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National Right to Life Annual Convention to be Held in Jacksonville, Florida

Contact: Derrick Jones, Communications Director, National Right to Life Committee, 202-626-8825, mediarelations@nrlc.org

JACKSONVILLE, Fla., June 8, 2011 /Christian Newswire/ -- National Right to Life's annual convention, "Bringing America Back to Life," will be held June 23-25, at the Hyatt Regency Jacksonville Riverfront in Jacksonville, Florida.  Below is information on speakers and major sessions to be held at the convention.

Reporters who intend to cover the convention MUST have credentials in order to attend the convention.  To register for credentials, please complete the registration form here, or call Jessica Rodgers in the NRLC Communications Department at (202) 626-8833.

This year's convention is hosted by National Right to Life's Florida affiliate, Florida Right to Life and features over 70 workshops and general sessions featuring expert speakers who will address the broad spectrum of pro-life issues.

Some convention highlights include:

  • The convention will begin with an informal breakfast briefing for reporters by key NRLC leaders.  The briefing will be held Thursday, June 23 at 8:30 am. Please indicate on the media registration form if you will be attending this briefing.
  • The convention kicks off with an opening general session featuring Fred Barnes, executive editor of The Weekly Standard and Fox News Channel contributor..  NRLC President Carol Tobias and Florida Right to Life National Director and NRLC Vice-Chairwoman Hon. Lynda Bell will provide opening remarks.  The session will also feature a tribute to former NRLC President Dr. Mildred F. Jefferson.
  • On Thursday afternoon, the convention will examine "Planned Parenthood: The Hyper-Political, Under-Regulated, Out-of-Control Mega-Marketer of Abortion."  The session features Abby Johnson, a former Planned Parenthood director as well as NRLC experts Randall K. O'Bannon, Ph.D., director of education and research and Mary Spaulding Balch, J.D., director of state legislation. 

  • Abortion survivor Melissa Ohden will address the annual National Right to Life Prayer Breakfast on Friday morning. The Most Revered Felipe Estevez, the recently installed Bishop of St. Augustine, will also make remarks.
  • Also Friday morning, National Right to Life will host a Republican Presidential Candidate Forum. 
  • On Saturday, the siblings of Terri Schindler Schiavo, Bobby Schindler and Suzanne Schindler Vitadamo along with Burke Balch, J.D., director of National Right to Life's Robert Powell Center for Medical Ethics, will discuss the current state of health care in America in the aftermath of the Obama Health Care law.
  • Photojournalist Michael Clancy who is best known for his photo of Samuel Armas reaching out from his mother's womb during an in-utero surgery, will discuss the impact of that photo on his life at the convention's closing banquet Saturday night.

Recording artist Jaime Thietten will also be on hand throughout the convention providing special music for the annual Prayer Breakfast and closing banquet.  Mrs. Thietten is dedicated to using her career to advance a life-affirming message.

In addition, National Teens for Life (NTL) will hold its 26th annual convention concurrently with NRLC 2011.  The NTL convention will feature workshops and sessions geared toward educating and activating the next generation of pro-life activists.

For more information, please call the Communications Department at (202) 626-8825.  I look forward to seeing you at this year's convention.


National Right to Life Convention 2011
June 23-25 -- Jacksonville, Florida -- Hyatt Regency Jacksonville Riverfront
"Bringing America Back to Life!"

--  Major Sessions  --

    Thursday, June 23, 2011

    10:00 - 11:30 am
    Opening General Session & Welcome
    "Bringing America Back to Life!"
    Fred Barnes, Executive Editor The Weekly Standard and FoxNews Contributor
    Carol Tobias, NRLC President
    Hon. Lynda Bell, NRLC Vice-Chairman of the Board
    Special Tribute to Dr. Mildred Jefferson, former NRLC President

    12:45 - 2:15 pm
    General Session
    "Planned Parenthood: The Hyper-Political, Under-Regulated, Out-of-Control Mega-Marketer of Abortion"
    Abby Johnson, former Planned Parenthood Director
    Randall K. O'Bannon, Ph.D., NRLC Director of Education and Research
    Mary Spaulding Balch, J.D., NRLC Director of State Legislation
    M.C. - Reverend Dennis C. Day, NRLC Treasurer

    Friday, June 24, 2011

    7:30  - 9:00 am 
    Prayer Breakfast 
    "The Apathy is Killing Me!"
    Melissa Ohden, abortion survivor
    Bishop Felipe Estevez, Diocese of St. Augustine
    Music by recording artist Jaime Thietten
    M.C -  Ernest L. Ohlhoff, NRLC Director of Outreach

    9:30  - 11:30 am           
    NRLC Republican Presidential Candidate Forum
    Carol Tobias, NRLC President
    David O'Steen, Ph.D., NRLC Executive Director
    M.C. -- Darla St. Martin, NRLC Co- Executive Director
    Confirmed: Herman Cain, Hon. Rick Santorum, Hon. Ron Paul 

    Saturday, June 25, 2011

    9:30 - 11:00 am
    General Session   
    "The Debate Over Health Care"
    Bobby Schindler, Terri Schiavo Life & Hope Network
    Suzanne Schindler VItadamo, Terri Schiavo Life & Hope Network
    Burke Balch, J.D., Director, NRLC Robert Powell Center for Medical Ethics
    M.C. -- David N. O'Steen, Ph.D., NRLC Executive Director

    8:00 - 11:00 pm
    Closing Banquet
    "In the Blink of an Eye -- How One Photo Changed the Abortion Debate"
    Michael Clancy, Photojournalist
    M.C. -- Hon. Geline B. Williams, NRLC Chairman of the Board
    Music by recording artist Jaime Thietten

Media registration form for the National Right to Life Convention can be accessed here: