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Pro-Lifers to Gather for National Right to Life Convention

by Steven Ertelt | Washington, DC | LifeNews.com | 6/18/12 4:54 PM

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With the focus on the 2012 presidential elections and the opportunity for pro-life advocates to oust the most pro-abortion president since Roe v. Wade, pro-life activists will gather next week in the nation’s capital for the National Right to Life convention.

“The upcoming National Right to Life Convention is one filled with informative workshops; top notch speakers; important dignitaries, and will be a great place to meet and converse with other pro-lifers who face the same problems, successes and failures,” says Jacki Ragan, the convention coordinator.

She told LifeNews that important pro-life elected officials will be addressing NRLC 2012, including Rep. Eric Cantor (R-Va.) , the Majority Leader in the House of Representatives and pro-life champions Rep. Trent Franks, an Arizona Republican, and Chris Smith, a New Jersey Republican.

“Majority Leader Cantor will be welcoming pro-lifers in the convention’s Thursday June 28, opening general session,” she said. “Rep. Smith, co-chair of the Congressional Pro-life Caucus since 1982, will be featured  in the Thursday evening general session. On Friday morning, June 29, Rep. Franks and Senator Kelly Ayotte (R-NH) will join other political experts to look ahead to the 2012 elections.”

They will rally activists in a session entitled “2010 Was Just the Start…In 2012, We Take America Back!”

“Sam Brownback, formerly senator from Kansas and now its governor, will close out the three-day educational extravaganza as the Saturday night banquet speaker,” Ragan told LifeNews.

The convention kicks off with an opening general session featuring Steven Mosher, president of the Population Research Institute, who has worked to expose forced abortion under China’s one-child policy. On Thursday afternoon, Lila Rose, president of Live Action Network will talk about her work in “Exposing Planned Parenthood’s Deadly Secrets.”

Rep. Smith and Reggie Littlejohn, president of Women’s Rights Without Frontiers, will address the convention Thursday evening examining the question “Where Are All the Girls? The Social Consequences of China’s One-Child Policy.”

Author and television host, Rev. Msgr. James Lisante will address the annual National Right to Life Prayer Breakfast on Friday morning. On Saturday, Burke Balch, J.D., director of National Right to Life’s Robert Powell Center for Medical Ethics and Powell Center Legislative Counsel Jennifer Popik, J.D. will hold a general session on the rationing effects in the ObamaCare health care law.

Recording artist Jaime Thietten will also be on hand throughout the convention providing special music for the annual Prayer Breakfast and closing banquet. Mrs. Thietten is dedicated to using her career to advance a life-affirming message.

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National Right to Life’s annual convention, “We the People…Defending Life,” will be held June 28-30, 2012, at the Hyatt Regency Crystal City in Arlington, Virginia. First held at Macalester College in St. Paul, Minnesota in 1971, the annual National Right to Life Convention brings together grassroots leaders of the right-to-life movement to exchange ideas, share information and join together in the common goal of ensuring protection for all innocent human life.

This year’s convention is hosted by National Right to Life’s Virginia affiliate, Virginia Society for Human Life and features over 70 workshops and general sessions featuring expert speakers who will address the broad spectrum of pro-life issues.

In addition, National Teens for Life (NTL) will hold its 27th annual convention concurrently with NRLC 2012. The NTL convention will feature workshops and sessions geared toward educating and activating the next generation of pro-life activists.