National Right to Life Convention Against Abortion Heads to Pittsburgh Next Week
by Steven Ertelt
June 16, 2010
Washington, DC (LifeNews.com) — Thousands of pro-life advocates from across the country and around the world will gather in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania next week for the annual National Right to Life convention. there, they’ll learn about the latest developments in the pro-life battles over abortion, euthanasia and the upcoming 2010 elections.
This years convention is hosted by National Right to Life’s Pennsylvania affiliate, the Pennsylvania Pro-Life Federation and it marks the return to the city after a 2002 convention there.
"Every year we face new challenges as a movement. The convention gives the pro-life movement the chance to come together and learn how to face these challenges head-on,’ NRLC convention director Jacki Ragan tells LifeNews.com.
Population Research Institute director Steven Mosher, disability rights activists Mark & LaRee Pickup, and author and FOX News Channel contributor Rev. Msgr. James Lisante are some of the top names at the convention.
At the same time, 2010 also marks the 25th annual National Teens for Life convention and American Idol contestant Maddy Curtis and acclaimed photojournalist Michael Clancy, who took the amazing picture of the fetal surgery of Samual Armas, will head up the teen version.
House Republican leader John Boehner will receive an award from the National Right to Life Committee at the convention.
Although the Obama health care measure contains massive abortion funding, Boehner is credited with getting every Republican member of the House to vote against it and earning the support of nearly enough pro-life Democrats to stop it.
National Right to Life co-executive director Darla St. Martin told LifeNews.com previously that Boehner will address the convention and receive the National Right to Life Legislative Leadership Award.
"Congressman John Boehner has been an outspoken supporter of the most vulnerable members of our society," she said. "Throughout the battle over President Obama’s health care bill, Leader Boehner worked tirelessly to defend the rights of unborn children, the elderly, and the medically dependent and disabled."
NRLC’s Ragan says the convention features dozens of workshops, speakers and presenters on every pro-life topic imaginable.
"With attendees coming from across the country and around the world, the convention provides tremendous networking opportunities for chapter leaders to share ideas and learn from each other," she said. "We have more than 60 workshops and more than 100 speakers lined up who are leading experts in their respective fields."
Bobby Schindler, NRLC President Wanda Franz, Father Frank Pavone, Joel Brind, author Angela Franks, ethicist Steven Zelinksi and recording artist Jaime Thietten are some of the other top names at the event.
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