By Karen Cross, National Right to Life Political Director
In the five weeks they will attend the 2017 NRLC Academy this summer, there is virtually no component of how to be an effective pro-life advocate students will not learn–over and over and over again.
That includes such real-life scenarios as waiting by the elevator for Raimundo Rojas, director of Latino Outreach for National Right to Life – the “Congressman” they are to lobby in favor of a ban on dismemberment abortions. That is, in fact, how pro-lifers often grab a busy congressman’s attention.
This is part of what the Academy calls its “practicum” –putting into practice the theory behind a given activity.
Their encounter with “Congressman Rojas” followed an intensive three-hour course taught by Ingrid Duran, the director of National Right to Life’s he State Legislative Department.
“The Legislative team at NRLC has provided instructional materials to the academy students in order to understand the tenets of the legislative process and how crucial grassroots lobbying is to the right to life issue,” Duran told NRL News Today.
“By the end of their training, academy students will be able to effectively lobby their leaders on life issues such as the Unborn Child Protection from Dismemberment Abortion, Pain-Capable Unborn Child Protection Act, and a wide variety of pro-life laws that are legislative priorities for NRLC,” Duran added. “The students will also be prepared to respond to pro-abortion arguments to these vital pieces of legislation.”
The Academy is an accredited course in which students receive three college credits through the Franciscan University of Steubenville.
Students hear from a variety of experts in the pro-life movement on topics including the history of the pro-life movement, pro-life bioethics, legislation and lobbying, political action, post-abortion syndrome, communication and social media and much more.
The Academy began on June 29, at the 47th Annual National Right to Life Convention in Milwaukee where students were immediately immersed into all aspects of the movement. They are continuing their education at the National Right to Life headquarters in Washington, D.C. until its completion on August 4.
The Academy is an excellent resource for students wishing to be active in the pro-life movement, whether seeking a job or wanting to volunteer. Many past Academy students are currently serving in various capacities across the country. Some have been employed by National Right to Life, employed by NRL state affiliates, and others serve on right to life boards or as chapter leaders. In fact, many NRL state affiliates look to Academy students when job openings occur, as they are bright and committed to the pro-life cause.