Lake County Right to Life hosted a Defund Planned Parenthood rally on February 11, in conjunction with similar events all over the United States. The rally was a call for the government to pull tax dollars from an organization that allows the dismemberment of human beings. The event was sponsored by The Pro-Life Action League, Created Equal, and Citizens for a Pro-Life Society.

A crowd size of more than 120 protestors gathered at the Planned Parenthood in Merrillville to remember and advocate for the unborn. The rally featured various speakers including Fr. Steven Loncar of St. Thomas Aquinas Church in Knox, Indiana, James Laud of the Knights of Columbus Marion Council, Scott Heldreth of Heart for the Next Generation, Pastor Dick Bashta of Living Stones Church, and Rachel Klein, who helped organize the event.

Topics discussed included Planned Parenthood’s dark history, as well as upcoming pro-life events like Forty Days for Life.  One of the groups present, Heart for the Next Generation, is known for bringing its music ministry to such events. All were gathered with the task of not only calling out Planned Parenthood’s evil practices, but to reach out to those going in the clinic also, in hopes of changing hearts and minds.

One of the speakers was Debbie Revor, who offered her personal testimony.  Revor, a member of Porter County Right to Life, told the crowd of her pain and regret from terminating her pregnancy more than 30 years ago at the Merrillville Planned Parenthood clinic.  Her powerful speech gave witness not only to the suffering caused by abortion, but also to the mercy and salvation found in Jesus Christ.

The rally concluded with prayer.  Feelings of inspiration and hopefulness saturated all who attended.  Nationally, the rallies were extremely successful, occurring in 228 locations within 45 different states! Counter protesters were present at many rallies, including nearly 75 in Merrillville. Their presence is testimony to the success pro-life voices are having across the nation.  Planned Parenthood now realizes their government funding could be in jeopardy in the near future.