Events

Sep
29
Thu
RLM Annual Conference @ Banquet & Conference Center of Dewitt
Sep 29 @ 9:15 am – 2:15 pm

RLM Annual ConferenceProlife people are invited to the Annual Conference sponsored by Right to Life of Michigan. Be a part of this inspiring day filled with compelling information, inspiring speakers, and strategy sessions to promote a culture of life.

The Annual Conference includes breakfast, lunch, and three general sessions.

2022 members and students are eligible for a discounted price if registered through Grand Rapids Right to Life by September 9.

Guest Speaker:  Savanah Hernandez, Reporter

Savannah Hernandez is a reporter and political commentator whose passion resides in uncovering truth. Realizing there was an intense bias in the media and an immediate need for accurate reporting, she began to cover events the media refused to truthfully report. Her footage has garnered more than 20 million views and has been seen on stations like Fox News, Newsmax, and BlazeTV.

Guest Speaker: Rebecca Kiessling, ProLife Advocate

Rebecca Kiessling is the Founder and President of Save The 1 and co-founder of Embryo Defense. She is an attorney and mother of 5. Rebecca is also author of the Heritage House ’76 pamphlet “Conceived in Rape: A Story of Hope,” and the writer of, and subject of, numerous articles and blogs on LifeNews, LifeSiteNews, and Live Action.

General Session:  Against All Odds

During the final session, Right to Life of Michigan representatives will speak about the unique challenges this November as Michigan fights to protect life at the ballot box. Featured speakers include Barbara Listing, president; Paul Miller, PAC chairman; Emily Kroll, PAC director; and Ed Rivet, president of Ingham County Right to Life.

Registration

  • Members:  To save $10 on the registration fee, contact Laura by September 9.
  • Students:  For a special rate, contact Laura by September 9.
  • Non-Members:  To attend, complete the registration form online.

Oct
2
Sun
Life Chain @ Public Sidewalk on 44th Street SW
Oct 2 @ 2:00 pm – 3:30 pm

Life ChainSince 1987, believers have gathered nationwide on the first Sunday of every October to prayerfully stand for life. Since 1973, legalized abortion-on-demand has killed more than 62,000,000 unborn children in the United States.

Grand Rapids Right to Life supports the efforts of Life Chain, a peaceful and prayerful public witness of prolife individuals standing for 90 minutes praying for our nation and for an end to abortion.

This visual statement of solidarity by the Christian community attests to the fact that abortion kills children and that the sanctity of human life must be protected from the moment of conception until natural death.

Join with hundreds of people in Grand Rapids, and tens of thousands of people nationwide, for a time of collective prayer to end abortion in our nation.

Signs for Life Chain may be picked up on Sunday, October 2, at:

  • Crestwood School on 44th Street east of Breton Road
  • SE corner of 44th Street and Buchanan Avenue
  • NE corner of 44th Street and Spartan Industrial Drive
  • Brummel’s parking lot near the NW corner of 44th Street and Clyde Park Avenue

Please note:

  • Stand along 44th Street between Breton Road and Ivanrest Avenue.
  • Stand 20 feet apart, but keep small children close.
  • Stand on the public sidewalk.
  • Do not block the sidewalk, intersections, or driveways.
  • If standing is difficult, you may bring a chair.
  • Remember that the main focus is prayer.

Oct
4
Tue
ProLife T-shirt Day
Oct 4 all-day

ProLife T-shirt DayNational ProLife T-shirt Day is not just for students; it’s for anyone who believes that all life, born and unborn, should be protected. It is a day when prolife people can do something in unity to help spread the message of life.

To encourage participation, all Grand Rapids Right to Life T-shirts are $2 off during the month of October. Check out the different colors, messages, cuts, and material in the online store.

ProLife T-shirt Day

To celebrate National Prolife T-shirt Day, people of all ages are encouraged to wear their convictions about the sanctity of life.

Everyone can wear some cool prolife gear, promote their prolife values, and possibly change some hearts and minds. This event was designed to help even the most timid feel empowered to speak up on behalf of the innocent and defend the weak.

October Sale

During the month of October, save $2 and purchase a new prolife T-shirt to celebrate the precious gift of human life in style.

  • $20 new design “Thy Life is a Miracle” is now only $18
  • $20 tri-blend fabrics are now only $18
  • $15 unisex styles are now only $13

Note

  • All items are available for pick-up at the Grand Rapids Right to Life office.
  • $5 minimum shipping charge will be added to orders that are mailed.
  • No other discounts may be applied.

Oct
6
Thu
40 Days for Life @ Heritage Clinic for Women
Oct 6 @ 7:00 am – 7:00 pm

As part of the fall campaign for 40 Days for Life, Grand Rapids Right to Life has adopted a day at the peaceful vigil.

Join with us and pray to end abortion in front of the only free-standing surgical abortion facility in Grand Rapids.

40 Days for Life is a grassroots campaign to end abortion through prayer, fasting, community outreach, and by holding a peaceful prayer vigil in front of an abortion facility.

Grand Rapids Right to Life supporters will pray for 12 hours on Thursday, October 6.  Participants are asked to remain on the public sidewalk in front of the abortion facility and pray for one hour.

Volunteers Needed

  • Choose one hour to pray in front of the abortion facility.
  • Prayer booklets are available for those who participate.

Prayer Vigil Reminders

  • Parking is available on side streets, in parking ramps, and at meters.
  • Bring umbrellas, windbreakers, hats, and hand warmers if needed.
  • Do not hesitate to leave the vigil if for any reason you are not comfortable.
  • Bring prayer aids such as a Bible, rosary, or prayer booklet.
  • Focus on praying not protesting.

Get Involved

  • Contact Laura to be a part of this powerful effort to end abortion.

 

Want to know what happens inside this free-standing abortion facility?*

For $600, Heritage Clinic for Women offers medical abortions (RU-486) for pregnancies between 4 – 10 weeks.  RU-486 is a combination of two drugs used to kill and expel a child from the womb.

For $600 – $2,275, Heritage Clinic for Women performs two types of surgical abortions for pregnancies between 5 – 22 weeks.

Suction Curettage abortions are used for pregnancies between 5 – 13 weeks.  In this procedure, the cervix is dilated and the abortionist uses a powerful suction tube to dismember the unborn child and suck her out of the womb.

Dilation and Evacuation (D&E) abortions are used for pregnancies between 14 – 22 weeks.  In this procedure, the cervix is dilated and the abortionist uses forceps to dismember different parts of the child, such as arms and legs.  The baby’s head is often too large to be removed from the womb, so the abortionist must crush the skull in order to remove it.

*Information related to Heritage Clinic for Women pricing and procedures was taken directly from their website before they removed their fee schedule.

Oct
10
Mon
Focus on Life Benefit Dinner @ DeVos Place Ballrooms
Oct 10 @ 6:30 pm – 9:00 pm

The 35th annual Focus on Life Benefit Dinner will be the largest prolife banquet in Michigan, will incorporate 25 student volunteers, and will feature author and filmmaker Dinesh D’Souza.

Guest Speaker: Dinesh D’Souza

Dinesh D’Souza is a bestselling author and award-winning filmmaker. His political documentaries 2016: Obama’s America and America: Imagine a World Without Her are among the highest-grossing political films of all time.

An immigrant who grew up in Mumbai, India, D’Souza came to the United States in 1978 as an exchange student. He attended Dartmouth College, graduating Phi Beta Kappa. He was a domestic policy analyst at the Reagan White House and also a scholar at think tanks such as the American Enterprise Institute and the Hoover Institution at Stanford.

D’Souza has written nearly 20 books and made five movies. His latest book United States of Socialism was a New York Times bestseller.

He teamed up with his wife Debbie to produce a daily podcast which debuted January of 2021 and is part of the Salem Podcast Network.

For an introduction to Dinesh D’Souza, watch this 2-minute video.

Emcee: Jessica Ann Tyson

The emcee for the evening will be Jessica Ann Tyson, a wife, mother, and prolife commissioner for Kentwood City. Tyson is also the business owner of JA PR Group, The Candied Yam, Delightful Southern Cuisine, and Pink Lounge Dry Salt Therapy. This dynamic woman has proudly served her community as a board member to the Economic Development Council, the Kentwood Community Foundation, and the Wyoming Kentwood Chamber of Commerce.

Special Feature

Grand Rapids Right to Life president, Laura Alexandria, will give an update on the organization’s accomplishments in the past year.

Registration

  • To purchase tickets with a check, submit a completed registration form.
  • To purchase tickets with a credit card, click here. Processing fees will apply.

Student Volunteers

  • A limited number of high school students are needed to volunteer at this event.
  • To secure your spot, contact Laura by September 30.

Note

  • It is recommended that tickets be purchased by September 19, 2022.
  • Seat assignments will be mailed to ticket holders by October 1, 2022.

Dec
31
Sat
Wish List
Dec 31 all-day

As we work together to protect the precious gift of human life, here are some simple ways that you can help Grand Rapids Right to Life make a difference in our community.

Wish List Items

A variety of Sharpie ultra fine markers come in handy.

$5 and $10 Meijer gift cards provide fresh snacks for gatherings.

Pre-formed  coin wrappers in all denominations make Coins for Kids drives easy.

Forever stamps are useful for notes to donors and supporters.

For promotional flyers, any color of card stock paper is great.

Mini candy bars are very popular at expos and student events.

$5 and $10 Staples gift cards are vital for color copies.

For mailings, it is essential to have Avery 5160 mailing labels.

Decorative paper plates and matching napkins make events fun.

Bottled water or premium coffee can be shared with volunteers.

Donations

  • May be dropped off at or shipped to the Grand Rapids Right to Life office.
  • May be ordered online from our Wish List.

Jan
20
Fri
March for Life @ Washington, DC
Jan 20 all-day

On January 22, 1973, the United States Supreme Court passed the Roe v. Wade decision that legalized abortion-on-demand through all nine months of pregnancy in all fifty states. On June 24, 2022, this egregious decision was overturned in the Dobbs v. Jackson Women’s Health Organization decision. In a 6-3 ruling, the issue of abortion was returned to the states.

The necessary work to build a culture of life is not finished. Sadly, the number of abortions is still over 900,000 each year, and that number is expected to decrease by only 200,000 each year in a post-Roe America. Many national legislative battles loom, including keeping longstanding Hyde protections in place, which limit government funding for abortion on annual appropriation bills. The Hyde Amendment has saved over 2 million lives, but it cannot be taken for granted.

In addition to protecting life through national laws, the ultimate goal is to make abortion unthinkable.

The March for Life is a peaceful demonstration and a witness to the truth concerning the greatest human rights violation of our time. It is also a celebration of life.

Grand Rapids Right to Life will be hosting bus trips to Washington, DC, for the 50th annual March for Life.

March for Life Events

  • March for Life Seminars and Booths
  • March for Life Youth Rally and Concert
  • Mass at National Shrine of the Immaculate Conception
  • National Pro-Life Prayer Service
  • Youth Mass and Rally at Verizon Center
  • Prayerful Protest at Planned Parenthood
  • Capitol Hill 101
  • Rose Dinner Gala

Itinerary

  • Attendees are able to design a trip that fits their schedule and budget.
  • Download all itinerary options and a registration form.

Payment Terms

  • Deposit of $100 is accepted.
  • Final payment is due January 6, 2023.