Rachel Crawford’s Speaking Page

 

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An Overview of this Page

This page provides an overview of what I have to offer, along with a taste of what you can expect.

  • What You Can Expect
  • A Little Bit About Me
  • Speech Description
  • What Others Are Saying
  • My Previous Engagements
  • The Next Step


What You Can Expect

Here’s what you can expect from me.

  1. Prompt, professional replies to your phone calls and email messages.
  2. A personal phone consultation with me prior to your event, so I can better understand how I can best serve you and your audience.
  3. An announcement about your event on my blog and social media channels. (This assumes that your event is open to the public and you want additional visibility for it.)
  4. A professionally prepared, dynamically delivered presentation focused on achieving the outcomes you want with your audience.

 

A Little Bit About Me

Rachel is a speaker, writer, and trainer with Equal Rights Institute. Rachel graduated in 2017 from the University of Michigan with a Biopsychology, Cognition, and Neuroscience major and Women’s Studies: Gender and Health minor. She was the president of the Students for Life club at the University of Michigan, leading their efforts to educate students on pro-life topics and to advocate for pregnant and parenting students.

      • Rachel is also a former staff member of the pregnancy medical center, ArborWoman. She formerly served on their Operations Committee and participated as a volunteer in their ministry.
      • Rachel wants the pro-life movement to be known for its love. “I want us to be courageous enough to speak with charity about abortion. Having a loving approach when presenting a good argument is a sign of strength, not weakness. We cannot allow our anger towards abortion to be directed at those who support its legality. Pro-life people care not just about the unborn, but about all people, and we need them to know that.” This is what Rachel’s pro-choice friend Amanda had to say about talking to her:

I have known Rachel Crawford for two years; we met through a friend of a friend. In the initial stages of the friendship, we bonded over jokes and busy work that encompassed our classes. However, as time passed and we grew tired of small talk, we pivoted towards more complex topics: specifically, abortion. As a fervent supporter of the pro-choice movement, I was at first surprised by Rachel’s views. Once she told me her stance, I was worried that our friendship would turn bitter from the result of a screaming match (like most discussions are with politics do). Yet, I could have not been more wrong.

Rachel is a person that calmly explains her views and presents them in a logical manner. To be honest, I typically lose all respect for people who are pro-life (once they lament their positions). They usually use reasoning that doesn’t connect with me such as religious views, to argue their stance. Sometimes Rachel will use her religion as a point, but it is never the focus of the argument, which I find highly commendable. Rachel is the only pro-life supporter that I have met that I didn’t want to strangle after a conversation. I have the utmost respect for her.

Although I don’t agree with the pro-life movement, I wholeheartedly believe that Rachel can leave a mark and create more interest in the movement for younger audiences. Rachel is a weapon and a resource that should (and can) be widely utilized for the pro-life movement.

 



Speech Description

Understanding and Responding to “My Body, My Choice”
The strongest pro-choice argument is one that grants the entire pro-life case that the unborn is a full human being (like an adult). But it goes on to claim that abortion should still be legal because women have a right to control their own bodies. Pro-life advocates shouldn’t be so quick to dismiss these “bodily rights” arguments, but they also don’t need to be afraid of them. Whether you’re a seasoned veteran or new to sharing the pro-life message, I will give you a roadmap for making a powerful case against these arguments. The audience will leave ready to engage any pro-choice advocate who defends abortion with “bodily rights” arguments.

 

What Others Are Saying

“Rachel is articulate and thoughtful and her presentations effectively engage every audience. She has delivered the pro-life message one on one for years as a college student on a secular campus. With grace and professionalism, Rachel teaches her audience how to use words to build bridges of consideration rather than walls.”

~ Iris Proctor, Executive Director, ArborWoman Pregnancy Medical Center

 

“Rachel is a fearless, engaging speaker, relatable to both teens and adults.  She teaches pro-lifers how to understand pro-choicers and thereby meet them where they are are, using dialogue approaches that actually make them think instead of making them angry.”

~ Claudia Taniguchi, Faculty Advisor to the Pro-Life Club at Mercy High School

 

“Rachel Crawford came to our high school religious education classes and spoke in front of 200 students about the pro-life movement and how we as Catholics can better answer that call to live our lives so they reflect our beliefs. She also demonstrated how we can better approach those who disagree with our beliefs and bring them to a better understanding of what human life is and how we should respect it. Ms. Crawford has a vast knowledge of the pro-life movement and is able to help others grow in this knowledge without overwhelming them, making the whole topic seem simple without losing its importance. Her presentation stirred up a desire for all of us to go forth and strengthen the movement.”

~ Jordan Spitzley, Youth Minister/DRE, St. Mary’s Church, Westphalia, MI

My Previous Engagements

Kutztown University, Kutztown, PA
Oregon Right to Life Conference
St. Mary’s Catholic Church, Westphalia MI
Father Gabriel Richard High School, Ann Arbor, MI
Mercy High School, Farmington Hills, MI
University of Michigan, Ann Arbor
Right to Life of Shaiwassee County Annual Banquet
ArborWoman Pregnancy Medical Center Fundraising Banquet
St. Luke’s Lutheran Church, Ann Arbor MI
Ave Maria Radio, Catholic Connection with Teresa Tomeo

 

The Next Step

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