8 – 11:00 pm
Annual Meeting of the Association for Interdisciplinary Research in Values and Social Change
“Abortion and Rape: The Medical Facts”
with Donna Harrison, M.D.,
Obstetrics and Gynecology, Executive Director and Director of Research and Public Policy, American Association of Pro-Life Obstetricians and Gynecologists (AAPLOG)
“Putting a Human Face on the Issue of Rape”
with Ryan Bomberger,
Co-Founder and Chief Creative Officer of The Radiance Foundation
“The Psychological Impact of Abortion on Women who have Abortions due to Hard Cases”
with Wanda Franz, Ph.D.,
Developmental Psychologist, Professor Emeritus of Child Development at West Virginia University
“The Argument for the Right to Life vs. Abortion in Cases of Rape”
with Rebekah Berg, B.S.,
Exercise Physiology, Victim of Rape
M.C.: Wanda Franz, Ph.D., President, Association for Interdisciplinary Research in Values and Social Change
The Program is Free and Refreshments will be served at 10 p.m.
10 – 11:30 AM – Opening General Session
“Created Equal: Our Duty to Protect Innocent Human Life”
with O. Carter Snead, JD
11:30 AM – 12:45 PM – Lunch [on your own]
12:45 – 2:15 PM – Afternoon General Session
”The Danger of an ‘Undignified Bioethics’”
with Wesley J. Smith, JD
with introductory remarks from
Texas Attorney General Greg Abbott
2:30 – 3:45 PM – Workshops
Taking Advantage of the WWW to Attract New Members and Inform the Public on Right to Life Issues
with Leo LaLonde
If you want to attract the thirty something crowd to your organization the best way to do that is through your Website. The younger generation looks to the World Wide Web for their information and you have an opportunity to provide what they need on the life issues. The thirty something crowd have high standards when it comes to Websites. If you can’t make a good first impression, they will leave and probably never return. Therefore, appearance, content, and navigation are all very important. Many of the Right to Life Websites have not been upgraded in years and a few states have no Website. The building and maintenance of Right to Life Websites will be discussed as well as ways to improve them.
The Social Injustice of Abortion
with Ryan Bomberger
Despite our culture’s embrace of “social justice”, the decimation of abortion is regularly ignored, especially as it impacts the black community. Ryan Bomberger, Chief Creative Officer of The Radiance Foundation and creator of TooManyAborted.Com, talks about the human rights issue of our day and how to connect it with the rich history of civil rights in America.
Fund-Raising: Direct Mail, Telemarketing, and Prospecting ~ The Importance of Growing Your Base of Support
with Don Parker, Kevin Allen, Roger Stenson
Speakers will provide information on the three key areas of fund-raising in general and offer specific ideas and techniques on building a strong, firm base of support for the Right to Life movement. Proven ways of maximizing your fund-raising efforts and the best methods for finding new donors will be discussed.
Is Doctor Prescribed Suicide Coming to Your State Next?
with Tim Rosales, Mary Hahn Beerworth, Jennifer Popik, J.D.
While assisted suicide is legal in only Oregon, Washington, and possibly Montana, the threat of assisted suicide coming to your state remains high. With battles raging in several states, two states with recent fights on PAS will discuss their experiences. This workshop will give back ground and break open the myths surrounding physician assisted suicide. This session will discuss the current legal and legislative landscape, describe some different kinds of successful winning and losing strategies, and talk about what you can do in your own state. It is more important now than ever that physician assisted suicide be stopped in its tracks.
Developments in Campaign Finance
with James Bopp, Jr., J.D.
Mr. Bopp will discuss recent federal and state campaign finance law developments after the 2010 Supreme Court case Citizens United v F E C. In addition, he will discuss the importance of judicial elections to the pro-life movement, the First Amendment protections for judicial candidates in judicial elections, and recent developments regarding regulation of robo calls for political purposes.
Surviving Unplanned Pregnancies
with Lynda Bell, Ingrid Duran
A mother whose teen-age daughter unexpectedly became pregnant band a young mother who experienced teen-age pregnancy will tell their stories. Learn from each of these two unique perspectives in this workshop. Don’t miss this riveting session that deals with the importance of parental involvement in an abortion decision.
Children First! How School-Based Clinics Target the Young
with Mike Spence
Attendees will learn the newest implications of School Based health Clinics from secret abortions to the implementation of Obamacare. You will learn what you need to know and how to fight it. With almost 6 million children enrolled in public schools this is a must attend workshop.
4 – 5 PM – Workshops
Using Effective Public Speaking to Inform the Public and Expand Your Base
with Leo LaLonde
How did you become active in the right to life movement? You may have answers but 90% of the time it was because of someone who made an effective presentation. In this workshop we will discuss key points for speakers and ways to make effective presentations. We will show you how you can use multimedia presentations to underscore your words and how advance preparation makes it all easy.
People as the First Principle: Challenging the Foundations of the Green Establishment
with Robert Gordon
The modern environmental movement is built in part on the notion that humans are a blight upon nature. We must mount a challenge against the left’s anti-human world view in a principled manner. The very first principle of such a challenge is that people are important, precious and unique. Consequently, an environmental policy that is not good for people, is not a good environmental policy. This first principle and seven more, provide for a well- grounded environmental vision consistent with individual liberty and limited government.
Margaret Sanger and Planned Parenthood ~ The Eugenics Connection
with Angela Franks, Ph.D.
This workshop will address the history of Planned Parenthood, going back to its founder. Topics will include Sanger’s position on eugenics, the Institutionalization of these ideas in Planned Parenthood and population control movements, and the continuation of eugenic ideas today.
Pity the Post-Abortion Man: The Invalidation of Male Trauma in Our Culture
with Greg Hasek
Marriage and Family Therapist Greg Hasek will explain the hidden effects of abortion on men. He will attempt to reframe how men are viewed in both the effect and the abortion decision, through a trauma lens. In addition he will discuss the challenges of viewing men as victims of trauma in our culture. He will share the “crazy cycle” of invalidation that seems to create the very thing that culture complains about in men. He will also offer suggestions of what would need to happen in the socialization process of males in order to allow themselves to first have pain and then seek help for that pain. Finally he offers a radical theory of ending abortion in our country through the lens of psychological theory with trauma between the genders as the client.
Grassroots Action: The Key to Pro-Life Success
with Mary Balch, J.D., Elizabeth Graham
This workshop examines the positive effect you can have on the legislative process if you know what to do, when to do it, and how to respond. You will be given some simple tools to be an effective grassroots lobbyist. Topics include the do’s and don’ts of lobbying and the vital need for effective grassroots lobbying to pass protective pro-life legislation.
Dying of Thirst! Medicine’s Intentional Killing Through Dehydration, and How to Protect the Vulnerable
with Brian Johnston
Throughout the nation, tens of thousands of vulnerable patients are at immediate risk of euthanasia by intentional neglect. The procedure is simple and “effective” and its results are always the same ~ death. But death is not due to an underlying illness or disease. It is not the result of withdrawing extraordinary care and treatment such that the patient succumbs to the ravages of the underlying illness. It is death by withdrawal of all sustenance – food and water – from the medically dependent patient. It is not accidental, it is not “nature taking its course.” It is intentional neglect and it is intentionally lethal. What can be done to protect you and your loved ones? How can you equip others to understand and take positive action in this era of Health Care Reform and cost-cutting?
The Escalating Struggle at the UN to Prevent Establishment of Abortion as a Fundamental Human Right Worldwide
with Jeanne E. Head, R.N., Raimundo Rojas
Jeanne E. Head, NRLC’s Representative to the United Nations, and Rai Rojas, member of the NRLC Board of Directors and Director of Latino Outreach, will describe the ongoing battles in NY to prevent the establishment of Abortion as a fundamental human right worldwide and, in particular, the increasing threats to the unborn in the Latin American countries.
5:15 – 6:15 PM – Workshops
New Chapter Activities with a Focus on Getting and Using Volunteers
with Luis Zaffirini, Jonathan Rogers, Andrew Bair
This session will involve a discussion of a new activity called “Night for Life” for pro-life young professionals (there will be a demonstration on how to run the event on Thursday evening). It’s a great way to identify and educate young pro-lifers using an enjoyable evening of socializing with your peers. This session will also discuss the need for recruiting volunteers for specific tasks that will arise down the road. Having people firmly committed and lined up well in advance, having a plan in place, including back up volunteers will help ensure that your efforts will pay off for the unborn.
Fighting Goliath: How to Take Aim at Planned Parenthood
with Angela Franks, Ph.D.
Are pro-lifers helpless against the abortion giant Planned Parenthood? Planned Parenthood infiltrates our communities by relying on its unearned respectability. Pro-lifers can be successful Davids by showing the world Planned Parenthood’s true face. The workshop will give peaceful and effective strategies for educating your communtiy about the nation’s largest abortion chain.
Communications 101: Establishing, Building, and Improving Communications Skills with the Press
with Michele Allen, Derrick Jones
Many, if not most journalists don’t understand the pro-life movement. As a result, they can develop misconceptions about our efforts to save lives. However, with a little bit of effort, pro-lifers can effectively change those misconceptions and enhance a journalist’s understanding of the pro-life issues. In addition to the “nuts and bolts” needed for effective press outreach, this workshop will give you practical ways to encourage the press to give more balanced coverage of the pro-life issues, as well as tips on how to build good working relationships with members of the media.
The Battle to Defend and Protect All Innocent Human Life World Wide ~ The Successes and Challenges
with Jeanne E. Head, R.N., Wayne Cockfield
Jeanne E. Head, NRLC’s Representative to the United Nations and Wayne Cockfield, member of the NRLC Board of Directors and Executive Committee, will describe the major successes at the UN and the significance of the UN Treaties such as the Disability Convention (Treaty) and the passage of the historic UN Declaration calling on member states to ban all forms of human cloning.
By The Numbers: Understanding Abortion Polls
with David N. O’Steen, Ph.D.
If you get confused with the ever-growing number of polls on the abortion issue and want to know and understand exactly what they mean, this session is for you! Dr. O’Steen will explain the importance of understanding how to read polls on the abortion and euthanasia issues, the necessity of correctly phrasing the question asked in a poll, and how to better understand polling results.
A New Birth of Freedom: Pro-Life Conversion and American Liberty
with J. David Franks, Ph.D.
How did a nation founded on the Declaration of Independence produce Kermit Gosnell? What has so corrupted American liberty that it could give rise to the horrors of the culture of death? A kingdom of life and love requires conversion of hearts, starting with my own. We must be dedicated to the memory of the victims: to really see the victim, in their naked cry, “Don’t kill me!” That cry must permeate our lives more and more. I see the victim: I must change my life. And solidary love requires that I help everyone else see this most urgent truth. In our consumerist culture, desires are not cultivated towards the transcendence of self-gift, but are reflected back upon ourselves. This secularist/libertarian/pro-choice deformation of desire gives rise to abortion and euthanasia. Self-gift requires the setting aflame of desire in virtue. Free government requires self-government. Lincoln spoke of a nation conceived in liberty. From such a conception, and with the memory of the dead in our hearts, must there not be a “new birth of freedom”? The future of American liberty hinges on virtue, on pro-life conversion: starting with each of us, and radiating through the whole body politic.
6:30 – 8 PM – Dinner [on your own]
8 – 10 PM – Evening General Session
“Not Perfect, But Worth It!”
with Chet McDoniel