Catholic Transcript Magazine of the Roman Catholic Archdiocese of Hartford Connecticut

Wednesday, May 23, 2018

yale vita veritas 8399 webFrom left, pro-life activist Abby Johnson talks with student organizers Courtney Horton, Jenna McGuire and Evy Behling at the fifth Vita et Veritas Conference at Yale University Oct. 6 and 7.

Johnson, a former Planned Parenthood clinic director, was the keynote speaker at the opening banquet on Oct. 6 at the Omni Hotel in New Haven.

The conference drew nearly 200 attendees to the Thomas E. Golden Jr. Center at Yale. The theme of the conference was "Pro-Life Is Pro-Woman." Speakers and participants explored the relationship between the pro-life movement and the promotion of women's rights.

The Vita et Veritas Conference was founded in 2013 by a team of students in Choose Life at Yale led by Horton. McGuire is director of the Vita et Veritas team and Behling is director emeritus.

Other speakers included Daniel K. Williams, associate professor of history at the University of West Georgia and author of Defenders of the Unborn: The Pro-Life Movement Before Roe v. Wade; Arina Grossu, director of the Center for Human Dignity​; and Christina Bennett, client services manager at ABC Women's Center

The Vita et Veritas Conference aims to spark pro-life thought to Yale and to engage the pro-life communities of other universities. Organizers design the conference to help and inspire others to advocate for the lives of the unborn.