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Second-Glance Advocacy

There is an artist I admire named Charlie French. Charlie is an abstract expressionist and 29-year-old man with Down syndrome. Like all abstract artists, his paintings offer a different and moving perspective on familiar scenes. Initially, all you might see are layers of color, textures and forms that don’t make sense. But upon further study,…

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Abortion is Not “Essential”

In Oregon, Governor Kate Brown made decisions about what businesses and industries were “essential” during the year-long shutdown in response to the COVID-19 pandemic.  Health care providers were deemed “non-essential” on March 19, 2020 when Gov. Brown signed an executive order calling for the temporary end of all elective procedures. Hospitals, clinics and dentist offices,…

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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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