National Right to Life Pro-Life Convention Begins in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania
by Steven Ertelt
June 24, 2010
Pittsburgh, PA (LifeNews.com) — The 40th annual National Right to Life Convention kicked off today in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania with an encouraging and energizing speech from the pro-life organizations’s president, who urged pro-life activists to get involved in the 2010 elections.
Steven Mosher, president of the Population Research Institute, who is credited with exposing the practice of forced abortions in China, also led off the convention with a forceful critique of the one-child family planning program there.
"Pro-life activists working at the local and state level make up the backbone of the pro-life movement and we are honored to bring them together in Pittsburgh this year," said Wanda Franz, Ph.D., president of the National Right to Life Committee
"This years convention gives us a chance to reflect on the pro-life advances made in the past year including groundbreaking legislation in Nebraska and Oklahoma. And it gives all of us the chance to redouble our efforts to protect life by networking and learning from some of the leading experts in the movement," she said.
Franz asked the audience of hundreds several rhetorical questions asking whether they were ready to work to support pro-life candidates for office and to continue opposing the pro-abortion, pro-rationing health care system President Barak Obama signed into law.
Author Angela Franks, Ph.D., will speak at this evenings general session, on Planned Parenthoods war against children. In her book Margaret Sangers Eugenic Legacy, she discusses Sangers contributions to the modern day culture of death. There will also be a special presentation celebrating the 25th anniversary of Teens for Life.
On Saturday morning, House Republican Leader John Boehner will receive the National Right to Life Legislative Leadership Award for outstanding pro-life leadership in Congress, as he addresses the importance of continued pro-life activism.
In total, the convention, hosted by the Pennsylvania Pro-Life Federation, will feature more than 60 workshops and five general sessions addressing every issue affecting the pro-life movement today from recent state legislative victories, stem cell research and fetal development to the dangers of healthcare rationing in the Obama health care plan and the possible effects of the DISCLOSE Act.
Celebrating its 25th year, the National Teens for Life convention will run concurrently with NRLC 2010, featuring sessions aimed at training and educating young pro-life leaders from across the country.
"Our goal is that everyone leaves the convention with the tools theyll need to continue touching hearts and changing minds," Dr. Franz added. "Working together at all levels, we are making a difference in the lives of the most vulnerable members of our society: the unborn, the elderly, and the medically dependant and disabled."
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