Working to End the Divisiveness of Abortion

Guest Blog Post by Katherine Rosario

The March for Life is a sign of unity in a society that is riddled with division.  The March for Life is a time for hope and strength, when hundreds of thousands gather in our nation’s capital to stand for the lives of the unborn.  January 22, 2013 marked the 40th anniversary of Roe v. Wade, the 1973 Supreme Court case that along with an accompanying ruling in Doe v. Bolton, allowed abortion on demand in all 50 states.   More than 500 thousand people gathered to March and witness to the value and dignity of every human life.

This unified statement stands in contrast with the division we see almost everywhere in society.  The 113th Congress was the “least productive” in recent history in terms of the number of bills that became law (though legislating for the sake of legislating is a step backward if bad bills become law).  Examples of division abound in our culture. The issue of abortion is itself divisive, but the tide is turning and America is becoming increasingly pro-life

What could be more divisive than the physical separation of a child from his or her mother when developing in the safety of the womb during an abortion?   As the Gospel of John 17:20-24 tells us, Christ’s prayer for the world was that we would “all be one,” as He and the Father are one.  Why?  He wants to give us the glory which the Father has given Him.    

Whether our pro-life convictions are founded on religious beliefs coupled with rational thought and science, or whether we are motivated by science alone, the March for Life is a moment of profound unity in a divided, deceptive culture (think of the lies told by the abortion giant, Planned Parenthood).

While there is always a place for optimism and positivity, we cannot forget what an uphill battle we face, both at a cultural and political level.  President Obama’s signature achievement, Obamacare, opens doors to potential new streams of abortion funding for Planned Parenthood and other elective abortion providers and entangles taxpayer funds in abortion coverage offered on state and federal exchanges.  The great injustice of abortion pervades our society, sometimes at levels which the average person leading their daily life does not have time to notice. 

That’s why the March for Life is so important. 

It helps prevent numbness to the great evil that is abortion from setting in.  And, since the society’s position on abortion is a matter of life or death, there is no room for silence in this debate.  The March for Life is our yearly loud speaker. It’s an ideal opportunity to increase awareness of the evils and dangers of abortion – to womenchildrenfamilies, the economy, and society as a whole – drawing strength from one another as we march.    

March for Life in the News

3 Reasons March for Life Should Not Be Forced to Pay for Abortion Pills (Besides the Obvious) 

11/7/14 | Alliance Defending Freedom


Tech Giants Slammed Over Health Coverage for Freezing Eggs

Drew MacKenzie | 11/4/14 | Newsmax


March for Life: Every Life is a Gift

Bethany Goodman | 10/23/14 | Breitbart News


Every Life is a Gift

Jeanne Monahan | 10/22/14 | The Hill


Obamacare or Abortion Care

Jeanne Monahan | 10/16/14 | Washington Times


Jeanne Monahan on EWTN to Discuss Brittany Maynard and Human Dignity


Pro-Lifers Irate over Obamacare Abortion Funds

Paul Strand | 9/14/14 | CBN News


America’s Steady March Toward a Culture of Life

Jeanne Monahan | July 2014 | Knights of Columbus Columbia Magazine


Jeanne Monahan on EWTN to discuss Ireland March for Life and other pro-life news


March for Life Files Suit Against HHS Mandate

Kim Trobee | 7/14/14 CitizenLink


March for Life files lawsuit against Obama HHS Mandate…but with a twist

Dustin Siggins | 7/10/14 LifeSiteNews


Because Hobby Lobby Decision Doesn’t Protect Non-profits, March for Life Sues HHS

Alliance Defending Freedom | 7/10/14 LifeNews


March for Life files suit against abortion-pill mandate

Press Release | 7/10/14 Alliance Defending Freedom


Abortion Advocates Downplaying the Science of Abortifacients 

Jeanne Monahan | 7/1/14 National Review Online


‘Women’s Issues broader than ‘reproductive health,’ experts say 

Adelaide Mena | 6/18/14 Catholic News Agency


Warren Buffett: The Billion Dollar King of Abortion

Mike Ciandella and Katie Yoder | 5/13/14 Media Research Center


Should a National Women’s History Musuem Highlight Abortion Advocate Margaret Sanger?

Caitlin Burke | 5/07/14 The Daily Signal


Jeanne Monahan on EWTN to discuss marches for life around the world


Are There Any Pro-Life Health Insurance Plans Available?

John Burger | 5/1/14 Aleteia


Jeanne Monahan on EWTN to discuss International Women’s Day


Bethany Goodman on EWTN for her SBA List Young Leader Award


Our Bodies, Ourselves II

Jeanne Monahan | 3/7/14 National Review Online


Priebus: March for Life a Wakeup Call for GOP

Betsy Woodruff 3/6/14 National Review Online


New Study on Aborti
on Rate Doesn’t Tie Drop to New Abortion Restrictions

Navar Watson 2/12/14 Pilot Catholic News


Millennials Join March for Life

2/10/14 | National Catholic Review 


Pro-Life Leaders Slam Nets March for Life Coverage

Katie Yoder 1/31/14 News Busters


A Protest to Change Laws, Hearts

Maria-Pia Negro 1/29/14 | Catholic Herald


Grapevine: Bad journalism or politics at the New York Times?

Bret Baier 1/ 27/14 | Fox News 


Numbers Monday: Forget Jay Leno, the March for Life Gave John Boehner a Bounce

Nikki Schwab | 1/27/14 US News & World Report 


What I Saw at the March for Life

Napp Nazworth 1/25/14 Christian Post 


March for life fights the snow in DC

Delcan Finn 1/24/14 Washington Examiner 


Evangelicals Flock to Pro-Life Message

Jeff Walton 1/24/14 Christian NewsWire 


Braving the DC cold to March for Life – Who was there and who wasn’t

Mark Nowakowski 1/24/14 | Communities Digital News 


Philadelphians make it through snowstorm to join March for Life

Lou Baldwin| 1/24/14 Catholic Philly 


March for Life Goes On Despite Winter Storm

1/23/14 CBNNews.com 


March for Life happens for 56 million reasons

Pam Fichter | 1/23/14 Springfield News-Leader 


March for Life Brings Grassroots and GOP Establishment Together

Tony Lee |1/23/14 Breitbart 


March for Life went on in cold and snow

1/23/14  “line-height: 1.538em;”>|United Press International 


Abortion opponents rally at March for Life

1/23/14 |The Washington Post 


Abortion debate increasingly goes digital

1/23/14 |CBSNews 


Thousands Decry Abortion at March for Life in Washington, DC

1/23/14 |PanAM Post 


Washington’s March For Life Draws Thousands Through Increased Social Media

1/23/14 |IntheCapital 


March for Life happens for 56 million reasons

1/23/14  Springfield News-Leader 


GOP prepares counteroffensive to battle Dem claims of a ‘war on

1/23/14 |The Washington Times 


J.C. Derrick provides a report from the March for Life

1/23/14 |The World and Everything In It 


Thousands Brave the Cold to March for Life

1/23/14 |Washington Free Beacon 


Millennials at march say age group most aware of costs of abortion

1/23/14 |Catholic New Service 


Pope Francis tweets his support for March for Life rally in Washington protesting legalized abortion on anniversary of Supreme Court’s historic Roe V Wade decision 

1/23/14 |DailyMail UK 


What in the World: Abortion Anniversary and US Bases in the UK

1/23/14 |BBC News 


The Millennial Pro-Life Generation

1/23/14 RedAlert Politics 


U.S. anti-abortion marchers brave freezing cold in Washington

1/23/14 Reuters 


Obama pushes women’s reproductive rights amid March for Life

1/22/14 The Washington Times 


Thousands Brave Cold for “March for Life” Abortion Protest in DC

1/22/14 CBS DC 


Abortion Opponents March in Washington on Anniversary of Roe v. Wade

1/22/14 New York Times The Lede Blog 


5 Things to Know Wednesday

1/22/14  >| USA Today 


41st Annual March for Life

1/22/14 The Hill 


Despite Frigid Weather, March for Life Marches On with New Adoption Focus

Kate Tracy | 1/22/14 Christianity Today 


Pope Francis Prays (and Tweets) for March for Life 

1/22/14 CNA/EWTN News 


The March for Life in Pictures

Mary Katharine Ham | 1/22/14 | HotAir 


March for Life Attendees Expect 2014 to be a Big Year for Life Movement

Austin Ruse 1/22/14 Breitbart 


The 41st Annual March for Life in Washington, D.C.

Mollie Hemingway | 1/22/14 The Federalist 


Buoyed by Pope, Thousands Brave Frigid DC Temperatures for March for Life Rally

1/22/14 | Newsmax Wires 


Pro-life marchers begin trek to Supreme Court

Meredith Somers | 1/22/14 Washington Times 


The March for Life Media Coverage – or Lack Thereof

Natalie deMacedo |1/22/14 | The American Spectator 


Pope tweets support for US anti-abortion ‘March for Life’

1/22/14 | AFP 


March for Life to Highlight Adoption

Bethany Monk 1/21/14 CitizenLink 


At Chilly D.C. March, Republicans Pledge Support for Antiabortion bills

1/22/14 |The Wall Street Journal 


The March for Life Goes On

1/22/14 |National Review Online 


Thousands To Brave Cold For ‘March For Life‘ Abortion Protest In DC

1/22/14 |Huffington Post 


Anti-abortion activists brave frigid weather for march to mark Roe v Wade

1/22/14 |The Guardian UK 


This Ain’t Your Mama’s March for Life

1/22/14 |Slate 


U.S. Anti-Abortion Marchers Brave Cold in Washington on Roe v. Wade Anniversary

1/22/14 |Baltimore Sun 


Pope Francis gives support to DC abortion protest

1/22/14 |Associated Press 


Snow doesn’t hinder March for Life

1/22/14 |Politico 


Despite Frigid, Bitter Cold Temperatures March for Life to Go On in

1/22/14 |Townhall 


March for Life 2.0? A new approach to the annual anti-abortion rally

1/22/14 |CNN (Blog) 


Miles de personas piden en Washington que se sustituya el aborto por la adopción

1/22/14 |European Press Photo Agency 


Pro-lifers brave windy, freezing temps to ‘March for Life

1/22/14 |Daily Caller 


Pope Francis Tweets ‘March for Life‘ Support, Obama Reaffirms Roe

1/22/14 |DCist.com 


Pope Francis gives support to DC abortion protest

1/22/14 |WTOP 103.5 


March for Life Draws Thousands to Snowy DC

1/22/14 |USA Today 


Pope Francis tweets support to March for Life in Washington, saying he’s there ‘with my prayers’

1/22/14 |New York Daily News 


Protestants March for Life

1/22/14 |First Things 


Thousands of abortion foes set for ‘March for Life‘ in Washington

1/22/14 |New Haven Register 


Thousands of abortion foes brave cold to join March for Life

1/22/14 |The Washington Post 


Washington’s March for Life goes on, despite snow, low temperatures

1/22/14 |UPI.com 


Anti-Abortion Activists ‘March for Life’ in Washington

1/22/14 |U.S. News & World Report 


Palin lauds March for Life groups

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March for Life Focuses on Adoption as Best Option

1/22/14 |Christian Post 


‘We Are Winning’ the Fight Against Abortion, Says Rep. Chris Smith at 41st Annual March for Life Rally

1/22/14 |Christian Post 


Abortion Foes Rally in Washington, Spurred by Pope

1/22/14 |Global Post Agence France-Presse 


Andrew Cuomo and the 2014 March for Life

1/22/14 |Townhall 


Pope Francis tweets his support for anti-abortion ‘March for Life‘ rally

1/22/14 |Raw Story 


Thousands March Through Washington Snow for Annual Rally Against Abortion

1/22/14 |ABC News 


March for Life Message: “Listen to Young People”

1/22/14 |NewsMax 


Eric Cantor Announces Anti-Choice House Vote at March for Life

1/22/14 |RH Reality Check 


Pope Francis Tweets Support for March for Life from the Vatican

1/22/14 |Townhall 


Hundreds of Thousands of Pro-Lifers March for Life: Mourn 56

1/22/14 |LifeNews.com 


The Best Matching Group Fashions Seen at the March for Life

1/21/14 |Townhall 


Six surprising changes to the anti-abortion March for Life

1/21/14 |CNN Belief Blog 


Snow won’t stop 41st March for Life

1/21/14 |Washington Examiner 


Pro-Lifers in 41st March for Life Brave Harsh Conditions

1/21/14 |The New American 


Through snow, ice and cold, the March for Life will go on

1/21/14 |USA Today 


March for Life – and ProLife Movement – Now Led by Young Adults

1/21/14 |Townhall 


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Brian Miller 1/21/14 |Juicy Ecumenism 


March for Life is important witness of unity, advocate says

Adelaide Mena |1/21/14 Catholic News Agency 


Catholic Colleges to Have Major Presence at March for Life

1/21/14 |The Cardinal Newman Society 


March for Life makes room for other causes

Meredith Somers | (1/20/14) | Washington Times


Marching on Washington, Again 

Kathryn Jean Lopez (1/20/14) National Review Online


Inside the Beltway: The bipartisan side of the March for Life

Jennifer Harper | (1/19/14) Washington Times


Choose adoption, not abortion: Column

Grazie Pozo Christie | (1/18/14) | USA Today


March for Life broadens focus to engage cultural, political realms

(1/17/14) CNA/EWTN News


This year’s March for Life reaches a new group: evangelicals

By Sarah Pulliam Bailey | (1/17/14) | Religion News Service


Pro-lifers hold peaceful protest for 40th consecutive year

April Thompson | (1/17/14) | Communities Digital News


2014 March for Life law summit will feature over 20 pro-life leaders

Dustin Siggins | (1/17/14) | LifeSiteNews


EWTN: Send Us Your ‘March for Life’/’Walk for Life’ Videos, Photos & Posts

(1/17/14) Global Newswire


RNC Bumps Annual Meeting for March for Life

CBNNews.com | (1/17/14)


Tired of the Media Blackout of the March for Life, New Pro-Life Documentary Planned

Katie Yoder | (1/16/14) | NewsBusters


March On!

John Burger | (1/ 15/14) | Catholic World Report 


Abortion foes blast California bill that would make access easier

By Chris Megerian (8/30/2013) Los Angeles Times 


About Marching On

By Kathryn Jean Lopez (8/26/2013) National Review Online 

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March for Life expands direction

By Jill Stanek (8/26/2013)  


Will a focus on adoption be key for pro-life advocates moving forward?

By Christopher Santarelli (6/13/2013) The Blaze 

By Kyle Drennen (5/1/2013) Media Research Center 


US Pro-Life leaders join Rome’s March for Life

By Alessandro Speciale (5/8/2013) Washington Post


Grand jury report likens Gosnell’s clinic to a “baby charnel house”

By Joseph Austin (4/17/2013) Catholic News Service 


Jeanne Monahan gives Recap of the March for Life

By Renee Pillor (4/12/2013) Media Research Center TV


Plan B Is The New Plan A

By Alicia Menendez – (4/8/2013) Huffpost Live


Morning-After Pill

By Brian Williams – (4/8/2013) NBC Nightly News


Morning-after Pill Ruling Reanimates Debate

By Sarah Kliff & Brady Dennis – (4/5/2013) The Washington Post


Pope Supports March for Life

By Bill Hemmer & Martha MacCallum – (1/25/2013) FOX News


40 Years After Roe v. Wade, Thousands March to Oppose Abortion

By Ashley Parker – (1/25/2013) The New York Times


Poll: Majority Support Roe v. Wade

By Luke Russert – (1/25/2013) The Daily Rundown (MSNBC)


‘Pro-life Generation’: Abortion Opponents Take Reins of Record Breaking March for Life

By Cheryl Wetzstein – (1/25/2013) The Washington Times

 


Pro-life Advocates March in DC for 40th Year

By Doug McKelway – (1/25/2013) FOX News


Pope Supports March for Life

By Bill Hemmer & Martha MacCallum – (1/25/2013) FOX News


40 Years After Roe v. Wade, Thousands March to Oppose Abortion

By Ashley Parker – (1/25/2013) The New York Times


Poll: Majority Support Roe v. Wade

By Luke Russert – (1/25/2013) The Daily Rundown (MSNBC)


‘Pro-life Generation’: Abortion Opponents Take Reins of Record Breaking March for Life

By Cheryl Wetzstein – (1/25/2013) The Washington Times


Antiabortion March for Life Gets a New Head and, Perhaps, a New Focus

By Michelle Boorstein – (1/24/2013) The Washington Post


Roe v. Wade Turns 40; New Gonzales Polls; Women in Combat; VA Redistricting

By Bruce DePuyt – (1/24/2013) NewsTalk with Bruce DePuyt (ABC)


OP-ED: Gaining Ground in a 40-Year March on Abortion

By Jeanne Monahan – (1/24/2013) The Washington Times


Two Sides of Roe: Activists Weigh In On Ruling’s Past, Present, Future

By Cheryl Wetzstein – (1/22/2013) The Washington Times


Abortion Moms Unite, Charge Racism, Lies Drive Pro-Choice Movement

By Paul Bedard – (1/22/2013) Washington Examiner


Republican Rep. Chris Smith Calls Obama the ‘Abortion President’

By Elise Viebeck – (1/22/2013) The Hill


Smith: Obama is the ‘Abortion President’

By Jonathan Tamari – (1/22/2013) The Inquirer


Pro-Life Caucus Co-Chair: Future Generations Will Wonder Why a Nobel Peace Prize-winner was the ‘Abortion President’

By Caroline May – (1/22/2013) The Daily Caller


Roe v. Wade Conference: Women Share Graphic Stories About Abortion’s Toll on Their Lives?

By Penny Starr – (1/22/2013) CNSNews


Dem Co-Chair of Pro-Life Caucus: ‘Without the Right to Life, No Other Rights Can Exist’

By Penny Starr – (1/22/2013) CNSNews


How Did Obama the Abortion President Win the Nobel Peace Prize?

By Steven Ertelt – (1/22/2013) LifeNews


Young People Becoming More Supportive of Pro-Life Movement?

By Uma Pemmaraju – (1/17/13) FOX News (TV interview)


Changes to March for Life Focus on Engaging Culture

By Adelaide Darling – (1/16/13) Catholic News Agency


March for Life’s Jeanne Monahan Leads Next Generation of Anti-Abortion Activists

By Adele M. Banks – (1/16/13) The Washington Post


March for Life Scheduled for Jan 25

By Elise Viebeck – (1/10/13) The Hill


40th March for Life Crowds Could Top Obama Inauguration

By Paul Bedard – (1/10/2013) Washington Examiner


Life News March for Life Attendance Could Top Obama Inaugural Event

By Steven Ertelt – (1/10/13) LifeNews


40 Years After Roe v. Wade, Pro-life Movement Strengthens its Resolve

By Carol Zimmerman – (1/4/2013) Catholic News Service


We March Onward

By Alton J. Pelowski – (12/31/12) Columbia Magazine


Son Rise Morning Show with Brian Patrick

(11/21/12) EWTN (radio interview) archive Jeanne begins at 02:44:00

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2013 March For Life

Join the Rally: 1/25/2013

March For Life RallyThe location this year will be on the National Mall between 7th & 9th Streets, the same place as last year. The rally will begin at 12:00 PM and continue until about 1:30 PM, followed immediately by the March. Please dispose of your trash properly. Use the receptacles on the mall. If you can’t find a receptacle, or if the receptacles are full, please take your trash with you—do not leave it on top of, or on the ground next to, a full trash can. Do not leave trash anywhere on the mall where someone else will have to pick it up. 

The March will begin immediately after the rally and follow its customary route up Constitution Avenue to the Supreme Court building on Capitol Hill. If you are returning to the Hyatt Regency or Union Station upon completion of the March, please continue past the Supreme Court building, turn left on East Capitol Street and left again on 2nd Street. That will allow you to proceed to your destination without going against the flow of marchers who are still arriving at the Supreme Court. Please do not leave your signs, or trash of any kind, on the streets or anywhere along the route of the March. Take it with you to your destination and dispose of it properly.

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Click here to view the route map for the March for Life. Bus captains, please be sure to print this map to take with you.

Hotel Reservations

Sorry, our hotel blocks are closed. We can add you to a waiting list in case additional rooms come available. Our rooms are at the Hyatt Regency on Capitol Hill, and at the Washington Court Hotel across the street from the Hyatt. The rate at both hotels is $173 plus tax for a total of $198.09 per night. We also have some information on other hotels in downtown Washington and in the Virginia suburbs. Hotels in the suburbs are located near subway lines and are significantly less expensive than downtown locations. Please send your inquiry to MarcherRooms@aol.com.

Rose Dinner

The Rose Dinner will be held on the evening of January 25, 2013, the same day as the March for Life.  Our keynote speaker will be announced as soon as possible. The social hour will begin at 6:00 PM and dinner will be served at 7:00 PM. More information will be posted on our website as soon as it becomes available. Tickets are $85. You can click on the Rose Dinner button in the upper left corner of the home page and follow the links to purchase tickets on line. On-line ticket sales will end mid-day on Wednesday, January 23, 2013. A limited number of tickets will be available at the door for $100. 

Youth Rally

The MARCH FOR LIFE Youth Rally will be held on Thursday, January 24, 2013, in the Regency Ballroom of the Hyatt Regency hotel, from 2:00 PM to 5:00 PM. Access speakers schedule and additional information for the youth rally. Tickets are not required. There is no cost to participate. 

Law of Life Summit

The Law of Life Summit “3” will be held on Thursday, January 24, 2013, at the Hyatt Regency hotel, from 11:00 AM to 2:00 PM. It is being presented by Ave Maria School of Law in cooperation with the MARCH FOR LIFE Education and Defense Fund. There is no cost to participate but space is limited, Law of Life Summit registration.

Youth Rally and Mass for Life, sponsored by the Archdiocese of Washington: Friday, January 25, 2013

March for Life Convention

Information will be posted on our website as it becomes available.   

MARCH FOR LIFE Exhibit Hall: The Exhibit Hall will be located on the lower lobby level of the Hyatt Regency hotel. The hours of operation are 12:00 PM to 9:00 PM on Thursday, January 24, 2013; and from 8:00 AM to 11:00 AM and approximately 3:00 PM (following the March) until 6:00 PM on Friday, January 25, 2013.    

Tour Bus Information: The following links should answer most of your questions.

The closest Metro Stations to the Rally site are Smithsonian and L’Enfant Plaza. 

The Inaugural Nellie Gray 5K (January 26, 2013)

The Inaugural MARCH FOR LIFE 5K will be held at 8:00 AM on Saturday, January 26, 2013 in West Potomac Park, Washington, DC. The event is hosted by the National LIFE Runners Team. Check out related events for more information. 

March for Life Annual Report Messages

Please download this form. You can place messages through the website, or by fax or mail. Deadline has been extended to January 3, 2013.

National Prayer Vigil, sponsored by the U.S. Conference of Catholic Bishops

National Prayer Vigil Information – Thursday, January 24, 2013

 

 Click Here to Support the March for Life

Life Principles

Knowing that no sound action can grow out of a vacuum of purpose, MARCH FOR LIFE formulated the Life Principles as a forthright, comprehensive statement of the position motivating the prolife movement. These Life Principles serve as the basis for prolife moral and legal theory by which the American people can overturn Roe v.Wade.

These Life Principles express the ideals motivating prolife Americans and indicate the purpose of the MARCH FOR LIFE:

  • We hold these truths to be self-evident: That all human beings are created equal and are endowed by their Creator with certain unalienable rights, among which is the right to life, and Therefore
  • The right to life of each human being shall be preserved and protected by every human being in the society and by the society as a whole, and
  • The life of each human being shall be preserved and protected from that human being’s biological beginning when the Father’s sperm fertilizes the Mother’s ovum, and
  • The life of each human being shall be preserved and protected from the biological beginning throughout the natural continuum of that human being’s life by all available ordinary means and reasonable efforts, and
  • The life of each human being shall be preserved and protected at each stage of the life continuum to the same extent as at each and every other stage regardless of state of health or condition of dependency, and
  • The life of each human being shall be preserved and protected to the same extent as the life of each and every other human being regardless of state of health or condition of dependency, and
  • When there is any doubt that there exists a human being’s life to preserve and protect, such doubt shall be resolved In favor of the existence of a human being, and
  • When two or more human beings are in a situation in which their lives are mutually endangered, all available ordinary means and reasonable efforts shall be used to preserve and protect the life of each and every human being so endangered:
  • WHEREFORE, Pursuant To These Principles, we recommend and urge the adoption of a Mandatory HUMAN LIFE AMENDMENT to the Constitution of the United States of America.

Applying the Life Principles

Realizing that no sound action can grow out of a vacuum of purpose, in 1974 the MARCH FOR LIFE formulated and included in its charter of incorporation, the Life Principles, as shown above. Purposefully, the Life Principles are not framed in the negative tone of “thou shalt not,” and are framed in the positive tone of duty and responsibility of each human being and of society. The Life Principles are set in the context of our Declaration of Independence—that the right to life is inalienable and endowed by our Creator. If this basic right is weakened, all other rights are meaningless, as disparagement of the value and dignity of human beings will then permeate our society’s mentality and the Laws of our Land—contrary to our common good.

It is the duty of each individual and of society operating through its laws to provide protection for each member of the society. This follows the basic homicide laws of the common law that society protects a member from assault and death. The protection shall extend from the beginning of each human being’s life – acknowledged to be when the father’s sperm fertilizes the mother’s ovum – and throughout the natural continuum of that human being’s life.

All available ordinary means and reasonable efforts shall be used to preserve and protect human life. This would be determined on a case-by-case basis; it is ordinary in our practice of law to consider the facts of each case.

No value distinction may be made in determining the worth and dignity of any human being. Thus, the life of an individual as a preborn child shall be preserved and protected to the same extent as at any other stage of that individual’s life, whether infant, teenager, or aged.

Similarly, no value distinction shall be made between the value of the life of one individual and of another; the life of a preborn child shall be preserved and protected to the same extent as the life of, e.g., an infant, a young adult or a middle-aged prominent national figure. In summary, each human being’s life shall be preserved and protected, using all available ordinary means and reasonable efforts, without regard to whose life it is “better” to presence and protect. There can be no exceptions.

If there is any doubt whether or not a human being exists, then society and any individual resolves that doubt in favor of action which will preserve and protect a human life. A woman unsure of whether she is pregnant, for instance, would not use an abortifacient, which could kill her preborn child who may be in her womb. This follows the simple practice that one does not shoot a bullet into a blind area which may be occupied by a human being.If the lives of two human beings are mutually endangered, use all available ordinary means and reasonable efforts to preserve and protect the life of each and every human being so endangered. Even with these efforts and means, one human being’s life may be lost, or all may be lost. But, the guiding principles are that no innocent human may be intentionally killed in an effort to save another human, and that it shall not be predetermined by law that one human life may be sacrificed to save the life of another human. Any decision about who may be saved must be made on a case-by-case basis, taking into consideration the total circumstances, and trying to save as many humans as possible. With respect to a difficult pregnancy, the principle of “equal care for both the pregnant mother and her preborn child” is well established. Although a pregnant mother and/or her preborn child may die, there is no justification in the law of God or man for the intentional killing of even one innocent born or preborn human in existence at fertilization. NO EXCEPTION! NO COMPROMISE!

With these Life Principles in mind, the MARCH FOR LIFE is the collective effort of grassroots prolife Americans to assure that our state and federal laws shall protect the right to life of each human in existence at fertilization. An important step is adoption of a Mandatory Human Life Amendment to the Constitution of the United States. Such an amendment would be simple and require that individuals and society provide protection for the right to life of each human in existence at fertilization. It would require that State laws conform to the Constitution and provide the same protection. Thus, the Life Principles provide guidance and purpose to the grassroots prolife volunteers in our efforts to be effective through our education and action programs.

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Nellie Gray’s Legacy

March For Life Board Is Committed to Ensuring a Continuation of Nellie Gray’s Legacy

The Board of Directors of the March for Life Education and Defense Fund, which organizes and runs the annual March for Life in Washington, DC, met on August 14, 2012, and approved a transition plan that will continue the legacy and vision of their former President, Nellie J .Gray, who passed away last week. In a unanimous decision, the Board of Directors elected board member Patrick E. Kelly as Interim Chairman of the Board of Directors and board member Jeanne F. Monahan as Interim President. Mr. Kelly and Ms. Monahan will guide the day-to-day operations of the March for Life and ensure the continuation of the vision of its founder, Nellie Gray.

Mr. Kelly serves as Vice President for Public Policy for the Knights of Columbus, the world’s largest Catholic fraternal organization, where he is responsible for matters relating to public policy, legislation, and government affairs. He has over twenty-five years of distinguished military and government service, which has included work in the U.S. State Department, the Justice Department, and on staff in the U.S. House of Representatives. A Captain in the U.S. Navy JAG Corps Reserve, he holds a Bachelor’s Degree and Juris Doctor from Marquette University and a Master of Theological Studies from the Pontifical John Paul II Institute for Studies on Marriage and Family at the Catholic University of America.

Ms. Monahan is the Director of the Center for Human Dignity at the Family Research Council in Washington, DC. In this capacity, she is an expert on life issues and is a regular media contributor on issues related to the dignity of human life. Previously, Ms. Monahan served in various capacities at the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services. A life-long advocate for life, Ms. Monahan holds a Bachelor’s Degree from James Madison University and a Master of Theological Studies from the Pontifical John Paul II Institute for Studies on Marriage and Family at the Catholic University of America.

“Patrick and Jeanne are fantastic and intelligent leaders in the prolife movement who will continue the great legacy set forth by Nellie Gray,” said Terrence Scanlon, who has served as Vice President of the March for Life Education and Defense Fund for more than two decades.

The 40th March for Life will be held on the National Mall on January 25, 2013.

Grateful Response to Marchers

Grateful Response to Marchers for Life. Nellie is Fine!

Washington, DC (January 25, 2008) – Grateful Response to Marchers for Life. Thank you for your concern and many inquiries about the condition of Nellie Gray after her fall on the MARCH FOR LIFE stage on January 22, 2008.

Nellie descibes the incident like this: “I tripped over a piece of the sound equipment, which pulled my footing out so forcefully that I felt as if I were airborne. There was nothing for me to grab hold of and nothing to break my fall. My glasses fell off. The full weight of my body was thrown head-first atop my glasses, which shattered and cut my forehead seriously. I did not lose consciousness, my vision is still fine, and the broken glass did not get into my eyes.”

The emergency medical team closed the wound with eleven stitches and reported that there appears to be no broken or fractured bones. The stitches will be removed in a few days. Even though I shall have a bruised head and cheek for awhile, I am feeling fine.”

The MARCH FOR LIFE Fund Board of Directors is grateful to be able to make this positive report. We know that this good news is due to the help of your many prayers, the good work of many prolifers who were at the scene, and the good work of the emergency medics. Thank you again for your concern and your prayers. Nellie is back at her desk.

– MARCH FOR LIFE Fund Board of Directors