By Dave Andrusko
Editor’s note. This appears in the February edition of National Right to Life News. Please share this story and all other with your pro-life family and friends.
If you are like me (and a lot of other people, I suspect), your schedule is so packed you must make plans way ahead of time. With that in mind, please consider registering to attend the 50th annual National Right to Life Convention which is in Herndon, Virginia, and will take place Friday June 26 and Saturday June 27.
For information about the convention, please go to http://nrlconvention.com.
Last week I sat down with Jacki Ragan, who, among all the other responsibilities she handles so adroitly, is the Convention Director. She reminded me from the very beginning that while the annual convention is always the pro-life educational event of the year, 2020 has a special symbolic and substantive importance.
“Two days after the Supreme Court handed down its Roe v. Wade decision, the New York Times announced it was time for pro-lifers to fold their tents and go home,” Ragan said. The exact quote from the editorial reads, “The Courts seven-to-two ruling could bring to an end the emotional and divisive public argument over what always should have been an intensely private and personal matter. It will end the argument if those who are now inveighing against the decision as a threat to civilization’s survival will pause long enough to recognize the limits of what the Court has done.”
Ragan’s response? “It’s 47 years later and we are still here. We wish we didn’t have to be, but until we restore legal protection to unborn babies, we will work day and night to create a culture that welcomes unborn babies and assists their mothers.”
What makes this convention different, I asked?
“We are meeting only a few miles from our nation’s capital—where the Supreme Court made its disastrous decision which we pray someday soon they will reverse.”
“In the last year, the Democrats have just lost their minds on abortion,” Jacki said. “It started with New York but other Democrat-controlled states have passed the same abortion-until-birth laws and removed protections for abortion survivors.” What this means, she said, “is that you have the starkest contrast on abortion we have ever seen.”
We talked about Melissa Ohden’s Abortion Survivors Network, which brings together people that Democrats insist don’t exist—women and men who survived late-term abortions. (Within an hour of the time I spoke with Jacki I exchanged emails with Melissa who told me she had just spent the day working with another abortion survivor.)
“It has to be so frustrating,” Jacki told me, “almost humiliating. They call you a liar for telling the truth—a very ‘inconvenient truth’ for pro-abortionists.”
As Jacki concluded her look forward to the 50th annual National Right to Life Convention, she emphasized the enormity of what is at stake come this November.
“We must re-elect pro-life President Trump, maintain control of the Senate, and do everything possible to take the House back from Nancy Pelosi and her pro-abortion companions,” Jacki said. “The convention will help jump-start that all-out campaign, and I hope to see a great turnout of pro-lifers.”