NRLC 2018 shows how we “Love Them All

By Dave Andrusko

Editor’s note. This story appeared on page one of the July edition of National Right to Life News. We trust you are reading the entire 41-page issue and forwarding stories to your pro-life friends and family. Please get to me with any comments at daveandrusko@gmail.com.

(Left to right) Ben Clapper, David N. O’Steen, Ph.D., Carol Tobias, Karen Cross, and Darla St. Martin

From the opening general session on Thursday morning to the closing Banquet Saturday evening, attendees to NRLC 2018 were treated to a demonstration of the depth, width, and breadth of pro-life expertise.

The three-day convention in Overland, Kansas, lived up to the reputation of NRLC’s annual three-day convention as the pro-life educational gathering of the year.

National Right to Life President Carol Tobias set the tone with her opening remarks. “Our convention theme is Love Them all,’” she said.

“We love the unborn babies. We love the mothers who are facing a difficult time in their lives and need our support. We love the fathers who have no legal recourse to protect their child and suffer the loss of that child. We love the elderly and those with disabilities whose lives are threatened by assisted suicide and other forms of euthanasia.

“And yes, we love those who do harm to all these precious human beings. We encourage them to walk away from death and darkness; we hope they will join us fighting to protect life.”

Carol Tobias, NRLC President, Archbishop Joseph Naumann, NRLC’s Director of Outreach Ernie Ohlhoff, and EWTN President Doug Keck.
Photo: Lisa Andrusko

We will find ways at this convention, she promised, to “Love them all.”

In the opening general session, Dr. George Delgado, medical Director of Abortion Pill Reversal and Culture of Life Family Services, offered a terrific overview of the mounting evidence that Abortion Pill Reversal (APR) is safe, effective, and appreciated by women who have changed their mind in the course of undergoing a chemical abortion.

The promise of APR is that as many as 68% of the women who do not take the second drug carry their babies to term. These are in a real sense “abortion survivors.”

So, too, in a different way are Sarah Zagorski, Dan Compton, and Melissa Ohden, who spoke at “The Human Face of Abortion” General Session later on Thursday. Their stories were riveting and illustrated that while not common, there are abortion survivors whose living testimonies often leave pro-abortionists speechless.

Mary Kay Culp,executive director of Kansans for Life, and author Sue Ellen Browder
Photo credit: Lisa Andrusko

There was much encouraging news about the movie that’s been made about convicted abortionist Kermit Gosnell—“Gosnell: The Trial of America’s biggest serial murder.” The film does have a distributor, we learned from Executive Producer John Sullivan, and the goal is to be in theatres this coming October. Stay tuned to NRL News and NRL News Today for further information about dates and locations.

In addition to fellowship and camaraderie, which are key to all successful gatherings, during the course of the convention attendees were the recipients of a crash course in everything from the 2018 off-year-election, to raising funds for local and state right to life groups, to Planned Parenthood’s tentacles of death, to a history of China’s “One-Child” policy which China is moderating slightly in light of the disastrous impact on the culture, and everything in between.

A wonderful convention. Next week we will be posting information about how you can order convention CDs and MP3s.

Be sure to order them. It’s the next best thing to being there.