Those who attended the Convention were delighted with what they learned and with the chance to exchange ideas.
Prof. Michael New proved beyond a statistical doubt that state laws and other efforts by state organizations have dramatically cut the number of abortions, thus saving many babies.
Two-parent parental consent laws (not just notification or one parent) cut the number of abortions by 31%! His talk was full of gems like that.
Nancy Valko, RN shared many of her personal and professional experiences. One thing that stood out was that, when Nancy operated on principle for a family member or patient, the result was that many of her colleagues changed their minds and started advocating properly.
Dr Mark Rollo shared the facts which show that NaproTechnology, besides being moral, natural, and safe for baby and mother is also as successful or more successful than in vitro fertilization. We must work to get the word out about this "miracle"
After lunch, we started something new. Conventioneers who wanted more from one of the speakers had the opportunity to sit down and interact, question, etc. It was marvelous. The problem was choosing which speaker (s) to sit with.
Linda Thayer, as usual, is a huge draw. She talked about Frameworks legislation and presented her newest program. People were coming up to tell me they want to have her come to their towns.
Usually, by the end of the day, people are getting restless and eat lots of cookies and soft drinks. On Saturday we has dozens of each left over because people were mesmerized and didn't even think of getting up.
Topping off the wonderful speakers was Colleen Janz, Executive Director of the Susan B Anthony Birthplace Museum, who came with her traveling wall. Colleen didn't give a presentation, she gave a performance. She made the life and times of Anthony and her fellow "suffragists", particularly their pro-life position on abortion, come alive.
It was fun to see Eric Anthony, a collateral descendent, in the audience.
I want to extend a huge thanks to St Sebastian School who lent us their beautiful facilities and resources.
We are so lucky that wonderful speakers and locations are so committed to the issue of life that they will share with us. The pictures and videos will be available shortly - I'll let you know.