National Right to Life training leaders for life

NRL Academy is well underway

By Karen Cross, National Right to Life Political Director

The National Right to Life halls are alive with the sound of students! Every year for more than a decade, pro-life students attending the National Right to Life Academy grace our halls and liven up our lives.

The 11th National Right to Life Academy, a five-week summer program, is already fully underway. 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 ranging from the history of the pro-life movement, pro-life bioethics, legislation and lobbying, political action, post-abortion syndrome, to communication and social media. And much more.

“I had taught some Academy classes in years past, but this was the first year that I really got a chance to see just how deep and comprehensive our training program is,” said Dr. Randall K. O’Bannon, National Right to Life Academy Director.

“We’ve spent a great deal of time not only discussing pro-life political action and the latest legislation, but have also devoted considerable attention to our history and to the biological and ethical background that undergirds our movement,” he added. “These young people are going to come out of this course not just prepared to talk about our issues but to make a difference!”

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.

“I am very impressed with the quality of our students, with their intelligence, their drive, and their dedication,” O’Bannon concluded.