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University of California-Berkeley pro-life conference to ‘expose’ abortion industry

.- Two California-based student and young adult pro-life groups are co-sponsoring a conference on April 25 at the University of California at Berkeley on the theme of “exposing” abortion. Organizers hope to expose the “corruption” and “violence” in the abortion industry while also training activists and learning from pro-life leaders.

The conference, titled “Exposing Abortion: the Eighth Annual Celebrate Life Conference,” is co-sponsored by Live Action and California Students for Life.

California Students for Life has affiliates at eight universities in the state, while Live Action has earned a name for itself by conducting undercover investigations exposing Planned Parenthood staffers who ignored mandatory state reporting requirements for suspected cases of statutory rape.

“We are dedicated to exposing the corruption in the abortion industry and showing abortion for what it really is -- an act of violence against our pre-born brothers and sisters,” an announcement for the conference says.

The event is intended for “anyone who wants to end abortion” and not just college students. It reportedly will feature student activist training, interactive break-out sections, and speeches from the “most dedicated” pro-life advocates of the present day.

Speakers include Lila Rose, president of Live Action; Rev. Walter Hoye of Issues4Life, who is currently serving a 30-day jail sentence for violating Oakland’s ‘bubble ordinance’ outside an abortion clinic; Kristan Hawkins, executive director of Students for Life of America; Gregg Cunningham, executive director of the Center for Bioethical Reform; and Gianna Jessen, an abortion survivor.

Preliminary plans have scheduled the conference for the 150-seat capacity Lipman Room in Barrows Hall on the University of California at Berkeley campus. David Daleiden, conference spokesman and director of research for Live Action, said any change in location will be announced before April 25, the day of the conference.

The conference is scheduled to last from 9 to 5 pm. The $10 admission charge includes breakfast.

More information is available at the event co-sponsors’ web sites www.castudentsforlife.org and www.LiveActionFilms.org


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