Legendary Notre Dame Football coach Lou Holtz praised the Vitae Foundation audience at their Jefferson City Pro-Life Events on Monday and Tuesday, saying, “People went into burning buildings on 9/11 and saved a bunch of lives. They are considered heroes. What you’re doing is every bit as important as what they did because you’re trying to save lives as well.”
An avid Vitae supporter, Coach Holtz addressed nearly 900 fellow Vitae supporters at the Capitol Plaza Hotel ballroom in Jefferson City, Missouri on Monday night. An additional 250 partners in the community gathered for a breakfast event at the hotel Tuesday morning. He even spoke with area high school students and Special Olympians before the breakfast on Tuesday. Read Jefferson City News-Tribune article.
Vitae President Rob Rysavy set the tone for the evening by pointing out there have been 20,000 September 11s in the womb in this country since the Roe v Wade decision. He noted the Pregnancy Help Centers that Vitae is privileged to collaborate with are on the front lines of trying to stop what is the worst human rights tragedy in the world today, without exception.
“Who will speak for the voiceless?” Rysavy asked. “Maybe you’re not aware of this, but it’s all of you.”
The new Vitae president pointed out that support of Vitae turns into research, which turns into media and messaging, which helps find that woman who is struggling and helps get her into that center, where she can make a life-affirming decision.
Vitae Founder Carl Landwehr shared that Vitae received a “huge blessing” last summer from the estate of Frank and Gertrude Kaemmerlin. He told the story of this couple from the “Greatest Generation” who believed in helping others.
“They worked hard, believed that life is sacred, and blessed Vitae with the ability to carry out its seventh research study,” Landwehr announced.
That research study pulled back the curtain and exposed the horror and devastation known as Planned Parenthood. Vitae Senior Market Director Stacey Kromer reported that women interviewed were from four major media markets: Los Angeles, Chicago, New York City, and Miami, where abortion numbers are catastrophic.
One of the findings is that Planned Parenthood’s promises of “healthcare” are deceptive. “Women are so desperate and afraid that the will tolerate poor treatment. A woman from New York stated: ‘They take your money and do it, but they don’t care about the effects.’ We’re the good guys!” Kromer reiterated. “That’s why our messages are critical. They direct abortion-vulnerable women to PHCs where they will receive the compassionate support they are so desperately seeking.”
The retired Notre Dame Football coach showed emotion when talking about abortion advocates and their attempts to change the language over the years.
“Fetus is a Latin word meaning unborn child. They (National Abortion Rights Action League—NARAL) had to change that. ‘No, it’s just a clump of cells.’ No it’s not. They want to change the vocabulary, but the fact is an unborn child, after 18 days, starts to have a heartbeat. It starts to form eyes, ears, bones,” Holtz said. “They didn’t like the name (abortion), so they called it ‘pro-choice.’ They want to be politically correct and deceive people. It still comes down to the fact that we’re depriving thousands of Americans the inalienable right to life, liberty, and the pursuit of happiness.”
Known for his ability to use humor to make a point, this was evident in Holtz’s talk from start to finish at both events.
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