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

Last Modified: Wednesday, October 02, 2013 10:41 AM

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 children.

“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.”

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