Friday, January 25, 2013

2013 “ProLifeCon” Twitcast and Transcript


Today it begins, our fourth annual “Twitcast” joining pro-life bloggers from near and far, who all had the good sense to come in out of the cold during the annual March for Life. (Click here for last year's transcript.) The following is the transcript of this year's ProLifeCon, the “premiere conference for the online prolife community” hosted once again by the Family Research Council in Washington DC. Items may have been edited slightly for correction. Clarity or corrections in quotations are indicated with brackets. Items listed in green entered the feed during our report, and were considered germaine to the topic at hand.

A pre-recording of the video feed from the conference is below (where the proceedings begin at 07:49), along with other presented video highlights. You can learn more about the event at the FRC website, or follow the magic hashtag on Twitter: #prolifecon.

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Transcript of Twitcast

The #ProLifeCon is underway. Let the tweets begin!
08:31

Jeanne Monahan is President of the March for Life. #prolifecon
08:33

"We have lost one-sixth of the present US population to abortion." #prolifecon
08:34

"We are the new normal in the United States. And the majority of the young people are prolife." #prolifecon
08:36

"Look into your heart and ask yourself, 'What can I do to build a culture of life in the United States?'" #prolifecon
08:40

Jill Stanek was a hospital nurse who discovered babies aborted live and left to die. She went public. You know the rest. #prolifecon
08:45

Josh Duggar of Arkansas is involved in prolife politics in his state. Also from the reality TV show "19 Kids and Counting." #prolifecon
08:50

"40 years of unborn children denied the gift that God has given us. We look around in this room, and we don't see "tissue.'" #prolifecon
08:53

lifeunited.org #prolifecon
08:54

Dan Pennell is presenter for the lifeunited.org website. #prolifecon
08:56

Short video presentation on the mission of lifeunited.org featuring Michelle and Jim Bob Duggar. #prolifecon
08:57

Welcome to North Carolina Right to Life. #prolifecon
08:58

"We're trying to stop abortion, and have it be over with." #prolifecon
08:59

"If a woman had more access to the facts, and the effects of abortion, she would see thru the lies of Planned Parenthood." #prolifecon
09:01

Life United is not simply a new institution, but an attempt to unite existing ones to spread their message. #lifeunited #prolifecon
09:03

See the movie "180" on the lifeunited.org website, with what is arguably the most powerful argument(s) against abortion. #prolifecon
09:06

Kristan Hawkins is President of Students for Life of America. #prolifecon
09:10

"Those of us born after January of 1973 are the survivor generation." #prolifecon
09:12

"The majority of the half a million people gathered for the March for Life are going to be young people." #prolifecon
09:14

"Planned Parenthood doesn't want to use the word 'pro-choice' because it is associated with abortion." #prolifecon
09:14

"Today, women are being scheduled to die, lives are going to be ruined." #prolifecon
09:18

Janet Durig is Executive Director of the Capitol Hill Pregnancy Center. #prolifecon
09:20

When you talk to women in crisis pregnancy centers, you discover that not all pregnancies are alike. #prolifecon
09:22

One of Ms Durig's clients was a 16-year-old girl who had had six abortions. She remembered the dates of all of them. #prolifecon
09:25

For many of the urban poor, abortion is simply another form of birth control, often subsidized to a greater or lesser degree. #prolifecon
09:26

Lives are being changed for the better, thanks to visits to crisis pregnancy centers. #prolifecon
09:30

Dr Michael J New is Assistant Professor of Political Science at the University of Michigan-Dearborn. #prolifecon
09:31

A presentation of statistics "both fun and serious." #prolifecon
09:34

People who once advocated abortion as a cure to social ills no longer speak in those terms. #prolifecon
09:36

Abortion has not reduced unwanted pregnancies, child abuse, or out-of-wedock child births. #prolifecon
09:38

Since 1973, child abuse has arisen by over 1000 percent in the United States. #prolifecon
09:39

Abortion has failed to lower the crime rate, and the statistics that say so are incomplete, therefore misleading. #prolifecon
09:41

A steady increase in violent crimes by 17 to 24 year olds. #prolifecon
09:42

[Intermission]

[FRC] @manwithblackhat Thanks for joining us at #prolifecon David!
09:48


During the break, a clip from "Surrender the Secret" was shown. #prolifecon
09:57

Dean Nelson is from the National Black Pro-Life Coalition. #prolifecon
09:58

blackprolifecoalition.org #prolifecon
09:58

"The leading cause of death in the black community is abortion." #prolifecon
09:59

Before Roe v Wade, black women had the lowest rate of abortion. #prolifecon
10:00

70 percent of Planned Parenthood's abortion facilities are within walking distance of blacks and latinos. #prolifecon
10:01

Black congressmen and senators generally not held accountable to those who elected them, thus are accountable to the lobbyists. #prolifecon
10:04

Rep Diane Black is a Repubican congresswoman from Tennessee. #prolifecon
10:05

Black [has endorsed] a pro-life amendment to the Tennessee state constitution. She is [currently] on the House Budget Committee. #prolifecon
10:07

The polls notwithstanding, abortions are decreasing, and the number of young people who are prolife is increasing. #prolifecon
10:09

HR 217: The Title X Abortion Provider Prohibiton Act #prolifecon
10:11

Planned Parenthood performed over 300K abortions last year. #prolifecon
10:11

"Abortion is a war on women. Abortion is not health care." #prolifecon
10:12

"Abortion is not good for women, for children, or for society." #prolifecon
10:14

Dr Russell Moore is Dean of the School of Theology at the Southern Baptist Theological Seminary. #prolifecon
10:16

Dr Moore is here to talk about adoption. #prolifecon
10:17

The prolife movement has a responsibility to widows and orphans in need. #prolifecon
10:18

"We must be aware of the way in which some of our arguments will effect ... the long run." #prolifecon
10:20

We must seek to appeal to those who have been hardened, or are damaged by the effect of abortion. #prolifecon
10:21

"We speak with justice and mercy to those on the other side, whose hearts can be changed." #prolifecon
10:23

Jason Jones is founder of MovieToMovement. #prolifecon
10:26

Hollywood producers of several documentaries, as well as the movie "Bella." #prolifecon
10:28

A trailer from his latest movie "Crescendo." #prolifecon
10:28

The mission of "Movie To Movement" is to show the beauty of the human person to the world. #prolifecon
10:32

"We want to raise a million dollars for crisis pregnancy centers on February 28th." cpcmovie.com #prolifecon
10:35

Roland Warren is CEO of Care Net. #prolifecon
10:40

His wife became pregnant while still in college, and was urged to have an abortion so she could finish med school. #prolifecon
10:44

His son is now at Harvard. #prolifecon
10:44

"Charles Manson's mother chose life. Wouldn't it have been better for him to have been aborted?" #prolifecon
10:46

"There are not two choices here, but three. Charles Manson could have been a good boy who learned to be a good man." #prolifecon
10:48

"I'm not prolife. I'm pro ABUNDANT life." #prolifecon
10:48

"We are not just saving a baby; we are raising a child." #prolifecon
10:49

"We need to focus on being the most compassionate to the most vulnerable, not just for the baby, but for the mother." #prolifecon
10:51

Lila Rose is President of LiveAction, working to investigate and report on abuses in the abortion industry. #prolifecon
10:53

Her work has documented sexual abuse coverups, misuse of funds, participation in sex trafficking, and more. #prolifecon
10:54

"I am so blessed and so grateful to be on the side of the truth." #prolifecon
10:56

"There's no such thing as a 'safe' abortion." A video is presented entitled "Is It Safe?" #prolifecon
11:00

liveactionadvocate.org #prolifecon
11:01

Rep Trent Franks is a Republican congressman from Arizona. #prolifecon
11:07

"The first Republicans set out to maintain that 'all men are created equal.'" #prolifecon
11:09

"If there is even one step we can take to save another child ... can we say we are not ready to challenge this carnage?" #prolifecon
11:15

President Obama said this about schoolchildren who were victims of gun violence. Can it not apply to the unborn? #prolifecon
11:16

"Truth and time travel on the same road." #prolifecon
11:17

Gandhi said that tyrants always fail, while the truth always prevails. #prolifecon
11:20

Tony Perkins is President of the Family Research Council. #prolifecon
11:22

Mr Perkins is presenting closing remarks for the event. "Abortion is a symptom; it is not the source." #prolifecon
11:26

"I pray this will not be the end of your activities, but the beginning. A generation has passed; this is the new generation." #prolifecon
11:29

Thus ends this year's Twitcast. Stay tuned later today for the complete transcript at manwithblackhat.blogspot.com. And ... we're out. #prolifecon
11:31

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The proceedings began and ended on time, which is rare when you get enough important people in the same room, including two members of the United States Congress. Speaking of which, this occasion was a rare opportunity to see the truly human side of some of our elected representatives. You would never have confused them with politicians grandstanding for the evening news. They were speaking to their brethren-in-arms. In addition, this event was the largest attended in the four years that this writer has been covering it.

Our thanks to the Family Research Council for their hard work in organizing the conference, and giving us here at man with black hat the opportunity to participate.
 

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