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This Ultra-Sound image is a fetus at less that 4 months. The image depicts eyes, legs, fingers, arms and more. From the moment of conception the fertilized egg contains the essence and existence of a human being. It is our obligation to protect life from the moment of conception to the last breath of human life.


Mike Pieper (Former RLMC Board Member), Steph Hanlon (VP-RLMC) and Joe Scheidler (founder of Pro-Life Action League)
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Right to Life McHenry County:

  • is dedicated to promoting the sanctity of human life.
  • Believes God grants us life from the moment of conception to its natural end.
  • an all volunteer, grassroots, non-partisan, non-denominational and non-profit organization
  • is promoting a culture of life through:

Life-Chain 2018

Sunday, October 7, 2018  Route 14 at Teckler Blvd, Crystal Lake, IL   2:30-3:30
IFE CHAIN is a peaceful and prayerful public witness of pro-life individuals standing for 60 minutes praying for our nation and for an end to abortion.  It is a visual statement of solidarity by the Christian community that abortion kills children and that the Church supports the sanctity of human life from the moment of conception until natural death. 

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Post High School Scholarship Results for McHenry County (IL) Students

Commitment Scholarship
Congratulations to Rubi Mendez, a 2018 graduate of Johnsburg High School,  for her Commitment Scholarship Award. 

Pictured on the Left is Michael Rauh, President of McHenry County Right to Life) present the award certificate and $1,000.00 scholarship to Rubi Mendez.

On the right are Stephanie Hanlon (Vice President of McHenry County Right to Life) along with Rubi Mendez and Michael Rauh.

From Crystal Lake Central

At the Crystal Lake Central High School Senior's Night on May 16th 2018, Mia Widhalm received the RLMC Commitment Scholarship for $1000 from Stephanie Hanlon, VP of RLMC. Mia has demonstrated exceptional commitment to right to life issues by being involved in many pro-life activities: Mia has participated in four Marches for Life; two in Chicago and two in Washington D.C. Throughout her years at Crystal Lake Central High School, she has helped plan the Pro-Life Day of Silent Solidarity. On that day students wear a piece of red duct tape over their mouths with the word "LIFE" written across it. Curious onlookers are handed a flier explaining how their silence was meant to raise awareness for the voices that are silenced every day through abortion. Mia incorporates her pro-life stance into her school work as well. When assigned to write an essay on how a certain concept has caused oppression to a group of marginalized people, Mia wrote about how abortion has been an oppressiveforce against women. Mia furthermore understands that to be pro-life is to care for more than just unborn children, pro-life is to be pro-woman and pro-family and encourages the reasonableness of fighting for the equality of women by petitioning for longer maternity leave and more flexibility in hours for mothers in school and at work. She emulates how vital it is to treat each human life. She is the person who will befriend a fellow classmate and offer compassion and support throughout the pregnant teen's journey.

It will be Mia’s mission to start a pro-life club at McHenry County College where she can share her positive experiences with other students in our community. She also will be volunteering at the local crisis pregnancy center and looks to be proactive in the political realm of the pro-life movement.

Mia further stated, "To me, life is something precious something worth fighting for, and I will not give up until
the battle against the culture of death has been won."

From Marian Central

The Right to Life Commitment Scholarship is a merit-based scholarship for $1000, awarded to three students of private AND public high schools in our county. Applicants were required to write an essay detailing their involvement in right to life activities and how they plan to continue their pro-life commitment beyond high school. We were blown away to find out what INCREDIBLY DEDICATED pro-life students there are in our county. At Marian, we have 2 runners-up and 1 official winner to award.

The two Runners -up to the scholarship are Kevin Niehaus and Lucca Kenyon.

Kevin has been an active member of his church’s Respect Life Ministry where he has assisted in fundraising for a crisis pregnancy center. He also has helped collect signatures for the Right to Life ad that runs every January in the Northwest Herald. Thanks to him and others, more than 2200 people from our community signed to stand in defense of the unborn. Kevin held signs and offered prayers at the Life Chain on Route 14 in Crystal Lake. Furthermore, while watching a performance of the Mime for Life and people’s reaction to it, Kevin realized how strongly this issue can impact so many different people.  Of all right to life activities, his favorite is working with the elderly. In voting he will make it his responsibility to find which candidates support life the most. We are confident that Kevin will be a blessing to students at McHenry County College where he will join the Oasis Club, witnessing to students God’s message that each human life has value and should be treated with dignity. Thank you, Kevin, for all you have done to promote a culture of life in your school and our community!

Lucca’s activities include March for Life DC, the March for Life Chicago, prayer in defense of the unborn, and spiritual adoption of a child to be born. Lucca converses deeply about her pro-life convictions with peers who oppose her beliefs. Also, Lucca is a MEMBER of the Mime for Life Performance Troupe. This powerful presentation put on by teens, travels locally performing at churches and retreats. In the performance Lucca plays the role of a teen in a crisis pregnancy pressured into termination of her unborn child. Audiences are impacted and deeply moved to see the darkness of the situation brightened only by the light of Christ’s Mercy. After each performance, Lucca and members of the Mime have the audience break into small groups and discuss how each person can contribute to bringing an end to the holocaust of today. We are confident Lucca will fight for the innocent at St. Norbert

College where she will continue to educate others on the importance of standing up for the most precious gift in the world! Thank you, Lucca, for all you have done to promote a culture of life in your school and our community!

And now for our winner, Colin Stoll.

A participant in the March for Life-DC, planner of trips to March for Life Chicago and  pro-life prayer services, Colin has also has spiritually adopted a child and prayed for 9 months. In the classroom, he has written papers in defense of the pro-life position and started following pro-life blogs on social media.  Colin, like Lucca, is also an active member of the Mime for Life, where he has played the role of the boyfriend alongside the pregnant girlfriend who make the tragic choice. Without even saying a word, he and the mimes have changed many people’s outlook on this issue.

Having turned 18, Colin acknowledges the huge responsibility of voting. Having had a teacher that is a strong advocate for pro-life issues has influenced his conscience, he says “leading him

to the correct ideals when voting”.  In writing papers in defense of the pro-life position, Colin has written “a vote against life, is a vote against God.” Colin believes “His votes and actions should reflect his beliefs.”

Furthermore, while a pre-med student at the University of Notre Dame, Colin is looking to do studies on adult stem-cell research and their role in neuro-regeneration. Colin recognizes “research on these types of cells”, and not embryonic stem cells, “promote the pro-life movement, while still allowing for scientific advancement”.

He also recognizes that in addition to his obligation to live his pro-life beliefs, Catholic institutions have the duty to support the pro-life movement as well.

Colin, we are certain that you have the diligence, insightfulness, and faithfulness to be a powerful defender of life at Notre Dame AND beyond! Congratulations, Colin, on winning the Right to Life McHenry County Commitment Scholarship!  May God bless you and may your continued efforts bear much fruit!


45 Years of Roe v. Wade

Please click on the image to view our complete ad as presented in the Northwest Herald.

“Rescue those who are unjustly sentenced to death; don’t stand back and let them die.” ~ Proverbs 24:11

Letter from the President of Right to Life McHenry County (RLMC)


This year at RLMC, we have a new board. I’m Michael Rauh, your new President, and I am pleased to announce the following as my fellow board members:

- Stephanie Hanlon, Vice-President and Director 
       of Education
- Holly Wilkinson, Treasurer
- Helen Jost, Secretary
- George Jost, Director of Special Projects

Thank you to all who volunteered to assist in making this year’s Signature Ad a reality, and a special thanks to all the churches and Pastors who stand proudly with us on the Pro-life issues! We couldn’t continue this work without your kind assistance and the generous support of  our donors and it is really an inspiration to work alongside you. We are truly blessed to have a community that fights for life, the first inalienable right.

We thank the retiring board for their many years of dedication and tireless service that went above and beyond. Best wishes in all your future endeavors!

The passion of the new board is to continue building and spreading the culture of life throughout our community, and we invite any individuals to contact us who want to be more involved in RLMC. To learn more about RLMC and to support our efforts, please visit our website at

Best wishes for a tremendously grace-filled and blessed new year!

Michael Rauh
President, RLMC

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Interview with a baby.

This poignient video is with an unborn child moments before his mother commits to having an abortion. Please view it.



State and Local News



Pro-life voices are now firmly in Facebook’s crosshairs

Mark Zuckerberg, who controls Facebook with its two billion users, has had his computer software engineers design complex computer algorithms – a sequence of unambiguous instructions written in computer code – that direct his computers, on their own and largely without any human intervention, to promote posts by certain groups while suppressing others.

The effect on pro-life groups has been dramatic.  In fact, every group we know has seen their reach and influence on social media platforms suddenly diminished. The reason is that Facebook, along with YouTube, Twitter and Google, are deliberately suppressing pro-life, pro-family views while freely promoting Left-wing ideology.  Zuckerberg is a leading member of the coastal elite, so it is no surprise that his new algorithm suppresses the voices of "deplorables" like us who believe in the sanctity of life

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National News

The U.S. Department of Health and Human Services released a draft of its new strategic plan for 2018-2022, and with the addition of a few small words, it’s clear that there is a major change.  The Plan states: HHS accomplishes its mission through programs and initiatives that cover a wide spectrum of activities, serving and protecting American is at every stage of life, beginning at conception....More...

Media forced to admit Trump is right about horrific U.S. abortion laws

President Donald Trump after he stated in announcing his support for the Pain-Capable Unborn Child Protection Act on October 2: 

“The United States is currently out of the mainstream in the family of nations, in which only 7 out of 198 nations allow elective abortions after 20 weeks of pregnancy.”

The Washington Post decided to fact check the president. Their conclusion? He is "backed by data."

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The House last week passed the Pain-Capable Unborn Child Protection Act (H.R. 36) by a vote of 237-189, sending the bill to the Senate where it will take 60 votes even to consider the measure. While proponents of the bill want to change the filibuster policy so only a majority vote will be required, Senator Lindsey Graham (R-South Carolina) (pictured) explained during a press conference why he's opposed to doing so. 

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New national poll shows overwhelming support for Pain-Capable Unborn Child Protection Act

A nationwide telephone poll take Election Day by the polling company, inc./WomanTrend for the Susan B. Anthony List found almost two-thirds support for the Pain-Capable Unborn Child Protection Act—well more than double those who opposed.

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Video screen capture of "The Language of Abortion"

Screen capture of "The Language of Abortion"

VIDEO: “The language of abortion is confusing. What are we trying to hide?”

The Language of Abortion,” produced by Signal Hill, a Canadian pro-life group. This 31-second long video uses humor (mixed with the mildest of ridicule) to convey a powerful truth by means of a question—“The language of abortion is confusing. What are we trying to hide?”

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10 Reasons not to have an abortion ...

Parenting website Mommyish recently published an article advocating ten reasons (well, actually nine) to have an abortion. In response, I wrote a piece debunking the author’s arguments. Today, I will discuss ten reasons not to have an abortion.

1) It compounds tragedy.

2) It takes innocent lives.

3) It violates civil rights.

4) It punishes innocent people.


International News

International Right to Life head hears about this organization everywhere he goes in the world

Brad Mattes

As the president of the International Right to Life Federation, I frequently travel around the world. Literally, wherever I go, people ask me about LifeSiteNews.  They are familiar with the daily email publication and website and want to know if it provides reliable information on the life issues. 

ImageI’m happy to tell them that in the past I have served on the board of directors of LifeSiteNews, primarily because they do provide accurate, up-to-the minute information.  This answer is always met with a broad smile because they too have depended upon this vital source of pro-life news. 

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