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Stand for Life! In Louisville, KY ~ June 26 – 28, 2014

by | May 14, 2014


By Jacki Ragan, Convention Director

Convention2014-4Each year, I have the privilege of planning the annual National Right to Life Convention. This year’s Educational Event of the Year will take place in Louisville, Kentucky!

On its own, Louisville is a complete delight in beauty, art, children’s activities and a wealth of things to do. But add the 44th annual National Right to Life Convention to Louisville and you have a WIN/WIN situation! (For information, go to

On Wednesday evening, June 25, prior to the convention kick off on Thursday, attendees are invited to enjoy the Association for Interdisciplinary Research in Values and Social Change presentations. Dr. Byron C. Calhoun will address The Myth That Abortion is Safer than Childbirth; Dr. Priscilla Coleman will address The Relative Safety of Abortion versus Childbirth with a Focus on Psychological Morbidity and Mortality; and Dr. Donna Harrison will address the Mis-Use of the Concept of “Safe Abortion” in the International Debate over Women’s Health.

The convention kicks off on Thursday morning at 10 am with a General Session, “The REAL War on Women!” We are honored to have Ms. Kathryn Jean Lopez, of National Review Online; Dr. Jean Garton, cofounder and past President of Lutherans for Life, and Mrs. Joy Pinto, “At Home with Jim and Joy Pinto” of EWTN Global Catholic Radio. All three will contribute to our understanding of the REAL War on women.

We are thrilled to have O. Carter Snead, J.D., the Director of the Center for Ethics and Culture of the University of Notre Dame with us. Dr. Snead will speak on “The Lessons of Fetal Pain and the Duty to Protect Unborn Children” on Thursday afternoon.

His address will be followed by 18 separate workshops on all pro-life topics from A-Z. To end the first day, you will enjoy listening to Dr. Angela Lanfranchi of the Breast Cancer Institute address. An expert on the association between abortion and an increased risk of breast cancer, she will discuss, “What if ALL Women Knew ALL the Facts?!”

Friday we begin the day with a Prayer Breakfast featuring Dr. Alveeda King! The niece of Martin Luther King, Jr., she is sure to have words of great importance and tremendous inspiration. We will also welcome Jim and Joy Pinto of EWTN.

A General Session follows immediately featuring Wesley Smith, J.D. A convention favorite, Wesley will talk about all that is going on in the field of medical ethics. It’s a must attend.

After lunch, there will be 24 “break out” sessions. If you are interesting in a particular topic, you’ll be glad to know there are various special tracks to deepen and widen what you learn.

Friday evening offers a free night so you can step outside The Galt House and take in the beautiful view of the Ohio River and walk downtown for dinner, see the sights and relax.

Saturday opens bright and early with an old fashioned Political Rally that will get all of us ready for the tasks of winning for Life that is before us. Another 24 workshops will follow this session.

In addition to all of these sessions, we have a National Teens for Life Convention, dozens of pro-life exhibitors, Child Care and fun field trips for all the children and—seriously–something for everyone.

Will we see you there? Make plans now to be there. (You can find full details at go to

We promise to work as hard as we can to make sure this is a convention to remember. Come and join us…Stand for Life in Louisville, KY!

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