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From left, Everest Collegiate High School Life Club members Kayla DiSalle, Haley Ross, and Kersten Engel. and, from right, Gabe Fenske, Shanon DiSalle, Damon Nallamothu, and Bridget Smith meet with Rick Santorum at the fund raiser. (click for larger version)
August 15, 2012 - For former presidential candidate Rick Santorum, young people like Everest Collegiate High School Life Club members are what his pro-life message is about.

"It's so encouraging to see young people like this, as pro life as any generation in the country," said Santorum at the Birth Choice Pregnancy Resource Center fund raiser, Aug. 9.

"They're one of the reasons I'm glad to do this," said the former U.S. senator, Republican, Pennsylvania. "They realize they're survivors, that after Roe v Wade, the most dangerous place for them and their peers was the womb."

The Clarkston students ran the registration tables at the fund raiser in Shelby Township. Supporters lined up for a private reception with Santorum, then dinner and a speech.

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"I'm really happy he's here," said Gabriel Fenske, senior and president of the Life Club at Everest, in Independence Township. "He helps generate a lot of interest in the pro-life movement at the high school level, where it's needed the most."

"It's exciting to see someone so pro-life, and who shows it," said Bridget Smith, also club president.

Smith, a sophomore, has been a club member for two years.

"I feel strongly prolife and decided to help make a difference, so I joined the club," she said.

Club members participate in marches in Washington D.C. and 40 Days for Life in Clarkston and Flint, as well as help out at the center.

The center, at 5770 S. Main Street in Independence Township, provides pre-natal education, counseling, referrals, pregnancy tests, clothing and supplies, and other services to women in need of help.

"There are many loving and caring people involved, helping out in a difficult situation," Santorum said. "Saving the baby is a huge focus, but it's more than that – it takes a lot of love and support to make sure abortion isn't a mom's only choice.

For more information on the Birth Choice center, call 248-620-5353.

Phil is editor for The Clarkston News. He is a veteran of the first Iraq war, having served in the U.S. Army.
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