Launch Reboots for Summer 2021

In 2000, Oregon Right to Life held our first pro-life leadership retreat for students ages 16 to 21. Initially called Camp Joshua, then Launch, the retreat has gathered approximately 25 young adults every spring break for more than two decades to be trained by leading pro-life apologists and experts on various pro-life topics. In 2020, […]

Myrna Shaneyfelt Receives ORTL’s Life of Faith Award

With grey hair, a kind smile and a gentle demeanor, 84-year-old Myrna Shaneyfelt looks every bit of the nice grandmother she is. But what most Oregonians fail to see when glancing at the longtime Grants Pass woman is the fierceness underneath, the backbone of steel, the never-say-die energy of a small-town human rights legend.  “Myrna […]

Bentz Displays Consistent Values in Congress

The same week he was sworn in, Rep. Cliff Bentz, Oregon’s newest member of Congress from the 2nd district, signed a letter to Congressional leadership pledging support for the Hyde Amendment. The Hyde Amendment is a long-standing bipartisan policy preventing federal tax dollars from funding abortions – a policy that President Biden supported until his […]

Positive COVID Tests Grind Legislature to a Halt

With a single-party supermajority and completely online testimony, the 81st Oregon Legislative Assembly should be humming along at a substantial pace. Instead, COVID-19 slowed it to a crawl: in mid-March, two positive COVID cases shut down the House of Representatives for over a week. This closure occurred directly before critical deadlines all legislation had to […]

Envisioning a Pro-Life America

Melody DurrettORTL President What would America look like if abortion were not only illegal but socially unthinkable?  I remember the first time someone challenged me to envision what would be different about an abortion-free country versus our current one. How would our nation act if the violence of abortion was considered abominable? Might it change […]