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17 days and counting until the start of the 50th National Right to Life Convention in Herndon, Virginia

by | Jun 8, 2021

Rev. Gregory Seltz  will address Prayer Breakfast, Sen. Tom Cotton, will speak at Closing Banquet

By Dave Andrusko

Reverend Dr. Gregory P. Seltz

The deadline mentioned in the headline, referring to June 25, is very important but so, too, is the fact that Early Registration has been extended to June 21! Please go here to register.

We very much want you and your family and friends to attend the June 25-26 convention which will be held at the Hilton Washington Dulles hotel in Herndon, Virginia, near Dulles Airport.  2021 will be our 50thconvention! That is a special landmark for the nation’s oldest and most representative single-issue pro-life organization. 

An important addendum. You do not have to be registered for the convention to attend the special showing of the play “Viable,” along with a dinner that will begin at 6:30 Thursday, June 24. We’ve reviewed this powerful play here.

The featured speaker for the 7:30 am June 25 Prayer Breakfast that opens the convention on June 25th  is The Reverend Dr. Gregory P. Seltz.  Rev. Seltz is Executive Director of the Lutheran Center for Religious Liberty in Washington, D.C. 

Holly Gatling interviewed Rev. Seltz. If you take just a few minutes to read her story, you’ll know why being present for “Standing Up for Life Matters To and For Us All” is a must.

Tickets are just $35 each.  

Following the Prayer Breakfast, in Friday morning’s General Session, a panel of experts will discuss a multitude of crucial political and legal issues, including the Mississippi abortion case the Supreme Court has agreed to hear this fall. James Bopp, Jr., J.D. General Counsel for National Right to Life, will address the question, “Is this Case the First Step to Overturning Roe?”

On Friday evening, author, global speaker, and EWTN show host Patricia Sandoval will be our guest. Her testimony is a tremendous story of hope for this generation.  Maria V. Gallagher wrote about this remarkable woman for NRL News. As Maria explained, Patricia’s “powerful testimony is contained in the book Transfigured, a story of redemption following the profound despair of working in the abortion industry.” 

Eventually she found her way to a Rachel’s Vineyard retreat, which brought her to a place of healing and hope. The title of her Friday evening session is, appropriately, “Relentless.”  (Marie Gallagher is interviewing Patricia and her story will appear in NRL News Today next week.)

Day Two–Saturday morning, June 26– begins at 9 am with one of our favorite speakers, Wesley J. Smith, J.D., author, and one of the very few pro-life bioethicists. The title of his session is “There’s No Such Thing as ‘Just a Little’ Euthanasia,” an allusion to all the phony “safeguards” proponents pretend to offer. Holly Gatling’s interview with Wesley will also appear next week.

Wesley has written numerous books, several of them reviewed at NRL News, including “Culture of Death: The Assault on Medical Ethics in America.” In addition he has published hundreds of articles and opinion columns nationally and internationally on issues such as the importance of being human (human exceptionalism), assisted suicide, bioethics, the [im]morality of human cloning, legal ethics, medical ethics, and public affairs. 

You will not want to miss this!

Another general session focuses on APR—Abortion Pill Reversal–one of the most important new pro-life initiatives.  Dr. Matthew Harrison, who performed the first recorded abortion pill reversal, will speak at a General Session on Saturday, June 26.

Sen. Tom Cotton (R-Arkansas)

Closing the convention Saturday night is100% pro-life Senator Tom Cotton (R-Ark.)  After a clerkship with the U.S. Court of Appeals and private law practice, he left the law because of the September 11th attacks. Tom served nearly five years on active duty in the United States Army as an Infantry Officer. 

Sen. Cotton has spoken eloquently about the inalienable right to life, stating on many occasions that life begins at conception. In the February 2020 Senate debate over the Pain-Capable Unborn Child Protection Act, he told his colleague, “This week we have another choice to live up to our nation’s highest principle-that every person has the right to life-or stoop down to a narrow vision of humanity peddled by the abortion industry and its cronies.” 

But there is much more when you attend NRL 2021. There are 54 workshops on all the topics of interest to pro-lifers. 

And, as NRLC has for many years, there is also a separate National Right to Life Teens convention, along with Pro-Life Exhibits, and Childcare so your children have a great time while you are equipping yourself to go spread the word and the knowledge you have learned in your own city and state.  

Stay tuned. And there will be still more.  To keep on top of what to expect and to register, visit  for the latest information!  

We really hope to see you in Herndon, Virginia in just 17 days.

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