Part two in a series of posts profiling pro-life attorneys who use their JDs to promote a culture of life in a variety of different ways. Click here to read the first installment profiling Amy Pedagno.
Michael Acquilano is a 25 year old currently living in South Carolina. He studied Corporate Finance and Accounting at Bentley University, International Finance at Ecole Supérieure de Commerce de Rouen in Paris, and law at Ave Maria School of Law.
From a young age, Acquilano’s parents taught him what it means to be pro-life. When Acquilano was two years old, his 28-year-old parents opened their first Birthright pregnancy center in Victor, New York. Some of Acquilano’s earliest memories include protesting outside of Planned Parenthood with his siblings. During college, Acquilano organized buses to go to the National Pro-Life March. He went on to become a Wilberforce Fellow with Students for Life of America and to serve as President of the pro-life Lex Vitae Society at Ave Maria School of Law.
Acquilano became even more on fire for the pro-life cause when he spent time in sub Saharan Africa. While in Ghana, Acquilano traveled from village to village to help poor farmers start their own businesses. There he discovered Planned Parenthood was already in these villages, spreading a very different message which applied the principles of Margaret Sanger’s eugenics movement. Acquilano returned to the United States with a mission and purpose; to end abortion in America and in so doing eliminate the American perpetuation of Margaret Sanger’s eugenics movement among our international community
Acquilano’s advice to those in law school is to be sure to look for God’s will. He originally intended to study tax law, however, God had other plans. Acquilano is happier in his current job than he thought was humanely possible. He feels a great sense of purpose and fulfillment in his current position, and is able to effectuate change in his daily job. So he advises students to let God direct their actions. Once you let God in the driver’s seats, without complaints, wonderful things will happen.
Editor’s Note: Michael Acquilano serves as a volunteer advisor to Law Students for Life of America, and will be a featured speaker at the 2014 National Bioethics Summit in January, just before the National Pro-Life March. To hear Michael, other successful pro-life student leaders and renowned medical and legal experts at the Summit, email Law@studentsforlife.org to register. Click here for more details. Seating is very limited, so contact us to reserve your seat immediately!
About the Author
Erin Stoyell-Mulholland is a junior at the University of Notre Dame, where she is president of Notre Dame’s Right to Life group. She hopes to pursue a full time career in the pro-life movement. Follow Erin on twitter @erin_sto_mo and read her blog at thenewprolife.blogspot.com