Stephanie Gray to Keynote March for Life Conference in Washington, D.C. on January 18th, 2018

 

MEDIA ADVISORY

Gray will share her story of sacrifice and life-affirming love that went viral earlier this year after her presentation at Google

WASHINGTON, D.C. – March for Life is excited to announce that Stephanie Gray, pro-life activist and co-founder of the Canadian Centre for Bio-Ethical Reform, will be the keynote speaker at the March for Life Conference, held the day before the March for Life, on Thursday January 18th, 2018 in Washington D.C. Best known for her viral “Talks at Google” presentation on abortion that outperformed Planned Parenthood President Cecile Richards’s talk within its first 24 hours, Stephanie Gray will be the perfect fit for the March for Life Conference – which is designed to provide marchers with in-depth education, information and training tools to take back to their communities and make a difference for life.

“Stephanie Gray is an incredibly gifted thinker and presenter; she is eloquent, engaging, persuasive, and gracious on the most sensitive of topics. Her recent talk at Google Headquarters ‘Abortion: From Controversy to Civility’ clearly resonated with people, going viral quickly as it amassed over 110,000 views. By comparison a Google Talk speech by Cecile Richards, president of Planned Parenthood, one month prior received just over 1,000 views,” noted Jeanne Mancini, President of the March for Life. “Stephanie will inspire march for life conference attendees with the message that choosing life is not always easy, but it is the loving, empowering, and self-sacrificial option.”

WHAT: March for Life Conference

WHEN: January 18th, 2018

9AM ET – 12PM ET

WHERE: Renaissance Washington D.C. Downtown Hotel

999 Ninth Street NW

Washington, D.C. 20001

SPEAKERS:

  • Stephanie Gray, pro-life activist and co-founder of the Canadian Centre for Bio-Ethical Reform

*More Speakers TBA

For more information please visit: http://marchforlife.org/mfl-2018/conference/ or contact Kate Bryan at kbryan@crcpublicrelations.com

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A Jewish Pro-Life Perspective

 

Guest Blog Post by Cecily Routman, Founder of the Jewish Pro-Life Foundation

In 2006, NPR broadcast a program on the Supreme Court review of the Partial Birth Abortion Ban Act of 2003. The broadcast featured a pro-abortion Jewish woman defending her right to a partial birth abortion. She based her right to practice infanticide on her religious beliefs and her civil liberties. For many years I remained neutral and uninformed about the abortion issue. I was bewildered that this Jewish woman believed that our religion and our country allowed such an action – and I wondered if she was right!

It concerned me that anyone, Jew or Gentile, listening to the broadcast would be led to think that she represented the voice of the entire Jewish community. Classically observant, religious Jews, who hold pro-life convictions, weren’t available for comment.  I searched and found not one Jewish pro-life organization that could counteract the strident pro-abortion voices coming out of the Jewish community. This disturbing incident compelled me to learn the history, reality, and current views on the social, legal, medical, spiritual, and Jewish attitudes on abortion.

Traditional Judaism is a pro-life religion. It emphasizes the sanctity of human life from conception to unequivocal death. Human life is intrinsically valuable; preserving life is a moral imperative; all lives are equal; all life belongs to God. Essentially, abortion is judged to be the unwarranted taking of a life within a life. It is prohibited, just as murder is prohibited.

Traditional Judaism requires that unborn life be protected, but it also requires that it be sacrificed to save the mother from imminent physical death, originally relating only to cases of breech birth in a time before cesarean delivery.

The Holy Temple, the center of Jewish biblical law, was destroyed in 70 CE. Before this catastrophic event, Jewish legal opinion on abortion reflected this almost universal prohibition and sole exception. Afterward, the dispersion of Jewish populations into surrounding pagan cultures led to an upheaval of Jewish social and legal norms. Over centuries, rabbinical legal opinions on abortion reflected more secular attitudes. The requirement to use abortion in one rare situation became the misguided and tragic basis for the absolutely false declaration that abortion is legal in Judaism without restriction.

According to a May 2016 Gallop Poll entitled “US Religious Groups Disagree on Five Key Moral Issues,” 76% of Jews in America today believe that abortion is morally acceptable. Many of these Jews actively promote pro-abortion legislation and the use of abortion in their communities and families. They support Planned Parenthood and consider fetal organ sales a tool of moral medical research. They have been thoroughly conditioned to believe that elective abortion throughout the entire pregnancy is good for women. Many rabbis who feel justified religiously and socially, support abortion rights and deliver pro-abortion messages to their congregants.

I started the Jewish Pro-Life Foundation as a way to insert a Jewish pro-life voice into the public conversation, to provide pro-life information specifically to Jews, to build a Jewish pro-life community, and to offer a Jewish healing program for our silent suffering post abortive men and women.

The Foundation is a 501(c)3 family funded educational organization. We are not affiliated with any Jewish denomination, political organization, or the messianic movement. Established Jewish religious and social organizations, fearing a loss of financial support from pro-abortion donors, react to us with hostility, indifference, or skepticism. We circumvent these obstacles by relying on social media, advertising, letter writing, speaking opportunities, and public participation in pro-life activities to share our message. Our Facebook page has 1804 likes and 4.4 stars! The website draws many thousands of visitors. Our pro-life community is growing!

Each year that we attend The March for Life we are enthusiastically welcomed by many in the crowd. Our participation began in 2008. Completely overwhelmed, I cried the entire time. In 2009, we brought our large banner with us. A young Jewish woman appeared out of the crowd, excited and relieved to connect with us. A Jewish man also appeared, glad of the support.

We’ve met a group of pro-life Orthodox Jews from New York who carry signs declaring, “ Abortion is Bloodshed “ and “ The Almighty Forbids Abortion”. In 2014, Gus Lloyd of Catholic Radio interviewed us. After the March this past year we connected with a pro-life Jewish woman who published an article in The Forward online newspaper entitled, “What Does It Mean To Be Jewish And Pro-Life?  We look forward to participating again next year, grateful that we are welcome among other pro-life Americans.

In Deuteronomy 30:19, our Heavenly Father clearly declares, “ I call heaven and earth to witness against you this day, that I have set before thee life and death, the blessing and the curse; therefore, choose life, that thou mayest live, thou and thy seed. “

We embrace the challenge of sharing this often forgotten message within the Jewish community and beyond. In the past decade, we have made special and abiding friendships with pro-life soldiers of all faiths. You have mentored us, encouraged us, and prayed for our success and moral conviction. It is with great gratitude and appreciation that we are invited to share our story with the March for Life audience. We close with a statement written by Rabbi J. David Bleich, a most respected Jewish legal authority:

“A Jew is governed by such reverence for life that he trembles lest he tamper unmindfully with the greatest of all divine gifts, the bestowal or withholding of which is the prerogative of God alone. Although he be master over all within the world, there remain areas where man must fear to tread, acknowledging the limits of his sovereignty and the limitations of his understanding. In the unborn child lies the mystery and enigma of existence. Confronted by the miracle of life itself, man can only draw back in silence before the wonder of the Lord.”

To learn more about the Jewish Pro-Life Foundation, please visit our website at jewishprolifefoundation.org.

It’s Time to Defund Planned Parenthood

 

On Tuesday, March for Life President Jeanne Mancini, gathered with other pro-life leaders to urge Congress to take action on defunding the nation’s largest abortion provider, Planned Parenthood, and to redirect those funds to life-affirming health care centers.

The press conference was part of Students for Life’s #Sockit2PP, in which they collected 328,348 baby socks, representing the tragic number of babies lost to abortion at Planned Parenthood each year.

You can read Jeanne Mancini’s remarks and watch the video below:

“On behalf of the March for Life and the collectively millions of pro-life Americans that have participated over the years—the large majority young people — we join together today in a united voice, a majority voice that seeks to defend and protect the inherent dignity of every human person. Abortion is the human rights issue of today but Americans are moving in the direction of life. 

Consider a recent poll revealed that eight out of 10 Americans would limit abortion to—at most—the first three months of pregnancy.

And most Americans (six out of 10) believe that abortion is morally wrong. While groups like Planned Parenthood seek to “shout your abortion,” the truth is that abortion always takes a life and wounds another and even the best PR campaign funded by millions of dollars can’t change this reality. 

Planned Parenthood is our nation’s largest abortion provider, sadly committing over 320,000 abortions during the last year that data was available. All the while getting almost half of their more than billion dollar budget from federal and state gov’t grants; from our taxpayer dollars.

Yet the majority of Americans (61 percent) do not support taxpayer funding for abortion.

We are at a critical juncture to send the federal and state dollars that our nation’s largest abortion provider has been receiving to real health alternatives, the kind of holistic health centers that outnumber Planned Parenthood facilities by a margin of 20 – 1.”

WATCH: (Jeanne’s remarks begin at the 22:00 mark.)

Start Planning Your March for Life Trip!

 

It is hard to believe that the 2018 March for Life is just four months away.

We hope you will be joining us on Friday, January 19th, 2018 in Washington, D.C. for the 45th annual March for Life!

As you begin planning your trip, be sure to download the 2018 Trip Planner! This guide contains helpful travel information, maps, event details, and more! Click the image below to download the Trip Planner.

Below are a few other items to note:

  • Our hotel room block is now open for groups requesting five or more rooms. Individual reservations will open in mid-October.
    Click HERE for more hotel info.
  • Registration for the March for Life Conference (Thursday, January 18, 9:00 a.m. – noon) is now open. Click HERE for more info.
  • Registration for the March for Life Youth Rally (Thursday, January 18, 2:00 p.m. – 4:00 p.m.) is now open. Click HERE for more info.

We hope you’ll join us at the March for Life on Friday, January 19th, 2018 to make a stand for life!

Announcing our 2018 Rose Dinner Speaker!

 

We are thrilled to announce that Pam Tebow will be our 2018 Rose Dinner Keynote speaker!

Early Bird Tickets are $100.00 per person. After December 15, the ticket price will increase to $115.00 per person. There are also many options for sponsorship and reserved tables.

Get your tickets today before we sell out!

We are thrilled to announce that Pam Tebow will be our 2018 Rose Dinner Keynote speaker!

As one of our previous attendees at the March for Life Rose Dinner, you are among the first to know about the 2018 Rose Dinner and our very special speaker.

Pam loves speaking for women’s groups, nonprofit fundraisers, and various events in many cities across the country. Her notoriety increased when her youngest son won the Heisman Trophy following his sophomore football season with the Florida Gators. Because ESPN aired the portion of the interview with Pam that focused on her refusal to abort “Timmy” when she was advised to do so, she has been given a national platform to encourage the pro-life message.

In 2010, Pam and Tim were in a Super Bowl commercial that celebrated family and life, which, according to a Barna survey, resulted in 5.5 million people “having cause to rethink their stand on abortion.”  To read more about Pam Tebow, click HERE.

We are delighted to have Pam Tebow at the 36th Annual Rose Dinner, and we hope that you will join us for this inspirational evening after the March for Life.

>>>> Click HERE to get your tickets!

 

Pam Tebow to Keynote March for Life’s 36th Annual Rose Dinner

 

MEDIA ADVISORY

Tebow will share her powerful story of choosing life for her son Tim after doctors advised abortion

WASHINGTON, D.C. – March for Life is thrilled to announce that Pam Tebow, mother of Heisman Trophy winner and football/baseball star Tim Tebow, will keynote the 36th annual Rose Dinner following the 45th Annual March for Life on January 19th, 2018.

“We are delighted that Pam Tebow, an influential force in the pro-life community, will be speaking at our 36th annual Rose Dinner this year. Pam is a powerful example of how love saves lives and how one woman’s pro-life message can change the hearts and minds of the masses,” said Jeanne Mancini, President of the March for Life.

Pam Tebow speaks nationwide about why she chose life, following an ESPN interview where she revealed she had been advised to abort Tim Tebow. In 2010, Pam and Tim were in a Super Bowl commercial that celebrated family and life, which, according to a Barna survey, resulted in 5.5 million people “having cause to rethink their stand on abortion.”

What: 36th Annual March for Life Rose Dinner
When: January 19th, 2018 at 6:00PM ET
Where: Renaissance Washington DC Downtown Hotel Grand Ballroom
              999 Ninth Street NW, Washington, D.C. 20001
Keynote Speaker: Pam Tebow
More Information and Tickets: http://marchforlife.org/mfl-2018/rose-dinner/

 

5 Amazing Facts About Fetal Development

 

With the back to school season in full gear, it’s time to brush up on a few important science facts!

WATCH this brief clip and read more below for 5 important (and amazing!) facts about fetal development:

  1. Life begins at fertilization.

The question of when life begins is not a philosophical one – it is settled science. At the moment of fertilization, a new, unique individual is created.

“For over 100 years, human embryology has stated that in sexual reproduction a new, whole, individual, living human being begins to exist at the beginning of the process of fertilization, i.e. at “first contact” between the sperm and the oocyte (“egg”).”

>>>> Learn more about human embryology from the science-education non-profit Contend Project.

 

  1. Week 3: baby’s heart begins to beat.

Only 3 weeks and 1 day after fertilization – the heart begins to beat. And here’s an amazing fact – between fertilization and birth, the heart beats approximately 54 million times!

A new mobile app (along with an add-on device) now allows expectant moms to hear their baby’s heartbeat using their phone!

>>>> A new app will let you hear your baby’s heartbeat whenever you want. Here’s how the amazing technology works.

 

  1. Week 6: brain activity begins.

At just six weeks and two days, an embryo has developed brainwaves!

  1. Week 8: fingers and toes form.

Between five and seven and a half weeks, development of hands and feet occurs. By eight weeks, distinct fingers and toes exist.

 

  1. Week 9: yawning begins!

During the ninth week, a fetus will start to routinely yawn. This is also when vocal cords are developing and the first sign of eye movement is apparent. Not to mention, this is when most fetuses start sucking their thumb!

As you can see, incredible things are happening through just the first two months of pregnancy. We’ve highlighted just a few items, but you can learn about every stage of prenatal development thanks to the Endowment for Human Development.

>>>> Learn more at EHD.org.

Pro-life is 100% pro-science.

7 of our Favorite Mother Teresa Quotes

 

On the first anniversary of her canonization and the twentieth anniversary of her death, we are reflecting upon Mother Teresa’s beautiful understanding of the inherent dignity of the human person.

In an op-ed for the Washington Times, March for Life President Jeanne Mancini recalled the stirring plea that Mother Teresa gave in her speech at the National Prayer Breakfast in 1997, just shortly before she passed away.

“Please don’t kill the child. I want the child. Please give me the child. I am willing to accept any child who would be aborted and to give that child to a married couple who will love the child and be loved by the child,” shared Mother Teresa.

During her lifetime and to this day, the world admires this woman of faith for the love and care she showed for each and every person, including the unborn. We all could take her example and wisdom to heart.

Enjoy and be inspired by some of our favorite Mother Teresa quotes or “words of wisdom.”

  1. “Abortion is profoundly anti-women. Three-quarters of its victims are women: Half the babies and all the mothers.”

  1. “If you want a love message to be heard, it has got to be sent out. To keep a lamp burning, we have to keep putting oil in it.”

3. “It is a poverty to decide that a child must die so that you may live as you wish.”

  1. “If we have no peace, it is because we have forgotten that we belong to each other.”

  1. “Any country that accepts abortion is not teaching its people to love, but to use violence to get what they want. That is why the greatest destroyer of love and peace is abortion.”

  1. “Yesterday is gone. Tomorrow has not yet come. We have only today. Let us begin.”

  1. “In this life we cannot do great things. We can only do small things with great love.”

3 Ways to Impact Your School for Life

 

As the new school year gets started, we hope each and every student will take to heart the words of Katrina Gallic at the 2017 March for Life.

“Fellow youth of America, fellow college students – this is not someone else’s problem. Indifference is not an option; ending abortion is our responsibility.”


Here are three ways you can make an impact for life on your campus this year:

  1. Stay Informed

There are many excellent resources to keep up with pro-life issues and news so you can answer objections and represent your beliefs well (you can stay in touch with the March for Life on FacebookTwitter, and Instagram).

While you may face abortion arguments from professors or teachers, it’s also important to remember that you are not alone in your pro-life beliefs.  In fact, according to Barna Group polling, 53% Millennials think abortion should be illegal in all or most circumstances. Millennials and post-millennials are increasingly a pro-life generation, so the odds are that many of your classmates support the right to life.

Don’t be afraid to speak up with an informed and gracious voice for your pro-life beliefs!

>>>> Read more in “We are the Pro-Life Generation.”

  1. Get Involved

There are many ways to get involved in the pro-life moment. Check out the list of ideas on the March for Life website, such as volunteering at your local pregnancy resource center. As a student, first and foremost check to see if you have a Students for Life group on your campus – this is a great way to connect with fellow pro-life students and impact your school for life. You can also check out the great resources from Feminists for Life for college students.

Don’t have a group at your school? Consider starting one! As one pro-life student who started a pro-life group at his high school shared with us: “The tide is turning, but it falls upon you and me to ignite that flame within our communities, one heart at a time.”

>>>> “Learn more about Anthony’s story in Rams for Life: The Tide is Turning.”

Will you be that flame?

  1. Be a Friend

Perhaps most importantly, in your conversations and relationships, whether it’s with a close friend or a classmate who’s an acquaintance – strive to be the person that they would come to if they found themselves facing an unplanned pregnancy.

Yes, it’s important to have our pro-life facts and arguments in our back pocket, but it’s infinitely more meaningful to wear our love, compassion, grace, and mercy on our sleeve. You can absolutely change the world if a pregnant friend approaches you and you let her know by your words and actions that she is loved and her baby is loved.

>>>> See how these students supported a classmate in need during an unplanned pregnancy.

Do you have other ideas or a story to tell? Drop us a message at info@marchforlife.org or on social media. Best wishes for a life-affirming school year!

WATCH: Inspiration for Pro-Life Students

 

With Labor Day right around the corner, if you’re a college or high school student, it’s likely that you’re already back at school, or will be soon.

Goodbye, summer; hello, new school year.

Starting a new school year always presents new challenges and opportunities, especially if you’re a pro-life student. That being said, are you looking for some inspiration?

WATCH Katrina Gallic address her fellow students at the 2017 March for Life –>

She goes on to share:

“Our battle begins where we have the most influence – within our own hearts. The pro-life battle begins with the daily decision to live by the truth that every life in every stage is beautiful; dignified, and demands our love and our protection.

There will be times when we are ridiculed and rejected for standing for life. But we should never cower!

We can stare into the face of this injustice and have hope, for we know we fight for the truth.”

Whether you are a student, or not, we can all agree with Katrina’s final remark –

“We all look forward to the day when we will return to our nation’s capital not to march against the evil and injustice of abortion, but to celebrate victory of a new culture of life!”

Now let’s get to work spreading the message of respect for life to all those around us!

>>>> Watch the full clip of University of Mary student Katrina Gallic’s 2017 March for Life speech below ->