I Was An Unplanned Pregnancy

 

Love Saves Lives Series

Story submitted by Shelley Sprouffske

Catherine was a 35 year old bartender. She was already a single mom. Upon realizing she was pregnant, she chose to work full time through the pregnancy and at 36 weeks, walked into the doctor’s office for the first time. “I’m going to have a baby that you’re going to deliver, and the baby needs a home.”

Upon the birth of that baby, an angel on earth named Linda was there to care for her until the newborn found her forever home.

Linda met Tom and Karol during the transfer of custody. With one day’s notice, they adopted this little girl. They picked up diapers and formula at 7-11 and headed to Bill and Betty’s for a 101 on feeding and changing a baby.

That baby was me.


Karol was pro-choice at the time. Over the years, and after adopting a second child, she realized that women in crisis pregnancies needed more support than was available. She went back to school for her masters in counseling, became a crisis pregnancy counselor and also specialized in post-abortive counseling. My mom helped start and grow The Gabriel Project in Western Washington (through the Archdiocese of Seattle) which gives one-on-one support to women in crisis pregnancies through spiritual, emotional, and material support. If you know of someone who is facing a pregnancy and needs support, their number is 888-926-2643.

I am so grateful for the gift of life from Catherine. For the gift of love from Linda. And for the gift of an amazing mom in Karol, who chose to walk the walk even before she talked the talk.

>>>> To learn more about the 2018 March for Life theme, Love Saves Lives, and to share your story, click HERE.

The 45th Annual March for Life Theme to be Announced at Capitol Hill Briefing

 

Contact:

Kate Bryan – kbryan@crcpublicrelations.com, 703-683-5004 x1136
Matille Thebolt – mthebolt@crcpublicrelations.com, 571-501-4067
Mari Buttarazzi – mbuttarazzi@crcpublicrelations.com, 703-683-5004 x1120

 

MEDIA ADVISORY

 

The 45th Annual March for Life Theme to be Announced at Capitol Hill Briefing Tuesday October 3rd, 2017

Briefing, hosted by Rep. Diane Black, to include panel of pro-life experts who will discuss how the pro-life movement continues to empower women for life

 

WASHINGTON, D.C. – The March for Life Education and Defense Fund will be announcing the theme for the 45th annual March for Life, to be held this year on January 19th, 2018, at a briefing on Capitol Hill on Tuesday, October 3rd, 2017. The briefing will include a panel, moderated by March for Life President Jeanne Mancini, comprised of pro-life leaders Susan Gallucci, Northwest Center Executive Director; Chuck Donovan, President of Charlotte Lozier Institute; and Alison Howard Centofante, Director of Alliance Relations at Alliance Defending Freedom, who will discuss the current landscape for loving, life-affirming abortion alternatives that support women and families and why now more than ever it is important to speak boldly for life.

What: Capitol Hill Briefing Announcing the 45th Annual March for Life Theme

When: Tuesday October 3rd, 2017
12:00PM – 1:30PM ET

Where: U.S. Capitol Visitor Center, Room HVC-201
East Capitol St. and 1st St. NE, Washington D.C.

Panel:

  • Jeanne Mancini, President of March for Life Education and Defense Fund
  • Susan Gallucci, Northwest Center Executive Director
  • Chuck Donovan, President of Charlotte Lozier Institute
  • Alison Howard Centofante, Director of Alliance Relations at Alliance Defending Freedom

Hosted by: Representative Diane Black (R-TN)

*Lunch will be provided

RSVPs are required – please send to Kate Bryan (kbryan@crcpublicrelations.com), Matille Thebolt (mthebolt@crcpublicrelations.com), or Mari Buttarazzi (mbuttarazzi@crcpublicrelations.com)

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March for Life Statement on Pain-Capable Unborn Child Protection Act

 

“March for Life welcomes the announcement of a vote next week from House Majority Leader Kevin McCarthy today on the Pain Capable Unborn Child Protection Act. If enacted, this common sense policy would limit abortion to 20 weeks and finally join the consensus shared by eight out of ten Americans – abortion should have real legal limits. This bill would not only save 20,000 lives every year, but would educate the public on the humanity of the unborn person and affirm the science of fetal pain early in development.”

– March for Life President Jeanne Mancini

VIDEO: Why Life is Winning

 

The upcoming 2018 March for Life will be the 45th annual March for Life, totaling 45 years of Roe v. Wade – and legalized abortion – in America. This corresponds with the loss of nearly 59 million Americans to abortion in our country since 1973.

This is a tragic, heartbreaking statistic to consider. Every abortion is one too many, and our vision at the March for Life is a world in which every human life is valued and protected. We work towards the day when abortion is unthinkable in our country.

While there is still much work to be done, the pro-life movement has made great progress in the past 45 years. March for Life President Jeanne Mancini recently wrote about this in the Heritage Foundation’s 2017 Index of Culture and Opportunity in a piece entitled “Why Life is Winning.”

Among other signs that life is winning, she cites the steep decline in the abortion rate since its height in 1980.

Pro-life scholar Chuck Donovan of the Charlotte Lozier Institute recently joined Jeanne to discuss the abortion rate, as well as other cultural and legislative indicators on the side of life. Chuck also discussed a winning approach: to overwhelm ‘the other side’ with love.

WATCH:

A few key points discussed include:

  • After the legalization of abortion in 1973, the numbers and rate of abortions surged for a period. In 1980, abortion rates began to decrease. The Hyde amendment, barring Medicaid-funded abortions was passed in 1976.
  • The rate continues to decrease under both Republican and Democrat Administrations – we need to look to cultural factors to fully understand.
  • Ultimately, the American people are rejecting the fundamental message of Roe; which is that abortion has minimal legal limits, is medically routine, and that it can happen up to birth.
  • When you look at the numbers, we’re back at the 1973 level today. Will the Americans take the next step and decide that Roe is bad law?
  • We now have a generation that has experienced what abortion does – our youth understand that abortion is violence; and they reject it.
  • With ultrasound technology and what we know about abortion procedures, there is no way an abortion can be classified as anything other than violence. You also cannot deny the humanity of the baby in the womb.
  • Abortion clinics are also declining in number, while Pregnancy Resource Centers (PRCs) have proliferated. These centers date back to the early days of the pro-life movement.
  • There are 3100 PRCs across the country – that’s 4x the number of abortion clinics.
  • There’s still a lot of work to do with 900,000 abortions per year and chemical abortions on the rise.

For more information:

Heritage Foundation Index of Opportunity on Culture: “Why Life is Winning,” by Jeanne Mancini

Heritage Foundation “Index of Culture and Opportunity”: Life Is on the Right Track

 

5 Facts to Know About the Life-Saving Hyde Amendment

 

This week will mark the 41st anniversary of the Hyde Amendment. This public policy, a rider included in appropriations bills, has been referred to one of the most important public health initiatives in history, credited with saving literally millions of lives since its enactment. Sadly it is also under attack by pro-abortion forces and lawmakers who want abortion to be free for all women and paid for by the government.

Here’s what you need to know about the Hyde Amendment:

1. The Hyde Amendment prohibits federal Medicaid dollars from paying for abortion.

2. The Hyde Amendment was first enacted by Congress in 1976 and has been passed each year since then with bipartisan support.

3. Nearly two-thirds (61%) of Americans oppose their tax dollars paying for abortion.

4. Publicly funded abortions were happening in the 1970s at a high rate. Since the passage of the Hyde Amendment, the abortion rate has dropped significantly.

5. Since its enactment, an estimated 2.13 million lives have been saved due to the Hyde Amendment. (Read more on this data from Dr. Michael New in his report for the Lozier Institute, “Hyde @ 40: Analyzing the Impact of the Hyde Amendment.”)

Additionally, last week, March for Life President Jeanne Mancini and Charlotte Lozier Institute President Chuck Donovan discussed the cultural and policy factors contributing to “why life is winning” in America. While we still have our work cut out for us to make abortion is unthinkable in the United States, the Hyde Amendment has been a policy that has aided in building a culture of life, through education and literally saving over 2 million lives since 1976.

During the Facebook Live discussion, Chuck Donovan makes a powerful statistical analogy: when you fly on a plane, on average 1 or 2 of those lives have been saved by the Hyde Amendment. That certainly puts its importance into perspective! With the vast number of lives this policy has impacted, it is rightly referred to as one of the most important public health initiatives in history.

You can watch the clip of the discussion on the Hyde Amendment below, or the full conversation HERE.

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!