By Dave Andrusko
It’s now April 22, the day after Easter. Believe it or not, we are only 74 days away from the beginning of the much-anticipated National Right to Life Convention to be held July 5-6 in Charleston, South Carolina. Click here to register for the pro-life educational event of the year.
To make it easier for more people to attend the entire convention, the annual gathering of the pro-life family will be two days long. You will have your choice of 48 workshops in addition to general sessions, a luncheon, and the Saturday night closing banquet.
We will be updating you on an ongoing basis, beginning today. Below you will see just four of the featured speakers.
Ashley Bratcher stars as Abby Johnson in the highly anticipated film “Unplanned,” the true story of Johnson’s inspiring transformation from Planned Parenthood clinic director to pro-life activist. Ashley was born and raised in a small southern town in eastern North Carolina and began her acting career on the stage at the age of 16. She later attended Campbell University, where she graduated with honors and then worked briefly as a middle school teacher before finding success as a working actress. Bratcher’s commitment to stories of hope has garnered her recognition as a name talent in uplifting and redemptive films.
What is it like for a young pregnant mother to enter an abortion facility? To be escorted past pro-life protesters, and make it all the way to the procedure room where she meets the abortionist? To have a change of heart, get off the procedure table, and walk out?
What would it be like to meet her son 19 years after that fateful day? And how could her story change how we tell the pro-life narrative
Melissa Coles is the birth mother of the short documentary “I Lived on Parker Avenue” about a mother’s agony in choosing what’s best, the joy of a couple starting a family, and young man’s search for where his life began.
Melissa Ohden is the survivor of a failed saline infusion abortion in 1977. Despite the initial concerns regarding Melissa’s future after surviving the attempt to end her life at approximately seven months gestation, she not only survived but has thrived. With a master’s degree in social work, she has worked in the fields of substance abuse, mental health, domestic violence and sexual assault counseling, and child welfare. Melissa was formerly a college outreach speaker with Feminists for Life and is the former Patron of Real Choices Australia. She has testified before the U.S. House of Representatives and Senate and before the Australian Parliament. Melissa is on the board of directors for the Vitae Foundation, a national organization which uses media to advance a culture of life. In 2012, Melissa founded The Abortion Survivors Network (ASN). ASN seeks to educate the public about failed abortions and survivors while providing emotional, mental and spiritual support to abortion survivors. Since ASN’s inception, Melissa has been in contact with over 249 survivors. Melissa is the author of the award-winning book, You Carried Me, A Daughter’s Memoir, which was released in January of 2017.
WESLEY SMITH, J.D.
Wesley J. Smith, J.D., is an award-winning author, an internationally renowned speaker, and a Senior Fellow at the Discovery Institute’s Center on Human Exceptionalism. He is also a consultant to the Patients Rights Council. In 2008, the Human Life Foundation named him a Great Defender of Life for his work against assisted suicide and euthanasia.
His Human Exceptionalism blog, hosted by National Review Online, is one of the premier blogs dealing with human life and dignity.