A Christmas message from our President

December 23, 2015

“For with God nothing will be impossible.”

And so are the words the angel pronounced to a humble and astonished Jewish girl as the mystery and glory of that first Christmas began to unfold over 2,000 years ago.

Nothing will be impossible.  How foreign these words are to what we celebrate today as the Christmas experience.  We don’t hear these words in carols, nor do we find them in greeting cards. Yet these are the words recorded in the first chapter of Luke’s gospel, words that should perhaps be written in capital letters as a reminder for us to pause and reflect on the utter impossibility of Christmas.

It was impossible to expect God to move after 400 years of prophetic silence, except that what man considers slow is never one second short of God’s perfect timing.

It was impossible for a good and decent carpenter to accept the humiliation of learning that his betrothed was with a Child that he knew was not his own, except that in faith he bowed his heart to the voice of the angel who said to him, “Do not be afraid.”

It was impossible to believe that the One who spoke the universe into existence was now taking on flesh in His mother’s womb, except that His glory was such that the child who would be known as John the Baptist leaped for joy in his mother’s womb at the very approach of the unborn Savior.

It was impossible for a man and a woman from Nazareth to fulfill the necessity that the Messiah must be born in Bethlehem Ephrathah, except for the providential decree for a worldwide census.

It was impossible to find suitable privacy for a woman to give birth in a small town wild with travelers and with no room to be found, except there was provided a lowly manger.

It was impossible in an age before mass communication for the world to know that the King had been born, except for the myriads of heavenly hosts who illuminated the pitch darkness of the fields with an astounding announcement to the simplest of shepherds.

It was impossible for those seeking the newborn Son of David to find Him, except for the brilliance of a star unlike any that man has ever seen.

It was impossible to escape the wrath of a jealous and brutal tyrant, except for the angel’s warning to flee the approaching slaughter of the Innocents.
It was impossible that the Word could take on flesh and not be worshiped by all who crossed His path, except that the Child from Bethlehem grew to walk in a world that did not know Him or the time of His visitation.

It was impossible that a Child, whose first cradle was a feeding trough, would one day bridge the unfathomable gulf between a holy God and sinful man, except He lived a perfect life, gave Himself up as a sacrifice pierced with nails and crowned with thorns, and spoke with His dying breath, “It is finished.”

It is impossible to believe that His mission was anything but a failure as the One once wrapped in swaddling clothes was now wrapped for burial and placed in a mournful tomb, except for an unexpected resurrection that forever crushed the power of sin and death.

It is impossible to grasp that the birth of this King is still relevant to us today in a world of violence, uncertainty and injustice, except for the promise He made that He will one day return in an hour when we least expect Him.

“For with God nothing will be impossible.”

These are the forgotten words of the Christmas story.  Yet this is what Christmas is really all about.

How these words must have resonated in Joseph and Mary’s hearts, as they saw with their tear-filled eyes and held in their longing arms the tiny baby Jesus, with grasping fingers and hungry newborn cries, on that first Christmas night so many years ago.   Nothing, absolutely nothing, will be impossible with God.

May you and your family enjoy a blessed Christmas.

Mike Fichter
President and CEO

Donnelly Votes to Fund Planned Parenthood

December 4, 2015

Sen. Joe Donnelly

Sen. Joe Donnelly

Washington – Sen. Joe Donnelly (D-IN) voted on Thursday in support of providing federal tax dollars to the nation’s largest abortion provider, Planned Parenthood. The U.S. Senate spent the day on legislative activity surrounding the reconciliation bill, a measure that only needed 51 votes to pass, which included language to defund Planned Parenthood of most of its federal funds.

Before the vote on the reconciliation bill itself, which passed 52-47, amendments came up that dealt with funding to Planned Parenthood. Donnelly supported the Murray-Wyden Amendment that would have directed $1 billion in taxpayer funds to abortion providers. He also supported an amendment by pro-abortion Republicans that would have stripped the Planned Parenthood defunding language from the reconciliation bill. Donnelly voted against the reconciliation bill, which largely defunds Planned Parenthood.

“Sen. Donnelly betrayed Hoosier voters who believed his campaign promises of being pro-life,” said Mike Fichter, President and CEO of Indiana Right to Life. “It was easy for Sen. Donnelly to say he’s pro-life, but when it came time for him to choose life over party politics, he chose party politics. Sen. Donnelly wasted opportunities during the reconciliation bill process to defund the nation’s largest abortion provider. Furthermore, he had the audacity to support sending $1 billion in tax dollars to abortion businesses! Hoosiers are sick of their tax dollars going to an industry that profits off the destruction of life.”

Sen. Dan Coats (R-IN) voted in favor of life throughout the reconciliation bill process.

Indiana Right to Life’s mission is to protect the right to life, especially of unborn children, through positive education, compassionate advocacy and promotion of healthy alternatives to abortion.


Justice System Goes Light on Abortion Doctor Ulrich Klopfer

December 3, 2015

Another Misdemeanor is Dismissed through a Pretrial Diversion Program

Dr. Ulrich Klopfer

Dr. Ulrich Klopfer

Dr. Ulrich Klopfer, former abortion doctor in South Bend, Ind. had a misdemeanor against him dismissed by the St. Joseph County prosecutor after he completed a pretrial diversion program. The dismissal follows another misdemeanor dismissal through a pretrial diversion program in Lake County earlier this year. Both misdemeanor charges were for failing to file a timely report. In both Lake and St. Joseph Counties, Klopfer failed to file termination of pregnancy reports within three days after he did abortions on girls under age 14.

Indiana law requires the Indiana Department of Health and Child Protective Services to be notified within three days of an abortion on a girl under 14. Indiana law specifies that sexual activity of a 13-year-old or younger, regardless of the perpetrator’s age, is child molesting.

“Dr. Klopfer’s failure to report abortions on young girls in a timely fashion may have allowed the child molestation to continue,” said Mike Fichter, President and CEO of Indiana Right to Life. “It’s appalling that he put young girls at serious risk and he received nothing more than a slap on the wrist from the county prosecutors. Our legal system failed these young girls.”

“St. Joseph Right to Life is extremely disappointed that Dr. Klopfer found the easy way out of a serious misdemeanor charge,” shared Jeanette Burdell, Executive Director of St. Joseph County Right to Life. “Justice was not served for the 13-year-olds who sought abortions from Dr. Klopfer after being molested at such a young age. We’re disappointed that the county prosecutor allowed Dr. Klopfer to go through the pretrial diversion program for such a serious offense. Thankfully, however, the state health department’s recent prohibition on Dr. Klopfer performing abortions will keep other young girls from being victimized by him.”

For decades, Klopfer ran abortion facilities in South Bend, Gary and Fort Wayne. Legal troubles and failure to comply with local and state laws have forced Klopfer to stop doing abortions in all three cities. However, his Fort Wayne and South Bend facilities remain open for non-abortion services. Klopfer will also face the Indiana Medical Licensing Board in March 2016 with over 1,833 alleged violations filed against him by the Office of Indiana Attorney General Greg Zoeller.

Indiana Right to Life’s mission is to protect the right to life, especially of unborn children, through positive education, compassionate advocacy and promotion of healthy alternatives to abortion.

St. Joseph County Right to Life, Inc. is dedicated to the social welfare by promoting life through education and advocacy. It is the oldest, continuously active pro-life organization in St. Joseph County, and is the central organization representing pro-life interests. Its goal is to protect all innocent human life-the unborn, the infirm or handicapped, and the aged.


Senate Votes Today on Defunding Planned Parenthood

December 3, 2015

Sen. Joe Donnelly

Sen. Joe Donnelly

The U.S. Senate is expected to vote on legislation TODAY that would block about 89% of the federal funds that go to Planned Parenthood — about $400 million in the next year.

The Republican Senate leadership is including the Planned Parenthood provision in special fast-track process called “reconciliation,” under which the bill (H.R. 3762) is not subject to filibuster.  But both the Planned Parenthood provision and the bill itself still require majority support in order to pass.
A razor-close vote is expected, and it will require an even greater nationwide outpouring of support from grassroots pro-life citizens in order to pass this legislation.

Senator Joe Donnelly may cast the deciding vote. 

The Senate may consider a large number of amendments to the reconciliation bill, dealing not only with Planned Parenthood but with many other subjects, including amendments to repeal various components of Obamacare. The essential thing is that, at the end of the amendment process, the bill must be passed for the sake of the Planned Parenthood provision.
Call Senator Donnelly immediately and urge him to vote for the defunding of Planned Parenthood. 

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