Guest Post: NRL Academy Inspires, Informs Pro-Life Students

applicationsgraphic-300x300 Our 2014 Academy student, Rebecca "Scout" Yarbrough, shares how her time at the Academy is better preparing her to defend life.  The National Right to Life convention in Louisville was the perfect introduction into the academy. It truly reminded me of why I want to be part of this incredible movement. The dynamic speakers at the conference challenged me to think about the life issues with a great in depth understanding and gave me perspective on many different subjects that I had not previously considered. The National Right to Life Academy equips students with the knowledge they need to defend life at all stages of development, from conception to natural death. The extensive reading materials, lectures, and seminars have already made me feel more prepared to speak about these sobering issues with others. The challenging practicum sessions provide the students with the skills they need to articulate these principles not only in everyday situations, but especially in those such as lobbying, media interviews, and even press conference settings. I now have a more in-depth understanding of euthanasia, assisted suicide, and abortion that will continue to expand for the rest of my life. This experience has had a profound effect on the way I viewed the pro-life movement. I know I will leave DC more prepared than ever to come back to North Carolina and defend life for those who cannot defend it themselves. I am looking forward to helping out with Camp Joshua next summer and help educate young and old on all of the life issues. We must bring more awareness to our community about the culture of death and work to transform it into a culture of LIFE.

New Poll: Hagan Abortion Position out of Touch with Voters

Editor's Note: This article originally appeared in the July 8 edition of National Right to Life News Today WASHINGTON – A new poll conducted by The Polling Company/WomanTrend for National Right to Life indicates that pro-abortion Sen. Kay Hagan’s abortion position is out of touch with voters. By an overwhelming 55%-35% margin, voters chose a hypothetical pro-life candidate whose views match those of Republican nominee Thom Tillis over a hypothetical pro-choice candidate whose views match those of Sen. Kay Hagan.TillisHagan The website for Tillis’ campaign explains that “Thom believes all life is sacred and as Speaker, he promoted pro-life policies and helped reverse the pro-abortion state policies Democrats had put in place for decades.” In November 2013, a spokesman for the Tillis campaign said that he “absolutely” supports the Pain-Capable Unborn Child Protection Act (S. 1670), which would ban abortions after 20 weeks, when the unborn child is capable of feeling pain. Under his leadership as speaker of the North Carolina House of Representatives, the legislature passed a number of pro-life measures, including prohibiting taxpayer dollars from being used to pay for abortion or to pay for insurance coverage for abortion. Kay Hagan supports the current policy of abortion on demand, which allows abortion for any reason, and opposes the Pain-Capable Unborn Child Protection Act (S. 1670). A November 19, 2013 article in the Raleigh News-Observer stated that Hagan “made it clear she would not vote for a bill that would ban abortions beginning at 20 weeks.” She voted for Obamacare, which provides government funding for insurance plans that pay for abortion, and has voted to spend federal funds on health plans that cover abortion on demand (12/8/09, Roll Call 369). “Abortion continues to be a key issue with the electorate,” said David N. O’Steen, Ph.D., National Right to Life executive director. “When they learn about the position of the candidates on abortion, voters in election after election side with the pro-life candidate.” The June poll comes on the heels of an annual survey by Gallup, which found that just 39% were in favor of the current policy of abortion for any reason (the position of Kay Hagan), with 28% saying abortion should be legal under any circumstances and 11% saying abortion should be legal under most circumstances. A substantial majority, 58%, believes abortion should be legal in only a few circumstances (37%) or illegal in all circumstances (21%). Gallup also asked about only voting for a candidate “who shares your abortion views.” Nineteen percent answered that they would only vote for a candidate who shared their views on the abortion issue, with 11% saying they would vote only for the pro-life candidate and 8% saying they would vote only for the pro-choice candidate. “It’s clear that most Americans do not support the policy of abortion for any reason that was established by Roe v. Wade,” O’Steen said. “And they will continue to support candidates who reject this extreme policy of abortion for any reason.” The complete question from The Polling Company follows. The Polling Company/WomenTrend Field Dates: June 12-15, 2014 N = 1,014 Margin of Error: +/- 3.1% CANDIDATE “A” opposes abortion except when the mother’s life is in danger or in cases of rape or incest. This candidate opposes using tax dollars to pay for abortion and supports legislation that would prohibit abortions after 20 weeks when the unborn child can feel pain. CANDIDATE “B” supports a woman’s choice to have an abortion. This candidate supports using tax dollars to pay for abortion and opposes legislation that would prohibit abortions after 20 weeks. 55% TOTAL SUPPORT CANDIDATE “A” (NET) 32% STRONGLY SUPPORT CANDIDATE “A” 23% SOMEWHAT SUPPORT CANDIDATE “A” 35% TOTAL SUPPORT CANDIDATE “B” (NET) 18% SOMEWHAT SUPPORT CANDIDATE “B” 16% STRONGLY SUPPORT CANDIDATE “B”

Meet Our 2014 Academy Student!

Every summer, the National Right to Life convention attracts pro-lifers from all over the country, including the yearly Right to Life Academy class. Since today is the second day of the 2014 convention, it seems especially appropriate to introduce our own All PostsIMG_0764 Scholarship for Life recipient and 2014 NRL Academy attendee, Rebecca "Scout" Yarbrough. Scout is from Greensboro and is a rising sophomore at UNC-Greensboro, where she is majoring in social work with a minor in Spanish. She enjoys volunteering and frequently goes on service trips during her school breaks. While still in high school, she trained a registered therapy dog and took him to nursing homes to bond with residents. In her free time, she enjoys many activities, but most recently started Muay Thai boxing. We are excited to welcome Scout to the North Carolina "family" of Scholarship for Life recipients and Academy graduates!  

Fourteen Ways to be Pro-Life for Summer ’14

Happy Summer! How are you going to celebrate? Beach trips, cookouts, and time with friends and family are great ways to spend the warmer months, but it’s also a good time to get more involved in your community. We’ve put together a list of fourteen things you can do to make a difference in the pro-life movement this summer. Enjoy!
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1. Join a chapter (or start one!)
Did you know there are local chapters on NCRTL all over the state? Becoming a member is a great way to stay involved with North Carolina’s pro-life activities. If there isn’t a chapter in your area, consider starting one!
 2. Donate
 Yes, your money does make a difference! Donations to NCRTL’s Education Fund are tax deductible and help us spread the pro-life message across the state.  Alternately, pregnancy centers are always in need of new or gently used baby clothes and items, as well as diapers and formula. Look in the phonebook under “Abortion Alternatives” to find one in your area.  If you do not need a tax deduction, you should give to the fund that helps NC Right to Life advocate for pro-life legislation both in DC and Raleigh. You can even contribute directly towards our youth outreach program, Camp Joshua.
3. Volunteer
The gift of your time is always welcome! Pregnancy centers are often in need of volunteers to counsel expectant mothers, sort through donations, answer the phone, or do some light cleaning.
Teenagers are passionate about the pro-life movement, and our summer camp is a great way for them to be involved! Your high school students will come home educated and inspired to be pro-life leaders in their communities.  Registration is open at campjoshuanc.org. College students and young adults who are interested in being counselors for the weekend should contact Erin at ncrtl.erin@gmail.com.
5. Be an Advertisement
Sometimes you only have to walk out the door to make an impact. Put on your favorite pro-life T-shirt or precious feet pin, or maybe slap a bumper sticker on your car. If you don’t have any pro-life paraphernalia, contact our office and we’ll see what we can do!
6.  Use Social Media Following North Carolina Right to Life on Twitter and Pinterest, “liking” us on Facebook, and reading our blog take just minutes and are easy ways to show support, receive updates, and stay informed.
7. Read the News
Stay updated with what's going on in the pro-life world. Just because the mainstream media doesn't cover a story doesn't mean it's unimportant. National Right to Life News Today is a great place to find relevant news about subjects that matter.
8. Pray
If you do nothing else this summer, pray for the safety of the unborn, their mothers, and the elderly. Pray for an end to abortion and the culture of death. Pray for the men and women who work in the abortion facilities and the men and women affected by abortion. Do it at home, at church, at the abortion facility, in the car. For regular intentions, sign up for Prayer Partners for Life.
9. Speak Up
Don’t be shy about having conversations about pro-life issues. Many people are genuinely interested in hearing the pro-life perspective even if they disagree with it. Keep your conversations friendly and factual, and remember that you’re a voice for the voiceless. How can we change hearts and minds if we are afraid to speak up? If you’re unsure of what to say, check out number 10.
10. Educate Yourself
It’s okay if you’re not an expert on fetal development or the problems with assisted suicide, but make sure you understand the basics. There are many great resources online to help you brush up on your pro-life know how. Check out NCRTL’s education page or visit National Right to Life’s website and browse the “Issue Info” section. These are both great places to start or broaden your pro-life education.
11. Educate Others
Write letters to the editor, post to your Facebook page, pin a link, or retweet about a timely pro-life topic.   You can find information at any of the resources mentioned in this list.
12.  Help Those in Need
Do you have an elderly neighbor who could use a hand with the yard work or a ride to the grocery store? The elderly in nursing homes oftentimes have no one to visit them, so check with your local nursing home to find out which residents need a visit. Maybe there’s a young mom at your church who could use an extra pair of hands at the park or a homemade meal in her freezer.  Being pro-life should be reflected in how we care for people of all ages!
13. Love Your Kids and Your Parents
We live in a culture that doesn’t always value children or the elderly, so it’s important that families act as witnesses to the beauty and value of life. Loving families can have profound effects on the culture. Show your kids you love them for who they are, and teach them the value of life. Care for your elderly parents so that your children will learn from you the value of every life even in the later years when our bodies and minds are failing us.
14. Love life!
If you don’t love life, how will you convince someone else to?
Editor's Note: This is an updated version of a similar list printed last summer.