Thursday Afternoon at NRLC

Young Bridget Maloney eats lunch at NRLC 2010

After lunch yesterday, there were 4 rounds of workshops in the afternoon on every topic from assisted suicide to RU-486, givent by leaders in the pro-life movement including key staff of National Right to Life. A few attendee bloggers wrote about their experiences at those workshops (and have been liveblogging the convention in general.

NRLC Intern Sean McMahon sat down to share about his afternoon in the workshops:

What workshops did you attend?

I went to the RU-486 workshop by [NRLC Director of Education & Research] Randall K. O’Bannon, Ph.D. first. We reviewed women who used Twitter to record their RU-486 abortion.  The abortionists made all these claims – that they wouldn’t have to go into the hospital, there would be less pain with RU-486, etc – but this one girl tweeted for 14 days, and every day said it was almost over, but then the next there would be a tweet about “tons of bleeding, went through tons of pain.” She said that the doctors told her that RU-was a simple medication, something that was supposed to be painless. Dr. O’Bannon made the point that abortionists market RU 486 as being painless and easy, but women who take RU 486 describe the experience as awful.  He also reviewed deaths caused by the drug with a bottom line that RU 486 is not safe for women.

Then I attended a workshop by Olivia Gans with Mary Balch, called When They Say …You Say.  It was based on the principle that communication is 60 percent how you look – whether you’re smiling, your body language – 30 percent how you say something, and only 10 percent the actual words you use. Mary Balch discussed the five arguments abortion supporters will throw at you and how to respond to them. Then we discussed language, how to frame the issues with the words you use.

Are you attending any this afternoon?

I’m going to the one on eugenics. I’ll probably pick a different one that looks interesting in each time slot.

What was your favorite thing about yesterday’s workshops?

Olivia. The way she presented and the information showed that it’s so easy to use words to advance the pro-life cause.  Her workshop was kind of, “How To Be Pro-Life 101”.

Burke Balch teaches a Teens for Life workshop

Conference attendees sit in on workshops Thursday afternoon

Last evening’s general session featured Angela Franks, Ph.D., the author of Margaret Sanger’s Eugenic Legacy, who spoke on Planned Parenthood’s war on children.

Andy Moore live-blogged the session, following Franks’ argument:

“Planned Parenthood founder Margaret Sanger believed that children oppressed women – she called this “sex servitude” – women are oppressed by their fertility. She said, “The most far-reaching social development of modern times is the revolt of woman against sex-servitude.” She believed that women have a eugenic duty: “Within her is wrapped up the future of the race – it is hers to make or mar.”

Sanger had a naive belief in the promiscuous lifestyle – everyone will be more happy if they have more sex. This would result in a need to reduce population. New York City Planned Parenthood ran a fundraiser entitled “Summer, Sex and Spirits” at which free pole-dancing lessons were given out.

“For Planned Parenthood, pregnancy is the ultimate sexually transmitted disease.”

Also at the general session, NRLC Communications Director Derrick Jones, Wisconsin Teens for Life Director Joleigh Little, and National Teens for Life founders Jack St. Martin and Liz Cerkovich gave a special, hilarious presentation celebrating the 25th Anniversary of National Teens for Life. They told the story of how it all began, with a few students who banded together to protect their generation from abortion.

Teens for Life Co-Directors Joleigh Little and Derrick Jones

Author Angela Franks at the evening general session

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