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NRLC 44 and the exhilaration of speaking to a room full of enthusiastic pro-life youth

by | May 30, 2014


By Melissa Ohden

Editor’s note. Melissa, the survivor of a “failed” saline abortion in 1977, speaks all over the world. She has spoken at the last three National Right to Life Conventions and will again next month. She writes frequently for NRL News Today.

Melissa Ohden (right) and Lisa Andrusko, NRLC Yearbook Editor, at the 2013 National Right to Life Convention

Melissa Ohden (right) and Lisa Andrusko, NRLC Yearbook Editor, at the 2013 National Right to Life Convention

It’s hard to believe that it’s almost that wonderful time again—NRLC Convention time! The 44th annual pro-life educational event of year will take place June 26-28th in Louisville at the historic Galt House Hotel.

And what a selection! Five General Sessions, a Prayer Breakfast, a closing Banquet, and more than 60 workshops—truly something for everyone!

This year, I will be speaking at both a teen workshop, (“I am a voice for life!” on Friday from 9:30-10:15), and a general workshop, (“My Life’s Blessings-From an Abortion Survivor” on Friday from 2:00-3:15).

If hearing me speak isn’t enough of a draw for you, I invite you to come and view my very pregnant belly! (Just don’t mention how I look like I could give birth any day, I still have a little while to go and hear that often enough.)

There is something particularly exhilarating about seeing a room full of attentive and motivated pro-life youth. When you hear them ask penetrating questions, hear them answer questions thoughtfully, and hear them speak eloquently on the issue of life, you know the future of our Movement is in good hands.

Even the New York Times recognizes the array of pro-life youth camps that exist and how they attract passionate, committed youth.  I couldn’t agree more! Besides being a part of the annual NRLC Convention, my other favorite pro-life activity in the summer is speaking at youth camps.

I believe the depth of information that the youth receive at camp is vast, the amount of fun that they have is enormous (shhh, don’t tell their parents), and the relationships that they form with camp staff, mentors and one another not only inspires and motivate them but also result in lifetime friendships.

Along with the NRLC Academy and the NRLC internship program, these camps are the foundation for the future. NRLC’s Elizabeth Spillman put it perfectly when she wrote

Pro-Life youth camps have taken the country by storm in recent years, exploding in popularity and popping up all over the country. Thousands of students have graduated from these camps equipped to lead future generations of the pro-life movement.”

Our family looks forward to NRLC convention each and every year. We hope to see you in Louisville June 26-28 as we gather with our friends and pro-life colleagues who stand for life!

Editor’s note. For full registration information and an update on the fabulous array of speakers, go to

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