January 27, 2017
Washington, D.C. is only one of the battlefields in the struggle for the dignity of human life. In fact, one of the most powerful places you can stand up for the unborn isn't even a real place. The virtual fronts of the internet and social media are places where advances for life are made every day. Your Facebook page, your Twitter feed, and your Instagram photos can all change the way human life is valued in this country.
We were joined by pro-life activists from around the nation this morning at the FRC headquarters as we hosted our 12th annual ProLifeCon Digital Action Summit. The line-up of speakers, which included Members of Congress, abortion survivors, activists and others, was one of the most powerful and impactful we've ever had.
Congressman Randy Hultgren (R-Ill.) came back early from the GOP retreat just to speak to our crowd. "What I get so encouraged by with the March for Life is how many young people are here. [It shows] that we are winning this discussion and this debate -- and this change of mind that life is precious. All of life is precious. And it is vital that we do all that we can to protect every single life from the very beginning to the very end. What I think is going to be incredible too is just the clear contrast from just a couple of days ago of [the Women's March] that I found so upsetting and hard to even difficult look at to something so different today, full of optimism and hope... We have a window of time that we have to take advantage of. We cannot waste this chance."
Bishop Vincent Mathews, Jr. of The Church of God in Christ put it all in perspective: "How much is a life worth? Whatever it takes to save that life is worth it." Catherine Szeltner, of EWTN's "Pro-Life Weekly" television show reminded us that, "We need to talk with our neighbor and engage the culture, because it is culture that influences policy after all."
We also heard the gripping story of Rebekah Buell, a mother who shared about her experience with the RU-486 abortion pill, the manipulative abortion industry, and how she saved her son's life. Brandi Swindell told us about how her group, Stanton Health Care, is providing real holistic health care for women -- next door to Planned Parenthood. Brandon Buell (no relation to Rebekah) not only gave us an update on his son -- the hero of the "Jaxon Strong" Facebook page – but brought Jaxon with him this year! Jaxon is a living, breathing, example of what's at stake in the life movement.
And that was only a few of our speakers. If you missed the high-powered on-line summit this morning, not to worry, you can catch up on the conference here.
Tony Perkins' Washington Update is written with the aid of FRC senior writers.