Baltimore, MD (January 27, 2014) – On December 12, VFL ended its first semester with an exclusive luncheon at Gertrude’s with Dr. Ben Carson, the world-renown Director Emeritus of Pediatric Neurosurgery at Johns Hopkins Hospital.
This past spring, VFL appeared on Fox News during their dispute with the SGA for recognition as a student group at the same time Dr. Carson was being pressured to step down as the School of Medicine’s commencement speaker for his comments about gay marriage. Dr. Ben Carson later said in a radio interview that he was “very encouraged” by the strong principled stand of JHU Voice for Life when he saw VFL’s Monica Rex quoting him in a local Fox News interview saying, “Somebody has to stand up to the bullies of political correctness!”
Students from JHU Voice for Life attended the Students for Life of America National Conference on Tuesday, January 21. The event took place at First Baptist Church of Glenarden in Upper Marlboro, Maryland outside of Washington, DC. There were 2,600 high school and college students for the event, which lasted from 8am to 9pm. Speakers for the event included Stephanie Gray, the executive director of the Canadian Centre for Bio-Ethical Reform; Ryan Bomberger, the Chief Creative Officer of The Radiance Foundation who spoke at Hopkins during Voice for Life’s Respect Life Week; Kristan Hawkins, President of Students for Life; Sally Winn, Vice President for Feminists for Life; Jim Bob and Michelle Duggar from the longest running reality show on the TLC network, “19 Kids and Counting”.
Of the 99 new pro-life groups that
were started this year on college campuses around the United States, JHU Voice for Life was named the Best New Pro-Life Group of the Year by SFLA. JHU Voice for Life was commended for their excellence in campus and community activism, which included a Cemetery of the Innocents display in October, a speaking engagement with Ryan Bomberger, a candlelight vigil ceremony, and a private luncheon with Dr. Ben Carson. JHU Voice for Life was presented with a $500 award to continue their pro-life efforts on campus. Voice for Life plans on using the money from the award for a Pregnant on Campus initiative that will serve to make pregnancy services more available to students and to make JHU a friendlier to parenting students and their babies.
JHU VFL also took a group of twelve on the annual March for Life in Washington, DC on January 22 with a banner featuring their new group logo, joining hundreds of thousands of other young people from across the country to protest the 41st anniversary of Roe v. Wade. The March for Life is the world’s largest pro-life event, and the freezing temperatures and snow certainly did not deter JHU Voice for Life from participating.
Director of Public Relations, JHU Voice for Life
President, JHU Voice for Life