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Movie director, former Michigan supreme court justice among featured speakers at Right to Life of Michigan Conference


September 17, 2015 - Right to Life of Michigan will be holding their 42nd Annual Conference on Thursday, September 24 in Lansing. Jim Hanon, noted filmmaker and director of the 2005 movie End of the Spear, will be the featured speaker. Robin Sullivan from WMUZ will be broadcasting her drive-time radio show The Praise Company during the Conference.

Jim Hanon is a former vice president at a worldwide advertising agency headquartered in Chicago and currently is an independent filmmaker working on a variety of projects. He is the creative force behind many Right to Life of Michigan television advertisements, including the stories of the Compassion Project currently airing statewide. Currently Hanon is the head filmmaker at Minus Red in Rhode Island. In the past he has served as the co-founder and chief creative officer of Hanon McKendry and later Compass Arts, both in Grand Rapids.

Judge James L. Ryan will be accepting Right to Life of Michigan’s annual Life Achievement Award. Judge Ryan formerly served as a judge of the United States Court of Appeals for the Sixth Circuit and the Michigan Supreme Court. Judge Ryan is being honored for his role in helping defeat a proposal to legalize abortion in Michigan in 1972 and as the first president of Right to Life of Michigan, then known as Michigan Citizens for Life.

“We’re excited to feature such wonderful and committed prolife people at our Conference this year,” said Right to Life of Michigan president Barbara Listing. “Our theme this year is ‘changing minds with a compassionate heart,’ and both Jim and Judge Ryan have demonstrated how that can be done.”

Other speakers and workshops are scheduled. Included is a panel discussion featuring parents of children diagnosed with or living with disabilities talking about how society and our medical system often pushes abortion on families in vulnerable situations. Also featured is a workshop on the issue of euthanasia, recently in the news with California being on the verge of legalizing assisted suicide, and England and Wales recently rejecting a bill to do the same.

“There is an appallingly high abortion rate for children diagnosed in the womb with a disability, and society rarely hears about this ongoing tragedy,” Listing said.

The Conference will be held at the Radisson Hotel Lansing at the Capitol. Registrations are $55 on or before September 18, and $65 following. There are special discounts for students or groups. Registration, information, and a full list of speakers can be found at the Right to Life of Michigan website, www.RTL.org.

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