“No Abortions in South Bend” Campaign Continues

November 2, 2017

Joint news release with St. Joseph County Right to Life:

Digital Ads, Radio Ads, Billboards and More Will Alert Residents to Potential Abortion Chain Opening in Their Community

SOUTH BEND, Ind. – Indiana Right to Life and St. Joseph Right to Life announce additional avenues to continue its “No Abortions in South Bend” campaign. The organizations are leading the effort to keep an out-of-state abortion facility from opening in South Bend. South Bend has been abortion-free since Nov. 2015 when Dr. Ulrich Klopfer, the abortion doctor who had his medical license suspended for health and safety violations, ceased doing abortions there.

Texas-based Whole Woman’s Health Alliance applied for an Indiana abortion license on Oct. 6. The organization, which has had its own share of health and safety violations, is seeking waivers from the state of Indiana so it doesn’t have to comply with portions of Indiana’s abortion law.

Indiana Right to Life and St. Joseph County Right to Life announced the attempt to bring abortions to South Bend on Oct. 12. Since then, thousands of concerned citizens have signed their petition, generating nearly 30,000 messages to elected officials. The petition reads:

“I just learned that a new abortion business is trying to open in South Bend. I oppose the killing of unborn children and urge you to do everything within your power to keep an abortion clinic out of South Bend.  Please act now – lives depend on it.”

Today the pro-life organizations announce additional campaigns to stop abortions in South Bend. A digital campaign buy will ensure local residents within a 15-mile radius of South Bend see banner ads on applications, Google searches and more through November. This digital campaign comes on top of social media ads running on popular platforms.

Further, billboards and yard signs will soon appear throughout the South Bend area, directing observers to speak out about abortions in their community.

Finally, a radio campaign will begin next week, reaching South Bend area listeners. All the awareness tools are credited to the generous response of the pro-life community who do not want to see abortions in St. Joseph County.

On Oct. 23, U.S. Rep. Jackie Walorski (IN-2), whose district includes South Bend, wrote to Indiana’s new Health Commissioner, Dr. Kristina Box, urging the state to reject the application for a new abortion facility in South Bend. Indiana Senator Joe Zakas (District 11), also took action by writing Gov. Eric Holcomb to reject the abortion facility, on Oct. 18. Sen. Zakas shared he heard from more than 200 constituents in just one weekend following the news of the abortion business’s application.

“We are committed to alerting South Bend residents that an out-of-state abortion chain is trying to profit off ending the lives of unborn children in their community,” said Mike Fichter, President and CEO of Indiana Right to Life. “A news report in South Bend this week cited abortion facility leaders, saying they are ready to open any day. This is wholly disingenuous. The facility’s application for a license is pending and we will continue to oppose its opening for however long it takes.”

“St. Joseph County has always been a very pro-life community,” said Tom Gill, President of St. Joseph County Right to Life. “We hope everyone in and around this area will take an active role in fighting this deadly invasion from an out-of-state abortion chain.  Women and families in this community are blessed with an abundance of resources that stand ready to assist them in any crisis. We simply don’t need abortion here.”

The organizations’ petition to elected officials is at http://p2a.co/XiEMDui. Many respondents are also signing through their mobile phones by texting “BABIES” to 52886 (Indiana Right to Life, Inc.  Action Alerts. Message Frequency. Message and Data Rates May Apply. Reply STOP to optout, HELP for help).


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.

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.

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