Florida Voice for the Unborn is a new grassroots Tallahassee-based lobbying group that only focuses on pro-life issues impacting the unborn!
Proverbs 31:8 commands us to “Speak out on behalf of the voiceless, and for the rights of all who are vulnerable.” In contemporary society, there is no one more vulnerable than the voiceless unborn child.
Florida Voice for the Unborn exists to positively influence laws and regulations that affect, directly and indirectly, the lives of all preborn human beings, from the moment of conception onward.
It is a Florida nonprofit corporation in existence since January 1, 2020, and it intends to function as tax-exempt under Internal Revenue Code Section 501(c)(4).
The work of Florida Voice for the Unborn is guided by faith in God’s only Son, Jesus Christ. The group seeks to attract the support of all Christians as well as other persons of good will, while operating entirely independent from any church or other organization.
Inspired by the Holy Spirit, long-time grassroots pro-life activist Andrew Shirvell founded Florida Voice for the Unborn because he was deeply troubled by the fact that the Florida Legislature failed to enact any pro-life legislation in 2019.
Mr. Shirvell’s pro-life activism goes back more than twenty years to his days as an undergraduate student at the University of Michigan in Ann Arbor. While obtaining his Bachelor of Arts in history and political science, and while working a part-time job, Mr. Shirvell served as the president of Students for Life for two years on one of the nation’s most liberal college campuses.
Upon graduation, Mr. Shirvell worked a year before entering Ave Maria School of Law, while it was still in Ann Arbor, Michigan. At Ave Maria, among other positions he held, Mr. Shirvell was president of the Bioethics Society. In May 2006, Mr. Shirvell obtained his Juris Doctorate. Before practicing law, he was employed as the deputy campaign manager of a statewide political campaign.
In the fall of 2013, Mr. Shirvell moved to Palm Coast, Florida, from his native New York State. From 2014 to 2018, Mr. Shirvell served as the facilitator of the Respect Life Ministry at St. Elizabeth Ann Seton R.C. Church. Subsequently, Mr. Shirvell joined the leadership team of the St. Augustine March for Life, and helped plan and execute the annual demonstration in the nation’s oldest city.
As the executive director of Florida Voice for the Unborn, Mr. Shirvell runs our day-to-day activities from Tallahassee, which include lobbying lawmakers and other officials; issuing “grassroots action alerts” and press releases; managing our e-mail list and social media accounts; and raising operational funds.
For more detailed information about Mr. Shirvell, please see his extensive LinkedIn profile.