EVANSVILLE, IN (WFIE) - Once again, more than 2,000 people attended the Right to Life Banquet at Old National Events Plaza Thursday.
The annual pro-life event is the largest in the country, which raises money and awareness to educate the public about abortion.
Sarah Palin’s appearance at Right to Life of Southwest Indiana’s annual banquet 10 years ago drew vast attention, but this year’s speaker might be the first to be pardoned by a president.
Conservative author and filmmaker Dinesh D’Souza was this year’s key note speaker.
D’Souza’s latest film, Death of a Nation, was released this past August and Hillary’s America was the #1 documentary of 2016.
Highlights and challenges this year for Right to Life were discussed before D’Souza took the stage.
The organization is in the midst of fighting a growing Planned Parenthood nationwide.
“It’s no longer doing business as usual," the event’s emcee, Johnny Kincaid said. “It’s the fact that we now have a $90 million dollar freight train coming straight at us.”
Kincaid is referring to a merger that happened earlier this year. Indiana and Kentucky joined Planned Parenthood’s western alliance to fight new abortion restrictions in the Midwest and South. The pro-choice organization’s annual budget has now grown to $80 to $90 million. More health centers are popping up, and sixteen of those are in Indiana and two are in Kentucky, according to a recent report by the Associated Press.
Speakers at the event challenged those in the crowd to donate double than what they did last year to Right to Life.
Note: Unfortunately due to our television deadline, we did not catch D’Souza on stage.