Help Build a Pro-Life Culture: Support Camp Joshua

Did you know that the largest demographic to receive abortions is college-age women? In 2012, 32% of North Carolina's resident abortions were performed on women ages 20-24. That's 6,724 abortions a year, or about 18 abortions per day. This is tragic. NCRTL believes in the power of education to help change the culture for the better. That's why we send a college student to the National Right to Life Academy every year, and why we started Camp Joshua, our pro-life summer camp for teens. 1069377_10152087820977782_605099036_n Sometimes teenagers hear that abortion is wrong, but they don't hear concrete reasons why it's wrong. Sometimes they do know, but when they are challenged by peers, they realize they don't know how to address the opposing arguments. Camp Joshua seeks to empower teens with the knowledge and skills necessary to defend the rights of the unborn confidently and correctly. We teach them the facts about fetal development and abortion, and then we explain effective ways to share the pro-life message with others. Will you help us to train up these young pro-life leaders?  It is our hope that when teenagers leaves Camp Joshua, they will return home eager to tell other people what they've learned. We hope that when they go to college or enter the workforce, they'll remember what we've taught them, even if they're faced with challenging situations like pro-abortion professors or friends facing unplanned pregnancies. We hope that they will have the confidence to defend the rights of the unborn with eloquence and compassion. To keep Camp Joshua affordable for families, we've kept our registration fee low. This means that we need to raise outside funds to ensure the continuing education of North Carolina students. Your donations go directly towards Camp Joshua expenses, including student scholarships. Please help us as we build up the culture of life, one student leader at a time!  

Post-Abortion Syndrome

Is abortion the quick and easy procedure that its advocates claim it to be? Hardly. Over the past few decades, studies on women who have had abortions show that these mothers often experience aftereffects that can last for decades. Charita, recently featured on the eye-211610_640reality TV show Extreme Weight Loss, is just one example of a post-abortive woman struggling with her decision years later. In this clip, Charita opens up to her parents about her abortion, describing the guilt and regret that has racked her for ten years.  She attributes her struggle with weight gain, in part, to that abortion. Charita's pain is similar to that of millions of post-abortive women. Her symptoms, as well as many others, are collectively called Post-Abortion Syndrome (PAS). These symptoms fall into two main categories, physical and psychological. Physical Symptoms of PAS Some of the risks of abortion are obvious. Like any invasive surgery, abortion can cause severe pain, hemorrhage, and  increased risk of infection (these risks are especially high in light of the many abortion facilities that have failed health department inspections). The chance of cervical injury or uterine perforation during an abortion is also high, and one that could have long-term consequences. Abortions, especially repeat abortions, endanger the long-term health of a woman's reproductive system. Abortion comes with the increased risk of infertility, sterility, miscarriage, ectopic pregnancy, and premature births. Many women are devastated to discover that when they are ready to have children, they have a hard time conceiving or carrying a baby to term. Psychological Symptoms of PAS Besides the physical risks associated with abortion, mothers also frequently experience psychological distress. Women who choose chemical abortions, for example, are often unprepared to go into labor and expel the perfectly-formed bodies of their tiny babies. Many women report having nightmares about their abortion or their baby, and have a hard time seeing other children of similar ages to their own lost one. Mothers who go on to have more children sometimes struggle to bond with them, partially because they feel guilty about their abortion and unworthy of or inadequate for the role of parent. These feelings of low self-esteem and guilt increase the risk of drug and alcohol abuse. Sadly, death of the mother is another risk of abortion. Physical complications from the procedure have taken many lives, and the psychological stress increases suicidal tendencies astronomically. If you or a loved one has had an abortion, there is help available. These organizations, as well as most pregnancy resource centers, offer confidential post-abortion healing and help:  Abortion Changes You                         Abortion Recovery International     After Abortion                                           Deeper Still                                                 Project Rachel                                            Rachel’s Vineyard                                     Silent No More Awareness                   Surrendering the Secret                          

NRL Convention Just One Month Away

The 44th Annual National Right to Life Convention is only a month away, but it's not too late to register! Join friends from all over the country in Louisville, Kentucky, from June 26-28 for the pro-life educational event of the year! This year's speakers include National Right to Life President Carol Tobias; Kathryn Jean Lopez, editor-at-large of The National Review Online; Bobby Schindler, executive director of the Terri Schiavo Life & Hope Network; and many more! Registration is now open, with many different rates to choose from (adult, senior, student, couple, etc). Teenagers who would enjoy learning more about pro-life issues are also welcome to attend, as the Teens for Life Convention meets at the same time. For families with small children, complete childcare services are available. Special events, such as the Prayer Breakfast and Closing "Stand for Life!" Banquet, require additional tickets. home-hdr-img4 Visit the convention website for more information!

Thom Tillis wins the GOP Primary in NC for the US Senate

On Tuesday, May 6th, NC House Speaker Thom Tillis won the Republican primary in NC for U. S. Senate with over 45% of the vote. With the win, he has earned the right to challenge Kay Hagan for the Senate seat she currently holds. 10247426_10154052797005147_6646060593943641160_n Tillis has been a champion of pro-life legislation; under his leadership, the General Assembly passed numerous pro-life bills into law, including the following:
  • Women's Right to Know Act
  • Unborn Victims of Violence Act (Ethen's Law)
  • Ban webcam abortions
  • Prohibit abortions in the state, county, and city employee health plans
  • Opt out of abortion in the federal health exchange
Representative Tillis was endorsed by National Right to Life for the primary and the General Election. He now faces Kay Hagan in the General Election. Senator Kay Hagan has consistently voted against pro-life legislative initiatives, and has declared her intention of voting against the Pain-Capable Unborn Child Protection Act. This bill, if passed, would protect the lives of unborn babies 20 weeks and older, who are fully capable of feeling the excruciating pain of surgical abortions. Hagan's spokesperson described the act as an "anti-women's health bill" and said Hagan will not be supporting the bill. Thom Tillis, in contrast, has promised his support of this important piece of legislation. Many political minds think that this contest will determine which political party controls the U. S. Senate in 2015.