61 million lives that have been aborted in our nation.

  2. Vote Pro-life: This media campaign reminds the community of the importance of voting pro-life.

  3. Rallies, Protests, and Boycotts: We stand up for life in the public forum, rallying to protest unethical practices such as the sale of aborted fetal parts and the opening of an unlicensed abortion business. We organize boycotts of organizations that contribute to these scandalous actions.  

  4. Abortion Prevention and Monitoring Task Force: This task force, made up of experts from our community, employs a strong strategic operation to shut down the local abortion business, and monitor developing threats.  

  5. Euthanasia/Assisted Suicide Prevention and Monitoring Task Force: This committee works to put up a strong front against the looming widespread acceptability of “Death with Dignity” legislation. We are also developing an educational plan to impact our community.

  6. Indiana Enforcement Regulatory Oversight Committee: As a part of the state-wide committee, we work to ensure that abortion practices are held accountable to the law, and we monitor threats concerning new abortion practices in our state.

  7. Mother’s Day Flower Sale: Each year, area churches host a carnation sale on Mother's Day weekend to help fund the life-saving advocacy work of Right to Life Michiana.