Right to Life Breakfast

Aubri Ruholl plays with her baby brother, Carter, during the Right to Life Breakfast. The children at the breakfast are a reminder of how precious life can be.

News Report Staff

The Teutopolis Grade School Auditorium was packed full of volunteers and diners Sunday morning for the annual Right to Life Breakfast.

For more than 40 years, the annual fundraiser has drawn people from different communities and congregations to support the efforts against legalized abortion. The breakfast started a year after the 1973 Supreme Court decision of Roe v. Wade that established legal abortion in the United States. After all those years, the breakfast has become an event for passive protest, as well as bringing people together for a hot breakfast of rope sausage, eggs and homemade desserts with volunteers offering plates of seconds repeatedly. If you walk away hungry from the table at this breakfast, it’s your own fault.

“The breakfast makes people aware of the pro-life movement. It also brings people of different faiths together. It’s cool to see how we all work together,” said Liz Kremer, of Teutopolis, as she worked in the kitchen for the event she helps organize.

Carolyn Willenburg, of Altamont, had to ask another volunteer how many years they have helped out at the Right to Life Breakfast. They couldn’t come up with an exact figure, but it could be counted in decades.

“We need to save the lives of the unborn children. That’s why everybody works together,” Willenburg said as she cut up a dessert for placement on one of the dining tables in the auditorium that combines for gym duty as well.

Marcus Bierman, of Wheeler, noted how the breakfast can draw people from all around on a Sunday.

Dale Wetherell, a Stewardson resident active with Lutherans for Life, explained the breakfast keeps the Right to Life ideals in the public’s mind in this region of the state.

“The public can get forgetful from time to time, so this can wake them up,” Wetherell said as passed cups full with eggs for the cooks in the kitchen. “And this teaches the young ones what’s going on.”

Young people tall and small were working alongside adults during the breakfast. Some of the youths left Illinois to join in the Right to Life March in Washington D.C., an event that draws up to 500,000 people annually on both sides of the abortion issue. Proceeds from the breakfast help fund the bus trip and accommodations for the young people during that trip each year.

“It’s a good cause for some youngsters to make the journey so far from home. If not, then the general public might lose interest,” said Father Carl Schmidt.

“The next generation is pitching in today,” Kremer said. Many of the adult volunteers remember how they helped out when they were younger, as well.

Another aspect of the Right to Life Breakfast is how it brings people together year after year. Even the diners look at the breakfast as a social event that mixes food and conversation.

“This is a great chance to meet people. It is nice to see all the people involved in such a good cause,” said Darlene Probst, of Bishop Creek, who was helping wrap the utensils in napkins for the breakfast.

The breakfast not only works to protect life, but to celebrate it as well. The auditorium was full of tiny children, whether toddlers or infants. They are a reminder of what the breakfast stands for: Someone has to speak up for the little ones.