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Lois’s Blog

In Light of Recent Events

After thoughtful consideration, counsel, and prayer, I have made the decision to postpone the Oregon March for Life. There is always a level of unpredictability that is a part of this event. Counter-protesters and others have tried to disrupt it, thankfully without success. However, the safety of our advocates, staff, and volunteers has and will…

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A Wildfire of Compassion

As I write, a heavy layer of smoke is covering the sky above the Oregon Right to Life office. The impact of wildfires is reaching across Oregon. The loss of life and property is weighing heavily on my heart. My daughter, who is attending college in Virginia, called to check on us. She was feeling…

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Turning Challenges Into Growth Opportunities

So what now? We are in a time of uncertainty rivaling any most of us have experienced. I found recently that a web-based journal for emergency preparedness noted that unprecedented was the word of the year for 2019. I wonder what word they will possibly choose for 2020? I am sure that each one of us is…

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How We Are Responding to COVID-19

When 2020 began, so did our fiftieth year of advocacy. While we are sad to still be needed 50 years later, we are proud to still be here and growing. We did not expect for things to change so quickly. The impact of the novel coronavirus is profound: half of my staff is working from…

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Non Nobis Solum Nati Sumus

Cicero said, “Non nobis solum nati sumus.” Not for ourselves alone are we born. Not for ourselves alone do we quarantine. Not for ourselves alone do we work and advocate. This week has been hard. Our PAC board needed to make a very difficult decision. It’s one of the hardest I’ve participated in during my 20+ year tenure at ORTL.…

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