U.S. Congressman Jim Jordan was one of the guest speakers at the annual Right to Life of Allen County banquet. (DHI Media/Nancy Spencer)
U.S. Congressman Jim Jordan was one of the guest speakers at the annual Right to Life of Allen County banquet. (DHI Media/Nancy Spencer)

DELPHOS - The annual Right to Life of Allen County banquet drew some important guests from state and federal levels. Lima native State Representative Matt Huffman and Troy native U.S. Congressman Jim Jordan were two of the guest speakers at the “Proudly Pro-Life” dinner.

Jordan said the pro-life initiative is an example of a fundamental right in this country and they must be protected.

“Our country is so great that it allows you to speak out against your leaders about things that really matter,’ he said. “That’s why you are so engaged in your mission. You are fighting for the fundamental right to exist. And you are making strides. The greatest thing about living in this country is that ordinary people can do extraordinary things.

“Of all the people who approach us and want to talk about something they are passionate about, those who want to talk about pro-life are of the few who don’t have anything financial to gain. You believe life is sacred and should be protected. Few things are as simple as that.”



Huffman opened with a little levity. “This is very important work we are doing here,” he said. “More important than football. I only say that because LCC plays tomorrow night.” But he soon got down to business.

Huffman said he and his colleagues are still working to move the Heartbeat Bill through the senate. The proposed anti-abortion legislation is based on the idea that a fetus is a person as soon as it has a heartbeat. Fetal heartbeats can be detected at about six to seven weeks into the pregnancy, but may be as late as twelve weeks when detected with a Doppler field monitor.

Huffman gave the history of attempts to make slavery against the law when George Washington was president to remind those in attendance their goal might take some time.

“Washington didn’t get it done and neither did Jefferson or Madison. They kept pushing it down the road because they were afraid of the backlash,” he said. “It wasn’t until Lincoln that we managed to right something that we knew was wrong.

“We tend to think about our battles and if we are winning when we elect a pro-life official but the small ones matter, too. We win when a woman decides to have her baby.”

More than 90 people attended the banquet emceed by Right to Life member Denny Elwer of Delphos.