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Friday, August 16, 2013

SPL is coming to Yale!

Above: Ivy League student groups at the March for Life
Your president, Kelsey Hazzard, here. Choose Life at Yale invites you to the Vita et Veritas (Life and Truth) conference, on Friday, October 18 and Saturday, October 19. The conference will feature speakers from a variety of pro-life organizations, both religious and secular.

I'm slated to take part in a panel discussion on religious diversity in the pro-life movement. This panel will most likely take place on the Friday evening, although the schedule is still being finalized.

This will be the second time this year that a Secular Pro-Life speaker has presented at an Ivy League university! (The first was Columbia University.)

Registration is only $20. This promises to be a great conference. I hope to see you there!

P.S.: Most pro-life organizations charge a speaker's fee or honorarium, but Secular Pro-Life never does. Why? Because once upon a time, I was the pro-life college student extending the speaking invitations, and I know firsthand that most student organizations can barely afford to pay for travel and accommodations.* Add a speaking fee on top of that, and great pro-life events become unaffordable.

When I go to campuses and conferences, I like to bring items for people to take home: brochures, booklets, stickers, that sort of thing. Other speakers do the same. We want our message to reverberate long after the talk is over. How do we pay for all of that without charging an honorarium?

That's where you come in. Reaching out to the next generation of
pro-life advocates with the secular perspective is critical to saving lives in the long term.

These aren't "sexy" expenses as far as a fundraising pitch is concerned, but they are expenses nonetheless. Can you spare $10 a month to cover these routine costs?

*Unless the accommodation is a shared dorm room. Been there.

2 comments:

Alden Smith said...

That is amazing guys

johno said...

Cool!