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Sep
13
Thu
Fire Up for Fall @ Salvation Army Kroc Center
Sep 13 @ 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 6.
  • When submitting your ticket request, indicate the church you represent.

Space is limited, so kindly limit your attendance to no more than two people per church.

Sep
25
Tue
Focus on Life Benefit Dinner @ DeVos Place Ballrooms
Sep 25 @ 6:30 pm – 9:00 pm

The keynote speaker for the 31st annual Focus on Life Benefit Dinner will be conservative columnist, best-selling author, and Fox News contributor Michelle Malkin.

Malkin worked for the Los Angeles Daily News and Seattle Times before starting a nationally syndicated column carried by hundreds of newspapers and other media outlets. She also founded three top conservative blogs: Hot Air, Twitchy, and MichelleMalkin.com.

She brings to the podium her stark, no-nonsense opinions on a wide range of topics, including the right to life.

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

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

 

Sep
27
Thu
45th Annual Conference @ Great Hall Banquet & Convention Center
Sep 27 @ 9:00 am – 3:00 pm

Prolife people are encouraged to attend the annual conference sponsored by Right to Life of Michigan.  This is an inspiring day of information, workshops, and strategy sessions to promote a Culture of Life.

The guest speaker will be Christina Bennett, a blogger at LiveActionNews. One ordinary morning, her mother revealed a secret she kept hidden for decades. In the early 1980s, her mother had an appointment at Mt. Sinai Hospital in Hartford, Connecticut. Pregnant, alone, and afraid, she scheduled an abortion. Learn about the fascinating story of her mother’s courage to walk out of the hospital and choose life for her baby. “My mother saved my life that day,” says Christina.

Attendees will have the opportunity to attend several workshops:

  • Don’t be Stumped:  Talking About Abortion
  • Vaccines and Abortion:  The Real Story
  • Engaging Your Social Media Community
  • Abortion as a Man’s Issue
  • Easy Events for Your Community

Conference includes continental breakfast, lunch, annual meeting, two general sessions, and workshops.

2018 Members of Grand Rapids Right to Life save $20 on one adult registration.

  • Members:  To attend, contact Laura by September 14.
  • Students:  For a special rate, contact Cassidy by September 14.
  • Non-Members:  To attend, complete the registration form online.

Oct
7
Sun
Life Chain @ Public Sidewalk on 44th Street
Oct 7 @ 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 60,000,000 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 7, for a time of collective prayer to end abortion in our nation.

 

Signs for Life Chain may be picked up on Sunday, October 7, 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.

LifeFest 2018 Youth Rally @ Edge Urban Fellowship
Oct 7 @ 6:30 pm – 8:00 pm

LifeFest Youth Rally is a fun night for teens!

Cassidy, student trailblazer, will present an exciting prolife presentation to motivate and encourage teens to step up and speak out for the unborn.

Teens will also hear an amazing testimony from the keynote speaker, Ryan Waalkes, founder of Bridge Street House of Prayer in Grand Rapids. Ryan’s ministry is focused on building a bridge between the streets and the church.

This is going to be a dynamic evening, so join Cassidy at this cool event!

Bring your friends and enjoy the activities, the giveaways, the prolife crowd, and the powerful message.

This event is $2 per person and tickets may be purchased at the door or in advance by contacting Cassidy.

 

Face it … 22% of all pregnancies end in abortion. Nearly a quarter of this generation is missing because of abortion. It’s time to stand up and speak for the most vulnerable … and LifeFest will inspire teens to take a stand for life.

Oct
11
Thu
40 Days for Life @ Heritage Clinic for Women
Oct 11 @ 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 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 11.  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.

Dec
1
Sat
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.

In the past, 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

  • December 1, 2018

Jan
18
Fri
March for Life @ Washington, DC
Jan 18 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 46th annual March for Life.

Along with the March for Life on January 18, 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.

As always, 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
Tue
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.