By Rai Rojas, Program Director, National Right to Life Academy
I hate mentioning it but she and her filibuster are germane to this post which explains how NRLC is raising up the next generation of pro-life leaders and how you can help us in this incredibly important task.
As a Texas State Senator, Wendy Davis prattled, blathered, and yammered for eleven hours defending the shredding of pain-capable babies during the later stages of pregnancy in abortion centers that weren’t required to meet minimal standards of care. Remember now?
She became a heroine of the progressive left, a goddess in the blood-spattered pantheon of abortion gods. Ms. Davis then ran a Clintonesque governor’s campaign notable only for its embarrassing shortcomings and overwhelming defeat.
Her filibuster did in fact “run the clock” on a good pro-life bill. But pro-life Governor Rick Perry called for a Special Session of the Texas State Legislature, and HB2 became law. Sadly, in another one of those head-scratching decisions, the United States Supreme Court struck those portions of HB2 that dealt with commonsense clinic regulations.
However, last year’s Supreme Court’s decision in Whole Woman’s Health v. Hellerstedt doesn’t diminish the efforts of the pro-life movement in Texas who worked their hearts off getting this law passed. (Pro-abortionists did not challenge the Pain-Capable Unborn Child Protection Act.) It was a Herculean effort in defense of life.
One of those pro-lifers who strategized, lobbied, and organized in Austin was John Seago, the Legislative Director for Texas Right to Life. John is an energetic, brilliant, young man who most recently was again instrumental in the passing the Dismemberment Abortion Ban in Texas. Here’s a quote from Mr. Seago:
“It’s official: The Dismemberment Abortion Ban is on its way to the Governor’s desk (as an amendment to SB8). This is a historical victory for the Pro-Life movement. A legally dynamic & prudent challenge to the core of Post-Roe abortion jurisprudence. While only one step in our long-term goal, we are celebrating that Texas will outlaw the gruesome and inhumane practice of taking the life a preborn child by removing its limbs.”
John isn’t just an asset to the pro-life movement. He is the movement’s future – as is Chelsea Shields.
Chelsea is also a Legislative Director for Wisconsin Right to Life. She testified before a legislative committee on Wisconsin’s Pain-Capable Unborn Child Protection Act, which ultimately passed and signed into law. If that weren’t enough, she also serves as Political Action Committee director for Wisconsin Right to Life.
She was instrumental in the organizing of Wisconsin pro-lifers in helping to get-out-the-vote in the 2016 Presidential and Senatorial races. Miss Shields and her team were hugely successful in their efforts and Wisconsin helped keep Hillary Clinton out of the White House and re-elected pro-life Republican Senator Ron Johnson.
Chelsea and John went to different Universities, they come from different parts of the country, and they have different fields of study. But what they do have in common is the National Right to Life Academy and a passion for saving lives.
The National Right to Life Academy is a five-week summer program held at NRLC’s DC headquarters. For a decade, NRLC has trained pro-life student activists, like John and Chelsea, to become effective advocates for life. In dozens of states, our Academy graduates are making positive, impactful change on behalf of our most vulnerable citizens.
During those five weeks, future pro-life leaders learn from experts in the pro-life movement on a variety of topics, including abortion, euthanasia, stem cell research, Planned Parenthood, legislative strategy, lobbying, politics, communication, grassroots organizing, social media and more. The Academy’s regimen, schedule, and curriculum are so rigorous that students can receive three college credits through the Franciscan University of Steubenville.
This year the Academy begins with an overall but complete immersion introduction of the pro-life movement at our 47th Annual National Right to Life Convention in Milwaukee. Students are then transported to our Headquarters in Washington DC for the remaining weeks.
Academic Director, Dr. Randy O’Bannon, Ph. D., has prepared a brilliant curriculum for the 2017 class. Great care has been taken to keep the very best from previous Academy’s, but we’ve also updated many sections to reflect the changing political and legislative landscape. The list of speakers, presenters and lecturers is as impressive as ever
We have worked very hard to maintain the cost for each student down. The $3,600 tuition covers registration and attendance at the National Right to Life Convention in Milwaukee where students will be receiving food vouchers while at the convention. Tuition also includes transportation from Milwaukee to our National Headquarters in Washington, D.C., and lodging for the remaining five weeks.
As you can imagine, there are a great many additional costs that NRLC absorbs to provide this invaluable training. And invaluable it is – John and Chelsea are but two of the many success stories we can share about our NRLC Academy graduates. More than 70 students have finished the academy, and many are currently contributing to the success of the pro-life movement in their states. They are the future of the pro-life movement, and the future is happening now.
Will you please assist National Right to Life to sustain the next class of pro-life leaders, like John Seago, who with training coupled with passion helped defeat not only a pro-abortion ideology but one of their pro-abortion idols?
You can do so by clicking the “Donate” button below.