Ryan Dobson speaks at New Life Counseling’s Pro-Life Banquet

By By Frank DiCesare / American Press

Teach your children right from wrong and take responsibility for your actions.

Those were the messages author and

radio host Ryan Dobson presented Tuesday night in his keynote address at

New Life Counseling’s

23rd Annual Pro-Life Banquet.

“If your children don’t know where you are tonight, please tell them,” Dobson said to the more than 800 people in James E.

Sudduth Memorial Coliseum at the Lake Charles Civic Center. “Tell them why you are here. This is the hand of God.”

A father of two children, Dobson is the

adopted son of Focus on the Family founder James Dobson and his wife,

Shirley. In

his address, Dobson talked about his birth mother and how she

chose adoption over abortion as a pregnant teenager in the late

1960s. He also recalled how his adoptive parents prayed for four

years for a child before adopting him into their family.

Dobson is an advocate for youth and crisis pregnancy centers. He is an ardent supporter of adoption, especially for troubled


“Between my house and my parents house, which is only five minutes away, there is a Planned Parenthood abortion clinic,” Dobson

said. “I drive past it all the time, and I get tense and I get angry. And there is always someone outside, and it doesn’t

matter how cold it is or how hot it is, there’s a group of people outside that says, pray to end abortion.”

Dobson said his 6-year-old son, Lincoln, once asked who the people were standing outside the clinic. In response, Dobson told

his son, “Lincoln, those people love babies.”

“And I cannot believe that someday very soon I’ll have to explain to him that that’s not true in our country — that some people

don’t love babies,” he added. “And then he will understand why I’m here.”

Founded in 1984, New Life Counseling is

the Lake Charles-based pregnancy resource center. Jeanne LeBato, the

center’s executive

director, said New Life Counseling provides free and confidential

services and assistance for women of all ages and creeds.

“We do not discriminate,” she said. “We counsel people of all socioeconomic backgrounds, married and unmarried. We provide

free pregnancy testing, options counseling in regards to their choices. We explain all of the different types of abortion

procedures and the risks that are associated with them.”

LeBato added that the center also focuses on adoption “as a very loving option for placement and parenting.”

“If (couples) decide they do not want

to have another baby, the loving option of adoption is made available to

them,” she

said. “They can choose life for the child and then go about their

life without the guilt or the depression of ending a child’s

life through the abortion process.”