VIRTUAL Oratory Contest

LaPorte County Right to Life is sponsoring a VIRTUAL oratory contest open to all students in seventh through twelfth grade.

Students should video record a 5-7 minute speech about any pro-life issue.

Videos, a written copy of the speech and an application need to be submitted by April 15th, 2020 11:59 pm.

Submit information to

The senior division includes 11th and 12th graders with monetary awards for first ($300), second ($200) and third ($150) place finishers.

Our junior division (7th-10th grades) has awards for first ($150), Second ($100) and Third($75) place.

Please call Anne Dybing 851-0206 to sign up or for more details.

Click here for more information and to download applications.

Check out Indiana Right to Life webpage for more info as well.

UPDATE - The Governor's Response

For Immediate Release
March 30, 2020
Indiana Right to Life:
Governor Holcomb orders halt to elective and
non-urgent invasive surgeries; abortion clinics included in new emergency orders
INDIANAPOLIS, IN - Indiana Right to Life applauds Governor Eric Holcomb for including abortion clinics in new emergency orders related to the Covid-19 pandemic.  Governor Holcomb's orders call for a halt to all elective and non-urgent surgical procedures in Indiana.
"Governor Holcomb's new orders make it clear that abortion clinics are not exempt from complying with the suspension of elective surgeries," states Indiana Right to Life President and CEO Mike Fichter.  "In a time of crisis and severe medical equipment shortages, abortion clinics must not be allowed to use up precious medical supplies that Hoosiers need during the current health emergency."
Indiana Right to Life will urge state and local authorities to monitor Indiana abortion clinics closely to ensure compliance with the orders.
Governor Holcomb's emergency orders go into effect tomorrow.


UPDATE - The Governor's Response

Dear Friends,

Recently, Governor Holcomb signed an executive order, which requires hospitals to postpone elective and non-urgent surgical procedures. However, it was not clear if elective surgical abortions were included. For that reason, recently a letter was sent to the Governor that asked for clarification if surgical abortions were included under the executive order. The Governor has since released Executive Order 20-13, which specifically calls for abortion clinics to postpone elective and non-urgent surgical procedures. I hope this provides you some peace of mind in these trying times. Thank you for voicing your concerns. I pray you and your family remain healthy and safe.


Jim Pressel
State Representative
House District 20


Dear Friends,

The action below is to alert to our state representatives to stop elective surgeries at this time. Safety to our families, hospital gear including masks and gowns, need to be for those suffering from this pandemic and for the safety of our heroic caregivers. To continue doing elective surgeries is just not responsible.

As you can imagine, the death to a child is also at the root of this request. Having an abortion during the largest pandemic we have ever experienced seems unthinkable. My heart hurts for those who think this is their best option. If you know anyone who is pregnant and fear is bringing them to this action, please give them my name and number. We want to help them to choose life!!

Yours always for Life and for our neighbors, during this concerning time.

May God keep us close and help all those in need.

Join me in saying the Our Father prayer at 6 am, 12 noon and 6 pm. to ask God's grace for all his people.

Sheryll Werner
LaPorte County Right to Life President

Urge Gov. Holcomb to halt elective surgical abortions

to help stem COVID-19 pandemic

Take Action! Click here to send an email to your officials.


From Mark and Amber Archer comes a film that will leave you on the edge of your seat. Inwood Drive brings you an up close and personal account of the abortion battle that ensued on one city street in Indiana’s second largest city. This husband and wife filmmaking team dared to ask how their city became known as the second largest abortion desert in the nation. This documentary film examines the controversy of the issues surrounding abortion. You’ll glean insight from a variety of perspectives, even the abortionist himself, Ulrich "George" Klopfer.

Inwood Drive is the most informative movie you’ll see on the most controversial civil rights issue of our time. No matter your stance, you’ll gain a new found understanding of Right to Life organizations, duties of elected officials and the actions of concern citizens who care about the protection of women and life.

​After completing what we thought was the finished film in July 2019, there is more to this story and we've reopened production to ensure the whole story is told. Over 2,200 preserved fetuses were found in Dr. Klopfer's home after he died early September 2019. Additional remains were found October 9th at an storage facility near Chicago bringing the total thus far to 2,411 aborted children.

​This story has become nationally and internationally known. We will continue documenting and bring light to this awful practice and horrific findings.


Click on the Newsletter Below to Read the Full Version.  Thank You!


LaPorte County Right to Life Goals 2019 – 2020

With your continued prayers and support we hope to:

  1. Continue partnership with Porter, Lake and Illiana Right to Life organizations to help support a new office in Merrillville to assist and support women & families interested in help lines in the community. In addition we offer families hope and counseling they need to carry their children into the world.
  2. Our partnership also aims to educate on human trafficking, social media safety, suicide awareness and all of dignity of life issues from conception to natural death in the Northwest Indiana region.
  3. Continue two life-saving, traveling billboards with messages that cover many life issues, as well as partnering with local groups like Safe Haven Baby Boxes, Women’s Care Center and Human Trafficking Hotlines.
  4. Continue our 12 month billboard located on Highway 2.
  5. Contract a new billboard for I-94 to advertise the new Safe Haven baby box on Franciscan Health’s new hospital off of Exit 34B. Awareness of the box location, leads to saving infant’s lives.
  6. Continue providing state and national news through emails, Facebook and our website, including legislative alerts about current pro-life news.
  7. Cooperate in National Rallies for the anniversary of Roe v. Wade, January 22nd, 2019. We are looking to discuss providing a bus for the growing local Chicago Rally for Life. This bus would leave from a local church and provide transportation to and from the rally, encouraging better local involvement and participation.
  8. Canvas and produce the voter guide for our county to be added to the state and national voter guide information to educate on candidate’s “life” views.
  9. Continue our important outreach to our community through the La Porte County Fairgrounds (and Baby Photo Contest) and through marching in the La Porte Jaycees Parade! Join Us!!

LaPorte County Right to Life is focused on meeting people where they are with charity and understanding. We are a Christian based group that tries to help people understand the deeper meaning of the dignity of life through our speakers, example and works. Meeting our neighbors through friendship, dialogue and witness we pray will change hearts to embrace the truth that every citizen, from conception to natural death deserves the American dream of life, liberty and the pursuit of happiness.



Safe Haven Baby Box Billboard

LPCRTL has made a commitment to Safe Haven Baby Box and is sponsoring a billboard per month get the word out.

Help us with a new goal! We would like to support a Safe Haven Baby Box Billboard on I 94 for people to see as they drive by our new hospital on the highway. The box would be so convenient to use if a person was in need. Help us fundraise for this important request!

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Maria Pedulla has devoted her life toward education for the sake of bringing people closer to God. Raised by Irish-American parents and taught by predominantly Irish Catholic nuns and priests, she had a hunger for religious education that compelled her to return to school in her 40's, after raising her children, to earn a Bachelor's degree in Philosophy from Fordham University, Bronx, NY, in 1985. From there, she continued on, earning a Master's degree in Religious Education from St. Joseph's Seminary in Yonkers, NY a few years later. Throughout her life, she was involved in pro-life causes, from mother-baby bonding in La Leche League, which she founded in Westchester County, NY in the 1960's, to parish groups, crisis pregnancy centers, civil protests at abortion clinics, and many other similar activities. Since her move to Indiana in 2001, she has been involved in numerous parish ministries throughout the Diocese of Gary, working as a volunteer nearly daily for the good of others. Maria, whose husband Dr. Joseph Pedulla passed away in 2011, is the proud mother of 4, grandmother of 20, and great-grandmother of 8.

The LaPorte County Right to Life is honored to recognize Maria with our Hero for Life Award. This award is given to persons who have lived and taught that each individual is an unrepeatable gift from God from conception to natural death. Our sincere thanks go out to you Maria for your tireless self giving to those in our community!


La Porte County Right to Life Heroes for Life

2019 Mrs. Maria Pedulla, Life Advocate Extraordinaire

2018 Monica Kelsey, Founder Safe Haven Baby Box

2016 Fr. Theodore Mens, Pro-life Director, Diocese of Gary

2015 Kathy Ratkiewicz, Michiana Down Syndrome

2013 Janice Edquist, Hospice Nurse extraordinary care!

2012 Dianne Carpenter, Life Volunteer!

2010 Ed Merrion, Life Defender, Catholic Charities,

2009 Mary Margaret Hathoot, Memorial, Audiologist

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