High School Oratory Contest @ Grand Rapids Right to Life
Mar 5 @ 6:30 pm

Be a voice for the voiceless this March!

Enter the 35th annual High School Oratory Contest sponsored by Grand Rapids Right to Life. This is a great way for high school students to practice their public speaking and leadership skills.

Each contestant must research, write, and present a 5-7 minute speech on a prolife topic. The top three finalists will earn cash prizes. The first place winner will also compete at the State High School Oratory Contest on May 25 in East Lansing.

This is a great opportunity for high school students to take a stand for life and to possibly earn some extra cash!

All are welcome to come and listen to the presentations.

Contestant Criteria

  • Participants must be in grades 9 – 12 as of February 1.

Contest Prizes

  • $250 – 1st place
  • $150 – 2nd place
  • $100 – 3rd place

Oratory Guidelines

  • Research, write, and present a 5-7 minute speech.
  • Topics include abortion, infanticide, euthanasia, embryonic stem cell research.


  • Download and complete the application form.
  • Submit the application by March 1.

Women’s Expo @ DeVos Place
Mar 15 – Mar 17 all-day

Women's ExpoGrand Rapids Right to Life will have a booth at this year’s West Michigan Women’s Expo in downtown Grand Rapids. But we can’t do it without you!

Do you have a few hours to join other volunteers and help staff the booth?

This is a great opportunity for us to get in front of thousands of women and educate on the prolife issue. We will be selling prolife gear, handing out literature, promoting events, and discussing LIFE issues.

Be a part of this West Michigan tradition that boasts more than 600 exhibits for women.

Volunteer Duties

  • Volunteers will be working with a staff member from Grand Rapids Right to Life.
  • Volunteers must familiarize themselves with sale items and educational materials.

Volunteer Sign-Up

  • Sign-up online to volunteer.
  • Due to space limitations, each volunteer must individually sign-up for one slot.
  • Volunteers will work a 3-hour shift.


  • Volunteers may enter the expo for free.
  • Parking fees will not be reimbursed.

Planned Prayer at Planned Parenthood @ Planned Parenthood
Mar 15 @ 9:00 am – 10:00 am

Planned Prayer at Planned ParenthoodHarness the power of prayer and pray to end abortion in front of the only free-standing abortion facility in Grand Rapids.

Current and interested Church Representatives are invited to bring their church team and join Tammy, prolife ambassador, to pray for an end to abortion in our community. This is a prayer-filled event, not a protest.

This simple act is an opportunity to intercede for the unborn and to change the hearts and minds of the abortion minded.

Planned Parenthood Services in Grand Rapids

  • Medical Abortions (The Abortion Pill) up to 11 weeks by appointment
  • Surgical Abortion Referrals
  • Emergency Contraception (The Morning-After Pill) on a walk-in basis

How to Participate

  • Just show up!
  • Meet on the sidewalk in front of the abortion facility.
  • Prayer booklets will be provided.
  • Dress appropriately for the weather.


  • Parking is free and available on Cherry Street right in front of the abortion facility.

Plan Your Schedule

  • Did you miss this time of prayer? Come next month!
  • Planned Prayer will be held the third Friday of every month.

Advertise With Us
Mar 15 @ 5:00 pm

Conference Book AdsHere is a wonderful opportunity to show your support for life!

Each year Right to Life of Michigan holds a state conference in Lansing. An important part of this annual meeting is the Conference Book.

Hundreds of local businesses and individuals place ads in the Conference Book to show their support for the prolife movement.

Professionals can also have their names listed on a page for attorneys, dentists, physicians, health care workers, and educators … just ask us how!

The Conference Book will be distributed to businesses and individuals throughout the Grand Rapids community. Those looking to work with a prolife business are encouraged to contact the companies and professionals who placed an ad in this book.


  • Conference Book ads start as low as $75.
  • Patron ads start as low as $25.
  • Name placement in the professionals ads starts as low as $20.

Place an Ad

  • The deadline to place an ad is March 15.
  • To place an ad contact Laura.

Donations to the Conference Book

  • Advertisement contributions are not tax-deductible.
  • The cost of advertising may be deducted as a business expense.

40 Days for Life @ Planned Parenthood
Mar 21 @ 7:00 am – 7:00 pm

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

Grand Rapids Right to Life supporters will pray for 12 hours on Thursday, March 21, in front of Planned Parenthood. Participants are asked to remain on the public sidewalk in front of the abortion facility and pray for one hour.

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.

Planned Parenthood Services in Grand Rapids

  • Medical Abortions (The Pill) up to 11 weeks by appointment
  • Abortion Referrals
  • Emergency Contraception (The Morning-After Pill) on a walk-in basis

Volunteers Needed

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

Prayer Vigil Reminders

  • Park on city streets.
  • 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.

LEAD Scholarship
Apr 1 all-day

Lead ScholarshipHigh school students are eligible for one of three $250 scholarships to attend this exhilarating week-long summer program.

Student Statesmanship Institute hosts their intensive LEAD Summer Program for high school students. LEAD is a life-transforming week featuring authentic leadership simulations in the legislative, media, judicial, campaign, and business fields all under the direction of Christian professionals. Prolife issues are included in several tracks.

During this real-world experience, young people learn valuable life skills such as teamwork, critical thinking, strategic planning, and effective communication. While being engaged in high-level leadership roles, they are also inspired to apply Biblical and moral principles in their own life and the world around them.

LEAD stands for Learning how to live out your faith in the real world, being Empowered to fulfill God’s purpose, Acting like a leader, and Discovering your God-given potential.

Students may choose the week they are able to attend camp.

Summer Camp Dates and Location

  • Week 1:  June 16 – 21
  • Week 2:  July 7 – 12
  • Week 3:  July 21 – 26
  • Spring Arbor University, 106 East Main Street, Spring Arbor, Michigan

Summer Camp Registration

  • Scholarship recipients must still register for LEAD Summer Program.
  • Discounts are available from Student Statesmanship Institute.
Award Criteria
  • Young people aged 13-19
  • Completed application

Application Process

  • Download and complete the application form.
  • Submit the application by April 1.

ProLife T-shirt Day
Apr 2 all-day

National 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 April. Check out the different colors, messages, cuts, and material in the online store.

Wear the Message

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

April Sale

During the month of April, 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 classic styles are now only $13


  • 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.

Spring into Life @ Noto's Old World Italian Dining
Apr 18 @ 6:30 pm – 8:30 pm

Spring into LifeSpring into Life is an evening of educating, motivating, and involving people in the local prolife movement.

Guests will enjoy a cocktail hour, a delicious dinner, an update from Grand Rapids Right to Life, and a musical performance and powerful testimony by George Dennehy, a man who was born without arms but who believes that every individual has a divine purpose.

George Dennehy

Dennehy was born in Romania and adopted by an American family. He started his musical journey by learning to play the cello at the age of eight. In time he performed with regional orchestras. He also mastered the guitar, electric bass, and piano.

Dennehy’s videos garnered millions of YouTube views and led to a performance with the Goo Goo Dolls. He also received a standing ovation for his first TED Talk. When sharing his story, he tells others that their own perceived obstacles can be shattered.

Guests will relish his musical acuity, youthful energy, faith-filled witness, and passion for life.

Listen to the amazing musical talents of George Dennehy.


  • 5:30 PM – Cash Bar  (credit cards not accepted)
  • 6:30 PM – Program + Dinner


  • $35 per person.
  • $280 for a table of eight.
  • Tickets must be purchased by April 8.

Payment by Check

  • Make check payable to GRRTL.
  • Write “Spring into Life” in the memo line.
  • Mail to Grand Rapids Right to Life, PO Box 901, Grand Rapids, MI 49509-0901.

Payment by Credit Card

  • Click here to pay by credit card.
  • Processing fees will apply.


  • All ticket sales are final.
  • Any tickets not used will be considered a donation to Grand Rapids Right to Life.

DJ Zarnosky Life Leadership Award
May 1 all-day

DJ Zarnosky Life Leadership AwardThe DJ Zarnosky Life Leadership Award and a $1,000 scholarship is presented each spring to a high school senior who has exhibited outstanding leadership in the prolife movement.

This award is named to honor the memory of Dennis Joseph Zarnosky, who died in a tragic car accident in 2000.  DJ was only 16 when he died; however, he was always a passionate supporter of life and was determined to make a difference in the world.

Steve and Sandy Zarnosky, DJ’s parents, were blessed by his life and they continue to be enriched and encouraged by memories of his spirit and by the young award recipients who are carrying on his legacy of commitment to the prolife movement.

Award Criteria

  • High school senior at time of application deadline
  • Active involvement with Grand Rapids Right to Life
  • Completed application

Application Process

Legislative Day @ DoubleTree Hotel Lansing
May 1 @ 9:30 am – 2:00 pm

Legislative DayAll are welcome to attend Legislative Day 2024 sponsored by Right to Life of Michigan.  This is a wonderful opportunity to meet other prolife people, learn about prolife legislation, be motivated by the keynote speaker, and enjoy lunch with state legislators.

Wesley J. Smith, Special Guest Speaker

Lawyer and award-winning author, Wesley J. Smith, is the host of the Humanize podcast and Chair of the Discovery Institute’s Center on Human Exceptionalism. In 2004, he was named one of the nation’s premier experts in bioengineering by the National Journal. In 2008, the Human Life Foundation named him a Great Defender of Life for his work against assisted suicide and euthanasia.

He has authored 14 books, including Forced Exit: Euthanasia, Assisted Suicide, and the New Duty to Die, published hundreds of articles, and appeared on thousands of television and radio programs across the U.S. and internationally.

The Importance of Legislative Day

During Legislative Day, discover why Right to Life of Michigan is recognized as one of Michigan’s most effective advocacy groups. Discuss with your state legislators ways to protect the innocent unborn and the vulnerable elderly.

Pending State Legislation

  • Physician Assisted Suicide (S.B. 678 – 681)
  • Assisted Reproduction and Surrogacy Parentage Act (H.B. 5207 – 5215)
  • Parental Consent for Prop 3 (H.B. 4104)
  • Targeted Abortion Ban (H.B. 4107)
  • Safe Haven Baby Boxes (S.B. 627 – 629)


  • Registration is due by April 17.
  • This event includes a continental breakfast and a plated lunch.

Member Discount

  • 2024 members of Grand Rapids Right to Life save $10 on registration fees.
  • To take advantage of this savings, register with Laura by April 10.

Student Discount

  • Students in the Grand Rapids area save $15 on registration fees.
  • To take advantage of this savings, register with Laura by April 10.

Pedals & Petals @ Creekside Park
May 4 @ 11:00 am – 3:00 pm

Pedals & PetalsPedals & Petals is a time of fun and fundraising!

Now in its 45th year, this family-friendly day at the park includes biking and walking along the park path, a free picnic lunch, a play area, and shopping for spring flowers.

Pedals:  Raise pledges and pump those pedals!

  • Collect pledges from family, friends, neighbors, and church members.
  • Bring your bike to Pedals & Petals and cycle the park path. Walkers welcome, too!
  • Experienced cyclists who want a challenge can bike the Fred Meijer M-6 Trail.

New This Year:  Create your own pledge page for easy, online fundraising!

  • Details coming soon.

Petals:  Shop for spring flowers!

  • Get a jump start on the landscaped beauty of your home, condo, or cottage.
  • Discover inspiring ideas from the variety of baskets, flats, perennials, and bushes.
  • Cash or check purchases only.

New This Year:  Porter Street Petals pre-sale!

  • Purchase flowers early on Friday, May 3, from 11:00 AM – 4:00 PM.
  • Grand Rapids Right to Life parking lot, 2340 Porter Street SW, Wyoming
  • Check or cash purchases only.

Collect Pledges & Earn Prizes
Based on the amount of money you raise, participants can earn:

  • Prolife T-shirt
  • Baseball Cap with Embroidered Baby Feet
  • $15 gift card – Double JJ Resort & Waterpark
  • $15 gift card – Lewis Adventure Farm & Zoo
  • $15 gift card – Whitecaps Baseball
  • $15 gift card – Craig’s Cruisers
  • $15 gift card – Celebration! Cinema

Grand Prize:  The top pledge raiser will earn a $250 gift card to Great Wolf Lodge.

Pledges Due
To be eligible for all of the great prizes:

  • Pledge donations are due by May 17
  • Complete a Prize Form
  • Mail pledges and prize form to GRRTL, PO Box 901, Grand Rapids, MI 49509-0901

Get Involved

  • To sponsor this event, complete a Sponsor Form.
  • Download and print a Pledge Form to track your donations.
  • Download and print a Prize Form and return it with your pledges. (coming soon)
  • To volunteer, sign-up online(coming soon)


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