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On Tuesday, April 26, 2016, Illinois Right to Life celebrated our 48th Annual Banquet, Leaders for Life, in Glen Ellyn, IL. It was a great honor to have David Daleiden, the man behind the videos and the undercover investigation into Planned Parenthood, as our special guest and keynote speaker. Dedicated leaders, longtime friends and advocates, an abundance of new faces, and many young pro-lifers joined us that evening. Everyone came to hear this young pro-life hero tell about his courageous endeavor and learn about the work of Illinois Right to Life.
Speaking to nearly 400 people, David captivated the audience with his incredible story. Emily Zender, executive director of Illinois Right to Life, says that these four things David mentioned struck her the most:
“….the abortion industry is very meticulous about preserving each body part of the child in the abortion to sell but entirely disregards preserving the actual child.
…the aborted baby parts that Planned Parenthood sells are so valuable because they are human.
…the abortion clinic workers he met are highly ambivalent and highly conflicted about their work.
… David said all the lawsuits, the indictments, the media coverage, and negative personal attacks against him is relaxing compared to what he witnessed and endured undercover in Planned Parenthood.”
To show him our gratitude and appreciation, we awarded David the 2016 Champion of Life Award, presenting him with over 230 thank you letters from pro-lifers throughout Illinois, other states, and even across the world.
The evening was nothing short of exciting, moving, and truly inspiring. Thank you to all who joined us on this truly incredible night! It was one that Illinois pro-lifers will never forget.
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