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Sep
28
Thu
Fire Up for Fall @ Railside Golf Club
Sep 28 @ 12:00 pm – 1:00 pm

Fire Up For FallGet fired up for fall!

All prolife church representatives are invited to a gathering sponsored by Grand Rapids Right to Life.

This luncheon will inspire leaders to get their church involved in the prolife movement.

Church Representatives will:

  • Hear about upcoming events.
  • Get involved with youth activities.
  • Learn how to inspire others.
  • Discover how to share educational information.

Not a prolife church representative yet?  Join us anyway!  Prolife contacts are needed from every church in Grand Rapids to join with us and educate local faith communities on life issues.

  • Lunch will be catered; therefore a ticket is required.
  • Tickets must be requested online by September 20.
  • When submitting your ticket request, indicate the church you represent.

Space is limited, so kindly limit your attendance to only one person per church.

Oct
1
Sun
Life Chain @ Public Sidewalk on 44th Street
Oct 1 @ 2:00 pm – 3:30 pm

Life ChainSince the tragic Roe v. Wade and Doe v. Bolton Supreme Court decisions in January of 1973, legalized abortion-on-demand has killed more than 56,000,000 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, on Sunday, October 1, for a time of collective prayer to end abortion in our nation.

 

Signs for Life Chain may be picked up on Sunday, October 1, 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.

Oct
5
Thu
40 Days for Life @ Heritage Clinic for Women
Oct 5 @ 7:00 am – 7:00 pm

Heritage Clinic for WomenAs 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 surgical abortion clinic 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 5.  Participants are asked to remain on the public sidewalk in front of the abortion clinic and pray for one hour.

Contact us to be a part of this powerful effort to end abortion in our city.

 

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

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.

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

Ann McElhinneyThe 30th annual Focus on Life Benefit Dinner at the DeVos Place ballrooms in downtown Grand Rapids will feature film producer Ann McElhinney as the keynote speaker.

McElhinney is a producer and director known for FrackNation (2013), Not Evil Just Wrong (2009), and Mine Your Own Business: The Dark Side of Environmentalism (2006). She has just completed her latest project, Gosnell:  America’s Biggest Serial Killer.

Talking about her new movie, McElhinney explained, “It is a true story.  This really happened in America.  [Gosnell] killed thousands of children, and people do not know.”

McElhinney produced this film to shed light on the heinous crimes of abortionist Kermit Gosnell, who was convicted in 2013 of first-degree murder for killing three infants who were born alive.  Although he received multiple life sentences with no possibility of parole, the media ignored his actions, his trial, and the terrible suffering of his victims.

Here are some amazing clips of Ann McElhinney on:

Don’t miss this evening of celebrating life and championing the prolife cause.

Individual seats and tables can be purchased now by completing and submitting a registration form.

Oct
10
Tue
“Gosnell” Movie – Sneak Peek @ Celebration! Cinema North
Oct 10 @ 7:00 pm – 9:30 pm
Grand Rapids Right to Life is sponsoring a sneak peek of the long-awaited prolife film Gosnell:  America’s Biggest Serial Killer.
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This true crime drama starring “Superman” Dean Cain is a feature-length film about abortionist Kermit Gosnell and the media cover-up of his “house of horrors” clinic.
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Producer Ann McElhinney will be in attendance to answer questions and to sell copies of her book.
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Want tickets to this private event?
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Tickets are available for a $5 donation each only at the Focus on Life Benefit Dinner featuring Ann McElhinney as the keynote speaker on Monday, October 9, at DeVos Place.
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When securing tickets the night of the dinner, consider getting tickets for your church youth group, a students for life school group, your Bible study or Small Group.
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In the event that some tickets still remain, they will be available to the general public for a $5 donation each on October 10 at the Grand Rapids Right to Life office.
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All ticket donations must be by cash or check.

Dec
1
Fri
GRSFL – Prolife Essay Contest
Dec 1 all-day

Prolife Essay ContestCalling all prolife students!  Here’s a great chance to explain why you are prolife and to compete in a contest for prize money.

Grand Rapids Right to Life is sponsoring a Prolife Essay Contest.  Prizes are awarded for first place ($50) and second place ($25) in both the Senior Essay Contest (grades 10 – 12) and the Junior Essay Contest (grades 7 – 9).

Winning essays will be submitted to the National Right to Life Essay Contest for a chance to win further prizes.

Last year, the Grand Rapids Senior Essay Contest winner won the National Right to Life contest!

The essay topic is:  Why I am pro-life.
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ESSAY GUIDELINES

  • Typed in 12-point font
  • Double-spaced
  • Page-numbered
  • 300 – 500 words
  • Properly cited  (include a Works Cited page)
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APPLICATION

To compete in the Prolife Essay Contest:

  • Download and complete the application form.
  • Mail or e-mail the cover sheet and essay by the deadline.
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DEADLINE

  • Friday, December 1, 2017

Jan
19
Fri
March for Life @ Washington, DC
Jan 19 all-day

March for Life in DCOn January 22, 1973, the United States Supreme Court passed the Roe vs. Wade and Doe vs. Bolton decisions that legalized abortion-on-demand through all nine months of pregnancy in all fifty states.  The peaceful demonstration on this somber anniversary every year since 1973 is a witness to the truth concerning the greatest human rights violation of our time.  The March for Life in Washington, DC, began as a small demonstration and rapidly grew into the largest prolife event in the world.

Grand Rapids Right to Life will be hosting bus trips to Washington, DC, for the 45th annual March for Life.

Along with the March for Life on January 19, there are opportunities to also attend the Students for Life Conference, the March for Life Youth Rally, Mass at the National Shrine of the Immaculate Conception, Youth Mass and Rally at the Verizon Center, and the Rose Dinner.

New this year … attendees are able to design a trip that fits their schedule and budget!

Click here to download a PDF of all itinerary options and a registration form.

Dec
31
Mon
Coins for Kids
Dec 31 all-day

Baby BottleCoins for Kids is a fundraiser for Grand Rapids Right to Life and local pregnancy centers.

Churches and organizations in the Grand Rapids area are encouraged to choose one month to host a baby bottle drive.

Profits benefit Grand Rapids Right to Life and local agencies that provide material support to women and families facing unplanned pregnancies.

It’s easy to host a Coins for Kids baby bottle drive!

Step 1:
Select a month that your church or school would like to participate and call Grand Rapids Right to Life.

Step 2:
Spread the word by putting the dates for the baby bottle drive in your bulletin or newsletter and by making announcements.

Step 3:
Request as many bottles as you need.  We suggest one bottle per family.

Step 4:
Spend the month filling those bottles with your spare change. 

Step 5:
Grand Rapids Right to Life will pick up the bottles at the end of the month and bring them to the bank to get counted.

Join us in this wonderfully easy and tangible way that you can support the prolife efforts of Grand Rapids Right to Life and the work of local pregnancy centers.