Leah Barkoukis

 

One couple’s unique background is helping them bring a pro-life message to the black community and beyond.

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Excerpted from Townhall Magazine's February Townhall of Fame installment by Leah Barkoukis:

In 2010, the face of a worried looking African-American boy was plastered across 80 billboards in Georgia with a message any passerby would be hard-pressed to forget: “Black children are an endangered species.” In partnership with Georgia Right to Life, this was The Radiance Foundation’s first billboard campaign, highlighting that abortion is the No. 1 killer of African-Americans.

Co-founded by Ryan and Bethany Bomberger, The Radiance Foundation is an “educational life-affirming organization” that launched in 2009 and “exists to inspire people to embrace their intrinsic value and live a life of meaning,” according to its website. Through speaking engagements, media campaigns and outreach efforts, The Radiance Foundation seeks to illuminate, educate and motivate people on a number of issues from abortion and adoption to pop culture pluralism and civil rights.

Ryan, an Emmy-award winning creative director, and Bethany, a teacher, use their occupational backgrounds to shape the work they do, but it’s their stories of personal transformation that have been instrumental in mapping out the foundation’s areas of focus.

“I’m the one percent used to justify 100 percent of abortions,” Ryan tells Townhall. Despite being conceived through rape, Ryan’s biological mother courageously chose life, and he was adopted as a baby into a “loving, multi-racial Christian family of 15”—10 of which were adopted.

“Because I was so loved as an adoptee and I had such a strong foundation of love and faith from my parents, I didn’t fall apart,” Ryan says, recalling when he fully realized how he came to be.>

This experience has laid the groundwork for the organization’s outreach effort, “Adopt. Be the Hope,” which helps illuminate the beauty of adoption and educates about transracial adoption.

“Adoption has been demonized so heavily by the American eugenics movement—a movement that you see with the birth of Planned Parenthood,” he says. ...

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Leah Barkoukis

Leah Barkoukis is the Managing Editor at Townhall Magazine.

Author Photo credit: Jensen Sutta Photography