National Right to Life convention set for June 26-28

Pro-lifers from around the nation are expected to gather in Louisville June 26-28 for the National Right to Life Convention.

More than 70 workshops, training opportunities and time for networking will be offered during the three-day event at the Galt House Hotel, 140 N. Fourth St., according to the convention’s website, The convention also will include programming for teenagers, called LIFECAMP.

Archbishop Joseph E. Kurtz is scheduled to attend the convention’s closing banquet on June 28. He will deliver the prayer and may give a short talk, said Ed Harpring, coordinator of pro-life ministries for the Archdiocese of Louisville.

Harpring said the workshops will focus on education and will address a variety of subjects, including abortion, euthanasia, Down syndrome and stem-cell research.

The schedule, published on the convention website, lists a variety of general sessions for convention attendees in addition to the many workshops. A sampling of these sessions follows (for a full schedule, visit the website):

June 26 — A panel discussion with columnist Kathryn Jean Lopez, Dr. Jean Garton and Joy Pinto on “The REAL War on Women” will be held from 10 a.m. to 11:30 a.m.

The afternoon session, from 12:45 p.m. to 2:15 p.m., will feature O. Carter Snead, a University of Notre Dame law professor and ethicist. He will discuss fetal pain and the “duty to protect unborn children.”

June 27 — A prayer breakfast will be offered from 7:30 a.m. to 9 a.m. with Dr. Alveda C. King, niece of Dr. Martin Luther King Jr.

Afterward, a panel discussion with Wesley J. Smith, Burke Balch and Jennifer Popik will address “The Bioethics War on Humans.”

June 28 — The closing banquet, “Stand for LIFE!,” will feature radio host Mark Larson.

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