Are you looking for a speaker or presentation from IRL for your next pro-life event? If so, here’s a few of our personal recommendations.
Mary Kate Knorr
Mary Kate Knorr is the executive director of Illinois Right To Life. She brings numerous years of experience in political communications and state government to the role, as well as a deeply-held passion for the protection of life, women’s health, and the defense of society’s most vulnerable members. Mary Kate is a native of Joliet.
As the oldest of three girls, Mary Kate grew up in a family that celebrated the miraculous circumstances of life and the beauty of womanhood. While she was raised on pro-life values from an early age, the essence of the movement became much more personal as she and her sisters grew older and found themselves inundated by the lies that the abortion industry has been feeding women for decades. After a few years in politics, Mary Kate began to realize she held very few issues as close to her heart as those of life and women’s healthcare. It was then that her commitment to the protection of society’s most vulnerable really solidified itself in her work, and a renewed devotion began to take shape.
Prior to joining IRL, Mary Kate worked to elect numerous pro-life candidates to office, including former Iowa Governor Terry Branstad, who successfully defunded Planned Parenthood at the state level in 2017. She also served as an aide and communications advisor to former Iowa Lieutenant Governor Kim Reynolds, and as communications director to Tonia Khouri during her run for Congress in Illinois’ 11th Congressional District in 2016.
Following the passage of HB-40, which allocated taxpayer dollars to state-funded abortions, Mary Kate felt an overwhelming pull to become more directly involved with Illinois’ pro-life movement. It was not long after that she joined the Illinois Right To Life team, which has been at the front lines in the fight against abortion for half a century, and continues to advocate for life at all stages, regardless of age, gender, or race. Mary Kate hopes that through the education of each individual heart, Illinois will eventually adopt a culture of life that can serve as an example for communities across the globe.
Emily Troscinski is the former executive director of Illinois Right to Life, a non-profit organization that educates on the beauty and value of all human life regardless of a person’s size, gender, race, age, or disability. Illinois Right to Life uses a grassroots approach to build a culture of life in Illinois that welcomes and loves all human life from conception through natural death.
Prior to Illinois Right to Life, Emily worked at the Thomas More Society, a national non-profit public interest law firm that focuses on pro-life and religious liberty issues. Her position found her working with a multitude of pro-life organizations, including 40 Days for Life National, Live Action, Pro-Life Action League, Students for Life of America, pregnancy resource centers, Catholic Charities, Christian and Catholic Clergy, and many others. Emily assisted in lawsuits against the HHS Abortion Mandate in three different states and counseled numerous young girls facing forced abortion situations. She also supported Society attorneys counseling clients in emergency end-of-life situations to prevent any disrespect for the gift of Life.
Emily believes that education is what will ultimately turn Illinois pro-life again, and that when people fully understand the horrors of abortion, their hearts will no longer support it under any circumstance. At Illinois Right to Life, she strengthens the pro-life message by employing fresh, new ways to talk about the value of life, science, and the authentic dignity of women.
Emily is available for radio/TV interviews and select speaking engagements. If you would like to inquire about her availability, please email Info@IllinoisRightToLife.org or call (312)-422-9300.
Heart2Heart Educational Program Team Presentation
Using the leading research on how students learn most effectively and retain information, our brand new educational program combines storytelling and facts to be most effective and turn hearts pro-life. The Heart2Heart Program is a free online library of professionally filmed videos that serve to teach students pro-life values on various pro-life issues. Each video is accompanied by a leader guide/lesson helper in order to arm teachers with the resources to teach pro-life values in their classrooms. To learn more about our program, click here.
That being said, Illinois Right to Life is ready and happy to bring our groundbreaking new video series – right to you! In a multimedia presentation, our staff can play one or more of the educational videos, talk about and develop the learning objectives of each video, and then facilitate an interactive discussion with your students, your parishioners, pro-life club or community group members.
If you would like us to come your school, church, or organization and give a Heart2Heart presentation, email us at Info@IllinoisRightToLife.org or call 312.422.9300.