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We Are Making a Difference: Pro-Life Majority Gathers in Pittsburgh

Jun 24, 2010 | 2010 Press Releases

40th Annual National Right to Life Convention Begins Today

PITTSBURGH, PA – The 40th annual National Right to Life Convention kicks off today at the Hyatt RegencyPittsburgh International Airport.  First held in 1971, at Macalester College in St. Paul, Minnesota, the annual convention brings together pro-life leaders from across the country and around the world.  The convention launches with a general session featuring Steven Mosher, president of the Population Research Institute. 

“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 year’s 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.”

Author Angela Franks, Ph.D., will speak at this evening’s general session, on Planned Parenthood’s war against children. In her book Margaret Sanger’s Eugenic Legacy, she discusses Sanger’s 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 5 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 they’ll 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.

The National Right to Life Committee is the nation’s largest pro-life group with affiliates in all 50 states and over 3,000 local chapters nationwide.