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Alan Keyes visits Alpena

News Photo by Steve Schulwitz Alan Keyes, center, anti-abortion activist and a former U.S. ambassador and presidential candidate, mingles with the crowd Thursday at the Night of Light event hosted by Options Pregnancy Center.

ALPENA — Conservative activist and Right for Life supporter Alan Keyes was the guest speaker at the Night of Light event hosted by Options Pregnancy Center on Thursday at the APlex.

Some ticketholders, for $500, were able to attend a meet-and-greet with Keyes, which was followed by dinner and the keynote address. Tickets to the dinner were $50. The event is a fundraiser for Options Pregnancy Center, which helps women understand their options when they have an unplanned pregnancy.

Keyes ran for president in 1996, 2000, and 2008, but was defeated in the primary elections each time. He also served under President Ronald Reagan as ambassador to the Economic and Social Council of the United Nations, and as Reagan’s assistant secretary of state for international organization affairs from 1985 to 1987.

His message Thursday included his interpretation of the U.S. Constitution, which he believes opposes abortion. He offered his opinions on Roe v. Wade and why he believes the U.S. Supreme Court opinion that legalized abortion should have been allowed to sunset.

Keyes speaks around the country and appears on news networks as an analyst. He also is an author and travels the country speaking on anti-abortion issues.