We witnessed a living miracle at the 2018 March for Life. Abigail Beutler stood on stage with her mother, Congresswoman Jaime Herrera Beutler, charming the crowd with her sweetness and smiles!
Abigail’s presence is a miracle because while the Congresswoman was pregnant with Abigail, her first child, she and her husband Dan received the heartbreaking news that their baby had “zero percent chance of survival.”
Their unborn baby was diagnosed with Potter’s Syndrome, and doctors told the Beutlers there was nothing that could be done; their baby would die and that “a lot of women at this point would be across the street scheduling an abortion.”
However, that was out of the question for the couple. Dan Beutler shared with CNN’s Dana Bash, “Being able to hear the heartbeat … we had this gut feeling of there has to be something — I mean, a doctor may say it, but she’s moving. That’s pretty convincing. We know she’s still alive.”
At the 2018 March for Life, with her family by her side, Congresswoman Herrerra Beutler shared these moving words:
“I was told there was no chance of survival – but they were wrong. They weren’t bad people – they just had never seen a baby with this condition survive. But that’s the point: What if the doctor is wrong about others too? What if together, we can break new ground, find new treatments that will benefit more than just our own families? What if the baby won’t have that significant health condition or disability? Or even if she does – what if every baby was at least given a shot to reach her true, miraculous potential?
Who would we be as a nation? What richness would society get to see? Instead of the equivalent of two generations missing because of that choice, would we have already witnessed one of those individuals having discovered a cure for cancer? The key to eradicating extreme poverty?
What if we had spent the last 45 years – the length of time abortion has been allowed in the United States – pouring time and money into finding a cure in the womb for medical conditions like spina bifida, micro-sephaly, or congenital heart defects?
What if that money was used to end the baby’s disease – not her life?”
You can watch her full remarks HERE:
She concluded her remarks with a hopeful word that reminds us all again, that love saves lives:
“Today, we have come together to say – there’s hope! For every expectant mother who has been given a devastating diagnosis. For every woman who feels fear, anger, or anxiety because she doesn’t know how she can afford to care for a child. For every woman who feels hopeless: God loves you. For every baby given up on by the status quo: God still does miracles.
We must recognize the unborn child as the miracle he or she is – a person developing with extraordinary potential and purpose – who deserves a fighting chance to live and just maybe reach that extraordinary potential. After all, I believe it’s the only way our society will truly reach ours.”
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.
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!
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!
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!
“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.”
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.”
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.
Today, lawmakers and pro-life leaders joined together to support the Conscience Protection Act in a press conference on Capitol Hill. The legislation would protect the conscience rights of health care providers from the power of federal and state governments coercing them to participate in the brutal act of abortion.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.)