The ‘Lex Vitae’ or Law of Life Summit which took place at Ave Maria School of Law on the weekend, saw a flurry of activity including a personhood debate, talks from pro-life leaders, the Terri Schiavo Memorial Mass, a pro-life race for life, the closing ceremony for 40 Days for Life, and the second annual ‘vitae fest’ complete with a bounce house, dunk tank and pony rides.
Pro-life leaders who gathered for the summit at the Catholic law school on Friday stressed that unity in the pro-life movement requires humility from all those involved. Discussion noted that the wide variety of initiatives in the pro-life movement can be a source of division if those involved in particular measures deem their activities all-important while belittling the different works of others.
The key, said several leaders present, is to be humble enough to respect that initiatives different from one’s own are nevertheless also geared to protecting life. Should there be disagreement over tactics, apart from gravely harmful approaches, concerns should be passed along privately without public detraction.
The Law of Life Summit saw leaders represent many such initiatives, including personhood, legal strategies, fundraising, graphic images, political lobbying, voter registration, education, side-walk counseling, pro-life media, picketing, prayer vigils, anti-euthanasia efforts, and more.
Leaders present included: Bobby Schindler of Terri Schiavo Life and Hope Network; Brad Mattes of Life Issues Institute; Fr. Denis Wilde of Priests for Life; Patrick Novecosky of Legatus; Lauren Muzyka of 40 Days for Life; Brother Paul of the Franciscan Brothers of Peace; John-Henry Westen of LifeSiteNews.com; and Ave Maria School of Law’s own Patrecia Ming of the Black Law Students Association