From its impressive first formal convention in St. Paul, Minnesota, in 1971, the NRL Convention has continued to be the premier pro-life educational event of the premier pro-life organization in the world. NRL Conventions have always offered workshops and extraordinary general sessions featuring pro-life leaders, from the incomparable Mother Teresa to journalists such as Paul Greenberg and Fred Barnes to political leaders such as House Speaker John Boehner and Kansas Gov. Sam Brownback.
The convention is geared to meeting the needs of those who have worked in the pro-life movement since the very beginning as well as for those who are new to the struggle. Its organizing principle is to provide the tools and resources— workshops, exhibits, general sessions— the individual prolifer needs to better conduct the work of the pro-life movement through chapters in all 50 states.
Over three days, pro-life leaders on politics, stem cell research, the denial of life saving treatment, polling, population control and many, many other issues of the day address the attendees at four to five general sessions, as well as at a Prayer Breakfast and closing Banquet. Throughout those three days people can choose from over 70 workshops which go into detail on a wide range of topics.
Most of all the focus of the 2014 Convention will be on equipping attendees to fight back against the most pro-abortion president in our history, and most particularly against ObamaCare. Pres. Barack Obama’s continued assault on unborn babies will be outlined, analyzed, and critiqued. The rationing components of his health care “reform” bill will be carefully explained and strategies in response will be detailed. At the same time, we know that pro-lifers have been busier than ever in the state legislatures, moving forward and in many cases passing protective legislation. Attendees will learn how that was accomplished.
NRL Conventions have worked hard to bring in and support the the growing percentage of young people who identify themselves as pro-life. Since 1986 the NRL Convention has included several workshops and general sessions geared exclusively to, and often led by, teens and college students. The conventions pulsate with the energy of youth ready to champion the pro-life cause into the next generation. NRL Conventions continues to place great emphasis on the fastest-growing constituency of the pro-life movement: the youth of this country.
National Right to Life’s annual convention has been blessed by the appearances of wonderful speakers, including Steven Mosher, Msgr. James Lisante, Wesley Smith, Mother Teresa, Rep. Chris Smith, David Prentice, Kellyanne Conway, Jennifer O’Neill, the parents and brother and sister of Terri Schindler Schiavo, Richard Doerflinger, John Cardinal O’Connor, Dr. Richard Land, Fr. Richard John Neuhaus, Joni Eareckson Tada, to name just a few. We know that you will carry unforgettable memories back home with you.