We’re barreling through the first morning of the National Right to Life Convention here in Pittsburgh, and everything has gotten off to a great start.
The attendees registered early this morning and made their way through the convention booths and into the morning’s general session, where Steven Mosher, the president of the Population Research Institute, spoke about the expanding practice of sex-selection abortion worldwide. He described the way that global prejudice against female children drives sex selection, devaluing women.
“The practice of sex selection is demeaning to women and girls in every case around the world,” Mosher said. He argued that this devaluing of women increases global sex trafficking, and causes an increased male population to seek surrogate families in gangs or the military.
“This is not just a problem in India, China, or Korea,” he said, “This trend is absolutely coming to the west.” He cited studies showing that (mostly immigrant) communities in the United States show a disparate proportion of male children, hinting at the practice of using legalized abortion in the United States to choose a child’s sex.
Meanwhile, the Teens for Life kicked off their 25th Annual National convention with their own general session with Becky Miller, the education coordinator for Rhode Island Right to Life, who led the teens through a information scavenger hunt, where they traveled to different themed stations and researched the answers to questions on pro-life topics.
Here in the press room we’re working on collecting pictures from our photographers to feature on the blog. Stay tuned for those photos and the broadcast of this morning’s session at 9 p.m.!