Wyoming Pro-Life Advocates Look to Rebuild State Organization
October 2, 2006
Cheyenne, WY (LifeNews.com) — A new leadership team headed by a long-time pro-life advocate is set to rebuild Right to Life of Wyoming. Several Wyoming residents met in Rawlins recently and elected a new slate of state officers to return the non-profit pro-life group to statewide prominence.
Steven Ertelt, a Cheyenne resident who is the editor and CEO of LifeNews.com, a pro-life newswire service, was elected president. Ertelt served as the Executive Director of Montana Right to Life and has worked for the National Right to Life and Indiana Right to Life organizations over the years.
"We look forward to helping Right to Life of Wyoming lead the discussion about key bioethics issues," Ertelt said. "We’re committed to defending the lives of the vulnerable and those citizens who are threatened by abortion, euthanasia, or grisly scientific research."
"The years have gone by, but abortion still destroys the lives of women and their unborn children," Ertelt explained. "Euthanasia and assisted suicide are becoming more pervasive and we are increasingly forced to confront the immorality of human cloning and embryonic stem cell research."
Larry Hell, a high school teacher from Green River, will serve as the organization’s Vice-President and retired Cheyenne residents Robert and Barb Ruegge were elected as the Treasurer and Secretary.
"I am convinced that Right to Life of Wyoming will soon become a vital force in the work to make Wyoming a safer place for the unborn, handicapped, and elderly of the state," Hell said.
RTLW is an affiliate of the National Right to Life Committee, and currently has chapters in Cheyenne, Jackson, Rock Springs, Cody, Gillette, Torrington and Green River. The group represents nearly 8,000 Wyoming families.
Ertelt said Right to Life of Wyoming will be focused on three key areas – educating the public, lobbying the state legislature to pass pro-life laws, and electing pro-life candidates.