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Irene Napier and "Ben Franklin" (Tom Kelecius) review the attendees at the 2014 Pig Roast celebrating the Right to Life involvement in McHenry County, IL.

RtL March for Life

The Right to Life March on Washington DC was a very moving experience. Even though the media panned it, it made a gigantic impact.

Ultra Sound

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.

Crystal Lake Expo

We greeted visitors to the Crystal Lake Expo at Booth #44 on 
Saturday, March 28, 2015 and
Sunday, March 29, 2015
Please stop by and visit us.  Help us in our mission to promote respect and protection for all human life from the moment of conception until natural death.
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Post High School Scholarship Results for McHenry County (IL) Students

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 oppressive force 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."

Pictured are:
Mia's grandmother - Terri Widhalm
Mia's Mothrer - Cindy Widhalm
Winner - Mia Widhalm
Stephanie Hanlon - Vice President of RLMC
Members from Right to Life McHenry County have awarded students from around the county with the Right to Life McHenry County Commitment Scholarship. These students from Marian Central Catholic High School have demonstrated exceptional commitment to right to life issues.

Shown in the photo left -to right are:
George Jost - Director of RLMC
Kevin Niehaus - RLMC Commitment Scholarship Runner-Up ($500)
Colin Stoll - Winner of RLMC Commitment Scholarship ($1000)
Lucca Kenyon - RLMC Commitment Scholarship Runner-Up ($500)
Stephanie Hanlon - Vice President of RLMC

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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Right to Life McHenry County:

40 Days for Life



The next campaign is February 14 – March 25. Look for the nearest location and get involved!
Click here for further details. 

McHenry County Catholic Prayer Breakfast

This photo was taken at the McHenry County Catholic Prayer Breakfast
on October 7, 2017. Shown are Mike Pieper, Stephanie Hanlon and
Joe Scheidler.

Photo credit:

Observer photo/Dan Szpekowski



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


Please contact your state legislators - ERA vote coming April 10th

ERA supporters are claiming they will bring the Equal Rights Amendment (ERA) up for a vote in the Illinois Senate on Tuesday, April 10th.  Then they are claiming they will turn their efforts to the Illinois House with a goal of passing the ERA in Illinois by the end of May 2018. 

We need to counter the pressure they are putting on the legislators.  Please contact your state senator AND your state representative by phone and email and encourage them to vote no on the ERA (Bill #SJRCA4).  Remind them that this poorly written amendment will harm women and the unborn child.  ERA  will overturn all abortion restrictions and mandate taxpayer funding for all elective medicaid abortions.  More information on the ERA can be found at the link below.  Also, to find contact information for your legislators, see the link below.

Please pass this on to others who will help.  If we work together, they will not have their victory.  We do not fight this battle alone.

More information about the ERA visit:  http://eagleforum.org/topics/era.html

For contact information for your legislators, visit:

Planned Parenthood fined $116K for failing to report payments to Hillary Clinton, senate candidate

The Federal Elections Commission fined Planned Parenthood Advocates of Wisconsin for failing to report $116,898 in contributions to Democratic presidential candidate Hillary Clinton and Democratic Senate candidate Russ Feingold.

According to FEC documents, the abortion affiliate’s political arm reported $133,305.04 in expenditures on its October 2016 quarterly report, but that sum included two payments of $58,449.04 apiece, dated August 31, 2016, but not submitted in any previous reports. One was a donation to Clinton, who lost to President Donald Trump, and the other a donation to Feingold, a former Wisconsin senator who unsuccessfully attempted to retake his old seat from Republican Ron Johnson in 2016.

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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