Enthusiastic right-to-lifers from around the state attended the 2010 Wisconsin Right to Life convention held in Stevens Point, Wisconsin on April 17.
Congressional candidate Sean Duffy delighted the crowd with his presence. Duffy is attracting nationwide attention as a viable opponent to Rep. David Obey, Chairman of the House Appropriations Committee and one of Speaker Nancy Pelosi’s most loyal lieutenants.
Also on hand and participating in a spellbinding forum were Republican gubernatorial candidates Scott Walker and Mark Neumann. They did not disappoint the 300 attendees who listened with rapt attention to comments on their personal lives, why they are running, what they intend to do as Governor, and, most importantly, their longstanding commitment and leadership on right-to-life initiatives in the state and in Congress.
Alex Schadenberg of the Canadian Euthanasia Prevention Coalition described the horrors of euthanasia and assisted suicide which are thriving, especially in Europe. Schadenberg predicted that a bill to legalize assisted suicide and euthanasia in Canada and allow other people to travel to Canada to be killed would be defeated.
Angela Franks, a professor at St. John’s Seminary in Boston, spoke of the founding of Planned Parenthood (PP) by Margaret Sanger based on her eugenics philosophy. Dr. Franks dissected and exposed Planned Parenthood’s agenda as the nation’s largest abortion provider and PP’s positioning of its offices and abortion clinics in minority communities. Featured was a Live Action video of a Planned Parenthood counselor “selling” an abortion to a young pregnant woman in a Milwaukee Planned Parenthood family planning office.
Karen Cross, National Right to Life Political Director, described the opportunities in 2010 to make significant changes in the makeup of Congress and the need to persevere.
Melissa Ohden gave a moving presentation about her survival from an attempted saline abortion 33 years ago. Ohden refused to die, even though the attempted abortion went on for five days. Believed dead when she was finally delivered, her movements prompted medical personnel to valiantly work to save her young life.
Almost half of the convention attendees were tweens, teens and college students. These young people are an integral part of the work of Wisconsin Right to Life and are growing in number giving great hope for a bright future for right-to-life efforts.