Love Saves Lives: Raquel and Jasmine

 

Sister Bethany Madonna gave a stirring speech at the 2018 March for Life, inspiring us all to live out this year’s theme: “Love Saves Lives.”

If you’re not familiar with them, the Sisters of Life is a “contemplative / active religious community of women founded in 1991 by John Cardinal O’Connor for the protection and enhancement of the sacredness of every human life. Like all religious communities, we take the three traditional vows of poverty, chastity and obedience. We also are consecrated under a special, fourth vow to protect and enhance the sacredness of human life.”

In her remarks, Sister Bethany told the story of a young woman named Raquel, a friend of the Sisters of Life. Raquel was expecting a baby, and had a life-altering encounter with another pregnant young woman facing an unexpected pregnancy.

Watch Sister Bethany share this powerful story:

Despite considering abortion, Raquel’s friend was loved and encouraged, ultimately choosing life and giving birth to twins!

As Sister Bethany concludes:

“It was such a small thing, this loving exchange, and the impact reaches into eternity. You may not see the impact of your love, but God sees it; the love of your heart is totally unique to you, and only you can give it. Your love saves lives.”

This is a great reminder to each of us as we seek to make an impact for life in our communities. Even the smallest actions, such as an encouraging and loving word, can save lives.

To learn more about the Sisters of Life, you can visit their website, HERE.

WATCH: A Mother’s Love Saved Her Life

 

At the 2018 March for Life Conference and Youth Rally, we heard many inspiring stories embodying this year’s theme, “Love Saves Lives.”

One of these stories was shared by Christina Bennett. Christina is an outspoken voice in the pro-life movement.

After graduating from college with a degree in Business Communication she moved to D.C and joined the pro-life ministry of the Justice House of Prayer and Bound4Life. Christina is a policy analyst at the Family Institute of Connecticut, and a speaker for the National Black Pro-Life Coalition.

In a biographical piece for Live Action News, Christina writes: “In the early 1980s, I was scheduled to be aborted. In a hospital in the city of Hartford, Connecticut, I had an appointment to die. A janitor approached my mother and spoke to her, giving her the strength to walk out.”

Watch Christina share more about her story, and the loving choice her mother made that saved Christina’s life.

Christina’s words are beautiful and inspiring –>>

“My mother’s love saved my own life. Love is more than a feeling, love is more than an emotion; love is a decision, love is an action, love is something we do because we care about other people. It is a sacrifice we make on behalf of other people; that we think of them better than we think of ourselves. That’s what my mother did for me; a loving act that has now allowed me to love other people. I’ve been able to work with women and see the lives of children saved because my mom saved my life.”

Thank you Christina for sharing your story and heroic love of your mother. Love truly does save lives.

Do you have a Love Saves Lives story? Share it with us HERE!

Marching On

 

We want to share a heartfelt thank you to each and every one of you who marched for life, prayed for us, tweeted about us, and showed your support for our noble cause.

The 45th annual March for Life was a beautiful and historic day. But our work for the year is just beginning.

We must keep marching for life each and every day of the year – taking action in our communities and in the public square to work towards ending abortion.

WATCH as March for Life President Jeanne Mancini and March for Life Action President Tom McClusky discuss the importation actions we’ve taken so far and what’s ahead!

Will you join with marchers all over the country to be a voice for life?

Each month of 2018, we’ll all be united, educated, and mobilized around the most important action item to make the greatest impact for life in the public square.

>>>> Sign up HERE.

Thank you for marching and for being part of this historic movement to end the human rights abuse of abortion.

NFL Players and Family Speaking out for Life

 

Over the past few years, the March for Life has been blessed to have the support of several individuals affiliated with the NFL.

Former Baltimore Ravens center Matt Birk spoke at the 2018 March for Life, joined by his wife Adrianna and their children. Matt and Adrianna are living examples of the 2018 theme, “Love Saves Lives.”

In his March for Life remarks, Matt reminded us of the importance of compassion in our work to end abortion, and how to offer loving encouragement to anyone considering abortion.

“It’s important to remember that those who are pro-abortion, the war is not against them, it’s against the evil of abortion, that those people, they are our brothers and sisters. They are children of God. They are made in His likeness.”

“What is more beautiful than a brand new baby? A brand new baby is perfect. It looks perfect. It sounds perfect. It smells perfect. It’s pure, it’s incapable of resentment, or hatred, or anger. It’s perfect. So I would tell someone that I care about, I’d say I don’t want you to have an abortion, because it would prevent you from experiencing the fullness of joy that God has for your life.”

Pam Tebow, mother of NFL and MLB athlete Tim Tebow, also joined us at both the 2018 March for Life as well as the Rose Dinner that evening.

She shared the courageous and miraculous story of Tim Tebow’s birth:

“When Timmy entered the world he (the doctor) said, “This is a miracle baby”. He said, “I’ve never witnessed such a miracle”, because only a tiny piece of the placenta was intact. He was somewhat malnourished though, so we asked all of our family and friends in the states to pray that he would grow big and strong, and if you’ve seen him lately, you’ll know God answered those prayers.”

Pam Tebow also referenced the Super Bowl ad she and Tim featured in several years ago, produced by Focus on the Family. A Barna Group survery estimated that 5.5. million people rethought their position on abortion because of that commercial, including one woman who chose life over abortion after seeing it. Stories of love and sacrifice can truly change lives!

And at the 2017 March for Life, Baltimore Raven’s Tight End Benjamin Watson had a powerful message for the crowd, particularly men.

“We need to be the leaders, caretakers, and providers that we were meant to be. We as men must stand up for the lives of the innocent and their mothers in crisis.”

>>>> Read more about Watson’s appearance at the March for Life or watch the clip below of his remarks.

Watson hints at a very important point. When a woman faces an unexpected pregnancy, she is more likely to choose life IF she has the support and encouragement of even just one person.

In fact, research from the umbrella Pregnancy Center group, Care Net, finds that “the father of the baby is (by far) the most influential factor in a mother’s decision to keep or abort her child. Sadly, so many fathers either push the mother to abort or leave the decision to her, essentially stepping away from their responsibility.”

Watson ends with an encouraging note in his exhortation:

“Even if it wasn’t demonstrated to you by a father, you can be different. You can change the course of generations.”

Each of us has our own sphere of influence to impact others – whether it is one person or a group of people – to choose life and to end “the unthinkable practice of abortion in the United States of America.”

We can all take inspiration from these influential individuals and their passion and commitment to life!

Pro-Life State of the Union: Looking Back and Forward

 

Tonight, Senators, Representatives, and other distinguished guests will gather in the halls of Congress to hear President Trump deliver his first State of the Union Address.

Earlier today, March for Life President Jeanne Mancini had an op-ed published on the “Pro-Life State of the Union” for Real Clear Politics.

>>>> Click HERE to read the op-ed. In the op-ed, Jeanne writes:

“Just over a week ago, the president made history when he addressed an audience of over 100,000 pro-life Americans via satellite at the 45th annual March for Life. As he noted in his remarks, people from across the nation flooded the streets of Washington, D.C., united by their love, joy and hope for “one beautiful cause: to build a society where life is celebrated, protected, and cherished.” 

>>>> Watch President Trump’s full March for Life remarks.

We’ve seen a great many pro-life victories in the past year, and we are thankful for an Administration and the Members of Congress who stand for life.

It was an honor to have so many of them with us at the 2018 March for Life!

Among those pro-life Members of Congress who joined us this year, we were honored to have Speaker of the House Paul Ryan address the crowds at the March for Life. His remarks also touched on the “pro-life state of the Union.”

“Looking out on this crowd, I can see there are people here of all ages, from all walks of life, but the young people here is what is so inspiring because it tells me this is a movement that is on the rise.

And do you know why the pro-life movement is on the rise? Because truth is on our side. Life begins at conception….

Most importantly, the pro-life movement is on the rise because we have love on our side. We believe every person is worthy of love and dignity. That is why the pro-life movement is on the rise.”

>>>> Watch a recap of Speaker Ryan’s March for Life remarks.

While we can look back on the past year of many pro-life accomplishments, we must also look forward and what we can accomplish this year.

Will you join us in taking action each month to end abortion?

As Jeanne concludes in her op-ed, “We grieve the loss of 60 million Americans whose lives have been ended by abortion since it was legalized in 1973, but we also have great hope for ending this human rights abuse in the future and restoring a culture of life in the United States.”

Thank you for joining with us to work towards a permanent pro-life Union.

10 Powerful WhyWeMarch Stories

 

Thank you for sharing your #WhyWeMarch and #LoveSavesLives stories!

 

As shared in the 2018 March for Life Facebook Event:

45th President of the United States Donald J. Trump to Address 45th Annual March for Life Live from the White House via Satellite on January 19th, 2018

 

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

CONTACT:

Kate Bryan – kbryan@crcpublicrelations.com; 703.683.5004 x1136

Mari Buttarazzi – mbuttarazzi@crcupublicrelations.com; 703.683.5004 x1120

Megan Wilburn – mwilburn@crcpublicrelations.com; 703.683.5004 x1106

 

“Since his first day in office, President Trump has remained steadfast on his campaign promises to the pro-life cause and has actively worked to protect the unborn…We welcome our 45th President, Donald Trump, to the 45th annual March for Life.” – Jeanne Mancini, President of March for Life

 

WASHINGTON, D.C. – The March for Life is honored to announce that the 45th President of the United States, Donald J. Trump, will address the 45th annual March for Life live from the White House Rose Garden via satellite on January 19th, 2018. President Donald Trump will be the first sitting US president to address the event via satellite from the White House in the March for Life’s 45-year history.

“We are most grateful to announce that President Donald Trump will address the 45th annual March for Life from The White House via satellite on Friday January 19th. Since his first day in office, President Trump has remained steadfast on his campaign promises to the pro-life cause and has actively worked to protect the unborn,” said Jeanne Mancini, President of March for Life.

“Over the past year, the Trump administration has significantly advanced pro-life policy, and it is with great confidence that, under his leadership, we expect to see other pro-life achievements in the years to come. We welcome our 45th President, Donald Trump, to the 45th annual March for Life.”

President Donald Trump will headline this year’s lineup of pro-life leaders speaking at the March for Life, including House Speaker Paul Ryan (R-WI), Pam Tebow, Matt and Adrianna Birk, Rep. Jaime Herrera Beutler (R-WA), Rep. Dan Lipinski (D-IL), Rep. Chris Smith (R-NJ), Bishop Vincent Matthews Jr., and Sister Bethany Madonna.

Over one hundred thousand Americans are expected to travel from across the country to our nation’s capital for this year’s March for Life, a demonstration that stands against the greatest human rights violation of our time – abortion-on-demand. The theme of this year’s March for Life is “Love Saves Lives”, embodying the true spirit and mission of the pro-life movement by enlisting the power of love to empower others to choose life.

 

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MEDIA ADVISORY

The 45th Annual March for Life

“Love Saves Lives”

 

What: The 45th Annual March for Life

When: January 19th, 2018

MFL Rally – starts at 11:20am ET *featuring musical guest Plumb and speakers listed below

March for Life – starts at 1:00pm ET (directly after the rally concludes)

Where: MFL Rally –  12th St. on the National Mall, between Madison Drive and Jefferson Drive

March for Life – Constitution Avenue between 12th and 14th Streets, ends at steps of Supreme Court

Who: Confirmed speakers include:

  • President of the United States Donald J. Trump
  • House Speaker Paul Ryan
  • Pam Tebow, mother former NFL quarterback Tim Tebow
  • Matt Birk, former NFL player, and wife Adrianna Birk
  • U.S. Representative Jaime Herrera Beutler (R-WA)
  • U.S. Representative Dan Lipinski (D-IL)
  • U.S. Representative Chris Smith (R-NJ)
  • Sr. Bethany Madonna, Sisters of Life
  • Bishop Vincent Matthews Jr., President of the International Missions Department of the Church of God in Christ

Additional March for Life Events: *all events listed below will be hosted at the Renaissance Hotel, 999 9th St NW, Washington, D.C., 20001*

Jan. 18th, 2018:

  • MFL Conference and Expo, 9:00AM – 12:00PM ET. Speakers include keynote speaker Stephanie Gray (Canadian Centre for Bio-Ethical Reform), moderator Kathryn Jean Lopez (National Review Online), Kelly Rosati (Focus on the Family), Tim Saccoccia (Knights of Columbus), Moira Gaul (Charlotte Lozier Institute)
  • MFL Youth Rally, 2:00PM – 4:00PM ET. Speakers include musical guest The Restless, Jeanne Mancini (March for Life), Andrew Wood (Hope Resource Center), Bryan Kemper (Stand True Pro-Life Outreach), Katie Yoder (Media Research Center), Casey Mattox (Alliance Defending Freedom), Anna Allgaier (Students for Life), Kara Sorenson (Feminists for Life), Tom McClusky (March for Life Action), Christina Marie Bennett (Family Institute of Connecticut)

Jan. 19th, 2018:

  • 36th Annual Rose Dinner, 7:00pm ET. Keynote Speaker is Pam Tebow.

For more information on events and details, visit http://marchforlife.org/ and follow March for Life on TwitterFacebook and InstagramPlease send your RSVP and/or questions to one of the following contacts –

 

Kate Bryan – kbryan@crcpublicrelations.com; 703.683.5004 x1136

Mari Buttarazzi – mbuttarazzi@crcupublicrelations.com; 703.683.5004 x1120

Megan Wilburn – mwilburn@crcpublicrelations.com; 703.683.5004 x1106

Jeanne Mancini on Fox and Friends

 

On Monday, January 15, 2018, March for Life President Jeanne Mancini joined Fox and Friends to react to news that Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau called pro-life views “out of touch with society.” She also had an opportunity to talk about the upcoming 45th Annual March for Life on Friday, January 19, 2018!

Watch Jeanne Mancini on Fox and Friends:

My First Time at March For Life – and Why I Encourage You to Go This Year!

 

Guest blog post by Liana Campanella

The crowds that made up the March for Life in January 2017 truly surprised me as a newcomer. I’m not sure what I was expecting, but whatever I had in my head, the reality proved far, far better.

I had heard about the March for Life since I was in middle school. It seemed like a nice thing nice people did, but I never participated. On the rare occasions it was covered in the news I consumed, it was the same old, same old story. I never really imagined myself in the crowd, although I am and always have been pro-life.  Yet in 2017, a series of events in my life led me to book a train ticket, bundle up, and see for myself. There will never be enough words to express how thankful I am that I did.

The reality is that the recycled stock photos and reworked copy that circle the news rooms of our country, then come flying at us as “the latest” could never tell the true story of this March. The broad brush with which society tries to paint “pro-lifers” turned out to be nothing more than a fabrication, and a boring, trivial one at that compared to the vibrant, inspiring reality. Here is a brief account of what I experienced, much of it to my surprise.

One of the first things that I noticed was that these crowds were certainly not just women, nor were they simply “men, women, and children.” I met and shared a great 8 or so hours with thousands of individuals representing most, if not all, of our 50 States.  Quite frankly, I lost track around the 20th state someone mentioned they were from, as I attempted to get a grasp on the significance of all those people traveling all those miles without any recognition or reimbursement. I live just an hour from the Mall, but some people took buses through the night or, in some cases, for days, while others rode their Harleys, and quite a few that I talked to even flew.

This truly eclectic group was comprised of Washingtonians, immigrants from around the world, and extended families who traveled from multiple places to meet on the Mall and celebrate life together. In the crowd there were new parents, expectant mothers, and grieving parents. Biological fathers who were not allowed a say in the abortion of their children held heart-wrenching signs, quietly sharing their stories that society overwhelmingly silences, and one particularly memorable group of adoptive fathers was constantly engaged in rounding up a gaggle of the young kids they chose to love and parent. Grandparents, great-grandparents and lifelong friends stood together united in love and hope for all the generations represented.

Several in the crowds – as well as one of the speakers – spoke in one or more of the five languages I could understand, which was thrilling to hear. Countless others created a beautiful chorus of languages around me that I couldn’t even place. Some wore boots and others went barefoot – yes, barefoot in January! – but we all marched in the same direction, our different words conveying the same meaning.

There were tattooed bikers and vanity-glasses wearing hipsters alongside soccer moms pushing strollers. Teachers, politicians, business owners, entrepreneurs, and artists bumped into me (or perhaps vice versa in some cases – it really was packed), and we briefly got to know one another. Several wheelchairs made their way through the crowds.  At least one of the individuals seated in them was recommended to be aborted about two decades ago to parents who clearly were fearless, dedicated, and full of love and compassion. They were also right: he was a blessing, a joy to be around, a benefit to society in spite of – and, I would even venture, because of – his disability.

Strangers protected children who got separated from their parents as if they were their own until the families could be reunited. There were plenty of teens and young adults representing their schools, sports teams, marching bands, choirs, youth groups and other organizations. Some of them were just goofy, maybe a bit sheepish or a bit of a showoff as they seek out their social footing among their peers, but who reminded those of us who have been in “the real world” for quite some time that life is a funny, beautiful, unpredictable thing – and that we can often value it even more in retrospect, given the chance. More importantly, they reminded us that every voice counts no matter the age of the speaker. We’re all in this together.

I watched a teenager pick up fallen cash and return it to the owner, a stranger whom the teen treated like a friend. I met people of various faiths and had some really fantastic conversations as I walked alongside clergymen who devote their lives to promoting beliefs that, quite frankly, I don’t share in the least. I met people who claim to have no religious affiliation or personal faith and they were not at all offended by my Christian views. In other words, I met the real people of my country and my world, not their carefully-edited, painfully narrow, and utterly fallacious stereotypes.

When I offered to help a woman struggling with her rolling bags, I met one of the most incredible and resilient human beings I think I may ever have the privilege to meet in this lifetime. (Diane B., if this ever happens to get to you in the unpredictable world of social media and cyberspace, please know I will be keeping you, your family, and the dreams you seem destined to achieve in my prayers!) I also hugged our Lyft driver who had never really considered identifying as either pro-choice or pro-life. His story spells it out though: not only did he raise five of his own children and step-children, he and his wife took in two very young extended family members and raised them as their own – helping the younger of the two through crucial developmental stages after he had suffered repeated traumatic events from infancy. He had also been a foster parent and is considering adoption as his own children are growing a bit older.

The truth is, it would be effortless to double, if not triple this already lengthy account with all of the amazing things I saw, heard, felt, and shared as part of this experience. But there’s really no need to go on when the sum of all of the magnificent parts of the 2017 March for Life was the profound respect for the sanctity of life – ALL human life. This was presented in the opening addresses and repeated all throughout the event. Yes, there is a special focus on the unborn at this march, but I challenge everyone not to stop listening there. We certainly didn’t, nor do we, nor will we.

The March for Life 2018 is right around the corner. I can’t encourage you enough to come, and hope to bump into you there.