Our Story

In the Beginning

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. 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.

Over the Years

The foresight and resolve of our founding members continued to strengthen, making St. Joseph County Right to Life 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.

Moving Forward

Although our community remains abortion clinic-free, our work is far from over. We are now facing threats of abortion’s return, as pro-abortion parties are actively seeking a license for a potential new practice in the South Bend area. In addition, pro-assisted suicide/euthanasia parties are working hard to gain a foothold in St. Joseph County, 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 a fierce strategic plan to protect innocent human life at all ends of the spectrum. All the while, we continue to bring about a cultural change, impacting hearts and minds to live out pro-life convictions alongside us. Together, we are St. Joseph County Right to Life.


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