We are continuing our review of some of the speakers and content at our Convention on April 2, in no particular order of their appearance at the event.
Hailing all the way from Louisiana, Sarah Mary Toce is the New England Life and Leadership Project Director for National Right to Life Committee while she’s studying of a graduate degree at Boston College. In her charming New Orleans accent, Sarah Mary described the pro-life youth education programs that she pioneered in Louisiana and has begun to offer in New England. She offers 5-day, one-day, half-day, and even one-hour programs for students in both public and private middle and high schools, and in college, educating them on the basics of the pro-life movement.
Louisiana Right to Life began these programs several years ago by creating a 3-day overnight program called Camp Joshua to train young people to become pro-life youth advocates, including meetings with legislators and prayer outside abortion facilities. They later expanded Camp Joshua to include the longer and shorter versions and changed the name to PULSE in order to allay concerns that the name had too many religious connotations, to emphasize that being pro-life is for people of every viewpoint and background.
The one-hour program she offers is called Pro-Life 101 and occurs in school and religious education classrooms. It gives the very basics about fetal development, the value of chastity, and the support post-abortive women need. Older children are shown illustrations of what happens in abortion, although they are allowed to leave the room during this part of the presentation if they are uncomfortable.
Sarah Mary said she’s started giving her Pro-Life 101 presentations throughout New England, from Boston up to Vermont and is preparing one-day sessions of PULSE to be held in Boston this summer.
Find out more about the Life and Leadership Project and the various camp initiatives by visiting ProLifeCamps.org.
Anyone interested in either Pro-Life 101 or PULSE or who would like to learn more should contact us at firstname.lastname@example.org