Right To Life Hosts Pro-Life Boot Camp

By John W. Davis

July 9, 2010 Updated Jul 9, 2010 at 11:19 PM EDT

FORT WAYNE, Ind. (Indiana's NewsCenter) - National pro-life advocates lectured supporters on how to present their case for life in a persuasive, yet respectful manner.

The Pro-Life Boot Camp was held on the campus of the Concordia Seminary in Fort Wayne on Friday night.

The event was open to adults and youth who spent nearly two hours listening and asking questions about the Pro-Life Movement.

One of the lecturers was Life Training Institute President Scott Klusendorf.

Klusendorf said persuasion, logic and reason are the best tools to convince abortion supporters.

However, Klusendorf said he is against any mean-spirited approach when it comes to the Pro-Life Movement.

"One of the problems has been, there have been activists who have either used violence, or they've use inflammatory rhetoric or they've used less than gracious approaches to convincing and persuading people," Life Training Institute President Scott Klusendorf said.

"We're putting a different spin on that, we're coming at this with a winsome, intellectually honest and persuasive way of making our case," Klusendorf said.

The other lecturer was a recent UCLA graduate named Lila Rose.

Rose is nationally known for her work as the President of Live Action, a pro-life new media organization she founded when she was a teenager.

Rose spoke at length about her work uncovering illegal activities at Planned Parenthood and about the fact that images make movements.

Rose said just like the American Civil Rights Movement, which used graphic images of mutilated and lynched African-Americans, the Pro-Life Movement should use graphic pictures and video of what she calls, the victims of abortion.

"When people know the truth about what abortion does to a human child, how women are negatively affected by abortion, what abortion clinics do to communities because of the way they cover up sex abuse for instance of sex abuse victims, then people come to a conclusion in their hearts and minds that this is not something they want in their communities," Live Action President Lila Rose said.

Overall, advocates said their message was that the right to life, is a civil rights and social justice issue.

Advocates hope young people educate themselves and then educate their peers.

The Pro-Life Boot Camp was hosted by the Allen County Right to Life organization.

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