logo2016 300x177 Save the Date for SpeakOut Illinois!

Please save Saturday, January 30, 2016 for the SpeakOut Illinois 2016 conference that will be held at the Chicago Marriott Oak Brook. SpeakOut Illinois is a coalition of over 40 pro-life and pro-family organizations in Illinois, and the Fellowship of St. James is a member.

2016 Conference Theme: Illinois Lives Matter!

Keynote speaker: Dr. Anthony Levatino

Life is Fragile: Handle With Care

Having performed abortions as part of his obstetrical practice in the early 1980s, Dr. Levatino experienced a profound change of heart. Since then, he has continued his pro-life efforts to turn back the tide on the culture of death brought by the U.S. Supreme Court’s Roe v. Wade decision. He will speak on fetal development, prenatal testing and what abortion—during both first and second trimesters—actually does to a baby.

Plenary Speaker: Dan Proft

Children Left Behind? Adoption, Special Needs & the Sad State of Illinois Children

Radio talk show host (WIND-AM 560) and former Republican candidate for governor, Mr. Proft will speak on adoption and the dismal lack of funding for parents with children with disabilities in Illinois.

Plenary Panel: Facing an Unexpected Prenatal Diagnosis

  • Colleen Malloy, Associate Clinician at Northwestern University Feinberg School of Medicine, board certified in Neonatology and Pediatrics, neonatologist for Lurie Children’s Hospital. She will speak from a medical and scientific perspective on the facts about prenatal diagnoses.
  • Jeannie French, health consultant, will a poor prenatal diagnosis for her twins and being pressured to abort. She chose life; one twin died shortly after birth and the other survived.
  • Mary Kellett, Founder of Prenatal Partners for Life, will talk about the work of this non-profit ministry that offers practical support, information and encouragement to families that receive an adverse diagnosis before or after the birth of their child.

Also concurrent with the conference, Generations for Life is excited to bring you TeenSpeak 2016, Illinois’ largest annual pro-life teen conference.

TeenSpeak 2016 is open to high school and college-age teens, and adults who work with them—teachers, youth ministers, pro-life club moderators, parents, etc.

TeenSpeak 2016 will feature Josh Brahm of the Equal Rights Institute. Josh has worked in the pro-life movement since he was 18. After 12 years of full-time pro-life work he launched Equal Rights Institute to maximize his impact for the movement, focusing on rigorous philosophy and relational apologetics.

The TeenSpeak 2016 conference will begin at 9:00 a.m. and will conclude at 2:30 p.m.

For more information on Speak Out Illinois and Teen Speak, please visit http://speakoutillinois.org/index.php.