Profile of Jeanne Mancini in the Washington Post

 

Over the weekend, the Washington Post Magazine published a piece entitled, “I Could Use My Voice,” featuring ten activists from a wide spectrum of issues.

They even included a pro-life advocate, our very own Jeanne Mancini, President of the March for Life!

In the piece, Jeanne is able to share some of the truths that drive her and our work at the March for Life:

“I believe that everybody has inherent human dignity, from conception to natural death. And each person has the right to live out their unique mission. I can’t think of a more important social justice cause.”

 

The full piece also includes a video montage of the activists, with a clip of Jeanne at the March for Life, proclaiming, “pro-life is pro-woman!

Reflecting on the contentiousness of the issue of abortion, Jeanne goes on to say, “But you can’t back down because of fear, or what people think, or your reputation. You have to do what you know in your heart is right. How can you not?”

What an inspiring reminder for each of us!

In this time of cultural division, we each must stand strong in the truth of our beliefs and in our work to build a culture of life.

>>>> Be sure to read the entire segment on March for Life President Jeanne Mancini HERE.

March for Life Conference Details Announced

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
December 16, 2015
CONTACT: Ryan Hughes
Shirley & Banister Public Affairs
703-739-5920/800-536-5920

rhughes@sbpublicaffairs.com
 

March for Life Announces Details for Conference on January 21, 2016

Washington, D.C – The March for Life Education and Defense Fund has announced details for its annual March for Life Conference to accompany the March For Life 2016 Rally this January. The March for Life Conference is designed to provide marchers with in-depth education on the yearly theme. The speakers and training sessions will provide information and training tools for marchers to go back to their communities equipped to make a difference for life in their communities. A continental breakfast will be served.

March for Life Conference
Thursday, January 21, 2016 from 9:00 AM – 12:00 PM ET
Renaissance Washington DC Downtown Hotel
999 Ninth Street NW
Washington, D.C. 20001

9:00 a.m. Keynote Session
“Why the Pro-Life Movement Is the Authentic Women’s Movement,” Sue Ellen Browder

10:00 a.m. Panel Discussion
This panel will include three pro-life female leaders giving brief remarks and then delving into the tough questions related to being a woman and being pro-life in today’s world.

11:00 a.m. Advocacy Training
Capitol Hill 101, an orientation designed to equip marchers to meet with their Members of Congress during their March for Life trip to advocate for the sanctity of life.

The March for Life Education and Defense Fund has launched several new digital tools for the 2016 March for Life – the March for Life Movement Map, a Trip Finder, and the March for Life mobile app. The Map, debuted on December 4th, seven weeks prior to the 2016 event, shows the nationwide support for the March for Life, and allows marchers to share their participation on social media networks. The Trip Finder allows interested marchers to connect with trips from their local area, and the updated March for Life app, available on iTunes and Google Play, is an all-inclusive tool for March for Life planning, participation, as well as pro-life resources.

The March for Life in Washington, D.C., began as a small demonstration on January 22, 1974, the first anniversary of the now-infamous Supreme Court decisions in Roe v. Wade and Doe v. Bolton and rapidly grew to be the largest pro-life event in the world. The peaceful demonstration that has followed on this somber anniversary every year since is a witness to the truth concerning the greatest human rights violation of our time, abortion.

Jeanne Mancini, President of March for Life Education and Defense Fund, is available for interviews. For more information or to schedule an interview, please contact Ryan Hughes at RHughes@SBPublicAffairs.com or (703) 739-5920.

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American thinker – March for Life 2015: Love and Wrath Both Burning

The Inquisitr – March For Life 2015: Thousands Gather In Washington D.C. To Support…

Daily CallerRepublican Betrayal Haunts DC March For Life

FOX NewsMarch for Life 2015: Forty two years after Roe v. Wade, we still march on

FOX NewsPro-life demonstrators crowd National Mall in annual March for Life

The BlazeProtesters Arrested at the March for Life

NBC4 NewsThousands Protest Abortion in Annual “March for Life” in D.C.

WJLA – Thousands protest abortion in annual March for Life on National Mall

The BlazeWatch Live: Annual March for Life in Washington, D.C.

USA Today – ‘Roe v. Wade’ turns 42; thousands march in opposition

National Catholic Register#WhyWeMarch: Scenes from 2015’s National March for Life

Catholic News Agency – March for Life 2015 unites ‘pro-life generation’

The GuardianThousands gather in ‘March for Life’ as activists seek to halt abortion ‘through …

Breitbart NewsMarch for Life Expects 500000

WTOPThousands march in DC for March for Life anniversary

U-T San DiegoDemonstrators crowd National Mall in annual March for Life

Baltimore SunRoe v. Wade anniversary brings both sides out to Washington

The Washington TimesCHRISTY STUTZMAN: The pro-life generation

The Blaze‘I’ve Never Seen Anything Like It in My Entire Life’: See Photos of the Massive …

The Examiner – March for Life 2015

The Washington PostAbortion opponents rally on Mall, optimistic that nation’s views are aligning with …

LifeNews Hundreds of Thousands of Pro-Lifers March for Life: Mourn 57 Million Abortions

UPI – 2015 March for Life in Washington

Vatican RadioMarch for Life 2015 in Washington, DC

PatheosI’d Rather Be at March for Life

Catholic News AgenyCardinal: No pro-life victory without reaching the marginalized

Catholic Herald OnlineCardinal urges pro-life movement to be ‘a field hospital, not Judge Judy’

Crux‘We shall overcome’ in fight against abortion, says Cardinal O’Malley

 

NewsBusters New March for Life Video Celebrates Defenders of the Unborn

Washington Times – Pope Francis shoutout to March for Life: ‘Every Life is a Gift’

Townhall – Pope Francis Once Again Tweets Support for the March for Life

LifeNews – Pope Francis Tweets Support for March for Life as America Mourns

Breitbart News – Pope Francis: Baby in Mother’s Womb Is ‘First Experience of Communication’

National Catholic RegisterPope Encourages U.S. March for Life Via Tweet

CatholicPhilly – Pope signs decrees in sainthood causes, including for US-born priest

The Olympian 2015 March for Life rally draws thousands to the Capitol campus

The News TribuneThousands converge on state Capitol for annual anti-abortion rally

Breitbart NewsRenee Ellmers Leads GOP’s Cave on Abortion on Eve of March for Life

Breitbart News – Exclusive: Pro-Life Leaders Call for Ellmers’ Ouster

Washington Post – Who had the worst week in Washington? Rep. Renee Ellmers (RN.C.).

 

Huffington Post – Millennials Descend On Lawmaker’s Office To Complain About Abortion Bill, Get …

Think Progress Meet The GOP Congresswoman Who’s Tearing Her Party Apart Over Abortion

Bloomberg The Congressional Anti-Abortion Sit-In That Didn’t Happen

Daily Signal At Last Second, House GOP Leaders Ditch Effort to Pass Bill Limiting Abortion

­AL.com – South Alabama youth at March for Life: What they said

Breitbart News – March for Life Expects 500000

The Cardinal Newman SocietyNotre Dame Students Attend 2015 March for Life

The Cardinal Newman Society – Thousands of Students from Faithful Catholic Colleges to Attend2015 March for …

The Chicago Tribune – Montini Catholic Students To Attend March for Life in Washington D.C.

THV – March for Life event marks 42nd anniversary for Roe v. Wade

VVNG – Victorville March for Life 2015 Pro-Life March

WANE – Remembering Roe v. Wade 42 years later

Patriot Post­ – Show the World That Americans ‘Choose Life’

Savannah Morning – Star Parker: Marching for life on Thursday

Topeka Capital Journal – Star Parker: Americans choose life

WKBN – Youngstown Catholic Churches remember Roe V. Wade with prayer

 

WND.com – ROE V. WADE

 

UPI.com – 2015 March for Life in Washington

 

Hillsdale Collegian – Students for life march on DC

 

Chicago Sun-Times – Archbishop Cupich joins hundreds at March for Life rally

 

Catholic Herald Online – March for Life set for Washington return

 

Mother Jones – The Group Behind America’s Biggest Anti-Abortion March Now Says 

 

CNN – House passes abortion measure

 

WHAS 11 – House passes bill to prohibit federal funding for abortion

 

Rochester Democrat and Chronicle – Local feminist group joins March for Life

 

Gospel Herald – ’19 Kids and Counting’s Josh Duggar Speaks at March for Life: ‘We Must Defend …

 

Examiner.com – The Duggar family meets up with the Bates at the March for Life rally

 

Lifesite – Bikers for Life rev up the March for Life

 

Washington Times – March for Life reflects abortion awareness among young gen

 

Family Research Council – Architecture, Values and the March for Life

 

The Federalist – Why The March For Life Matters To Me—And Should To EveRY ONe

 

Nwitimes – Illiana contingent heads to D.C. for March for Life

 

FOX10 – Hundreds from southern Alabama take part in March for Life

 

Washington Post – Thousands ‘March for Life‘ in DC

 

Fond Du Lac Reporter –  Wisconsin students ‘March for Life

 

Toledo Blade – Protesters from area March for Life

 

Daily Caller – DC March For Life: The Beat Goes On

 

Altanta Daily World – 10th Annual March for Life Chicago Draws Record Breaking Numbers

 

KFor – Thousands attend March for Life on anniversary of Roe v. Wade

 

Indianapolis – 2 Indiana congresswomen help block GOP’s anti-abortion bill

 

National Journal – Antiabortion Activists March on Washington After GOP Ditche

 

KSHB – Group of Kansas City Catholics returns from March for Life i

 

CBS Local – Annual March for Life Draws Crowds in Washington

 

Washington Post – Republicans pulled a classic bait-and-switch with abortion bill

 

The college Fix – Pro-life generation: Young people flood annual March for Life

 

Aleteia – March for Life Expands

 

Daily Beast – Pro-Lifers Lost in Purgatory

 

Washington Post – House Republicans pass watered-down antiabortion bill

 

USA Today – The ultrasound generation: Column

 

National Right to Life News – Sen. Scott, Rep. McMorris-Rodgers lead congressional deleates

 

Slate Magazine – Sen. Scott, Rep. McMorris-Rodgers lead congressional deleg

 

USA Today – Twin terrors – Abortion, gunfire: Column

 

Politico – Rape controversies return to haunt GOP

 

National Monitor – Protesters filled National Mall in annual March for Life

 

CBS News – On Roe vs. Wade anniversary, House passes abortion fundinG

 

Washington Post Annual March for Life draws crowds in DC

 

Every Life is a Gift: Shockwaves Initiative

 

Guest blog post by Georgette Forney & Janet Morana

When Robin Williams committed suicide last fall, the United States experienced a collective sense of grief that generated thousands of comments on social media outlets for an extensive period of time.

Why were people so strongly impacted by William’s death?

When death touches us personally, its impact is felt much deeper and it leaves a permanent hole where our love for that person resided. Even though the vast majority of people grieving for Robin Williams did not personally know him, we connected with his characters like Mrs. Doubtfire or Mork from Ork!  He was like family, and he brought us joy.

Over the last six years, the Silent No More Awareness Campaign has seen a similar phenomenon happening with families who have been impact by the death of an unborn child.

March For Life 2014This year the Silent No More Awareness Campaign is launching the Healing the Shockwaves of Abortion to help those who are grieving this type of loss.  This year long initiative has a special focus each month on a target population impacted by abortion such as grandparents, siblings, and immediate and extended  family members, abortion providers and a special emphasis in February and October on minority communities who are especially devastated by abortion loss.  We hope to raise awareness, heal and restore the connection they are missing for their family member lost to abortion.  Though our zip code based healing website abortionhealing.org  all touched by abortion can find healing resources and the forgiveness and peace that grieving and memorializing the aborted child can bring to a family.

The typical pattern after the procedure is that abortions are kept a secret. Whether it was the mother’s, father’s or the couples decision, the experience is kept hidden with hopes that the pain and grief will go away by denying it light. But secrets tend to gnaw at the heart and lead to painful ways to express the hurt, such as anger, depression, eating disorders, and addictions to numb the hurt. This secret pain of the abortion Shockwaves sometimes even destroys marriage and family relationships.

Testimonies of those who have had abortions describe how abortion creates a sense of isolation, feeling like they are the only one hurting, while healing can restore connection and a sense of unity amongst family members.  As people in a family heal from an abortion loss, relationships and love can once again flourish.

M4L_Generic_Meme10Every life is a gift but when a life is denied…everyone is denied the joy of knowing and interacting with that person. Look around your family. What would life be like without one of your grandchildren or siblings or nieces or nephews? Or is someone already missing in your family and painful secrets are keeping walls erected between you?

This year as the March ends at the Supreme Court we will have an historic launching of our Shockwaves Initiative with a special gathering reflecting the various target groups for our year long project.  For the first time, joining the mothers, fathers, siblings, grandparents and friends holding signs and sharing testimonies of their abortion loss at the steps of the Supreme Court, we will have a former abortionist, Anthony Levatino sharing his testimony and standing with all those impacted by the Shockwaves of abortion.  Join us for this historic gathering after the March for Life.

This is why we march – we want people to realize abortion scatters hearts but healing gathers them back together.

Please visit abortionshockwaves.com for more information.

 

KIDS: Keep Infants with Down Syndrome

 

Guest blog post by Leticia Velasquez, Co-founder of KIDS (Keep Infants with Down Syndrome) and author of “A Special Mother is Born.”

Dating sites are very popular these days. You fill out a profile and find your ideal mate for life. Naturally, most profiles are a bit flattering, “energetic, attractive man who loves candlelit dinners and walks on the beach. . . .” Imagine a profile with no photo and the following description: I have mental delays and physical challenges including; heart defects, low muscle tone, hearing loss, visual impairment, spinal instability, increased tendency towards obesity and leukemia, shorter lifespan and limited prospects for happiness.

DSC_8672Most people would avoid this poor individual like the plague. Yet that is precisely the description given to women expecting a baby with Down syndrome. Nothing positive, only a laundry list of possible defects. The perfect baby she has been dreaming of has been reduced to a nightmare of neediness. No wonder from 75 to 92% of pregnant women receiving a prenatal diagnosis of Down syndrome chose to abort their baby. In one fourth of doctors’ offices, it is the doctor who holds up this list as an attorney citing evidence stating “This life is not worth living.”

The mother of the unborn baby with Down syndrome is often under relentless pressure from her spouse, relatives and even her own conscience as it is suggested “Think of your other children, what would having a baby like that do to them?” Who is speaking for the silent child at this point? As prenatal screening is performed earlier than ever, before the mother has developed a relationship with the baby in the womb, she has no idea how to counter the onslaught of bad news and, too often, has little knowledge of the positive aspects of raising a child with Down syndrome.

KIDS in 2009 March fo rLifeThat’s where advocacy groups are filling the gap. From diagnosis to adulthood, those who are blessed to know people with Down syndrome are flooding the media with joyful images of fulfilling lives lived with an extra chromosome. My group, KIDS Keep Infants with Down Syndrome, has marched in the March for Life since 2009 to call attention to the joy of life with someone with Down syndrome. When we started, we were considered a novelty, but now I am happy to say, perceptions of Down syndrome are changing.  Target, and Nordstrom’s feature ads with models with Down syndrome and a Spanish bathing suit designer chose an adorable baby with Down syndrome as her model. Award winning films like “Produce” about a man with Down syndrome whose work has become an inspiration, are available on the Internet. A TV reality show based on Tim’s Place, an Albuquerque restaurant where hugs are on the menu is coming next season.

Science is contributing to the wave of positive news about Down syndrome with six promising clinical trials of medicine to help ameliorate cognitive delays and suggestions on how the diagnosis of Down syndrome can be made in a more patient friendly manner. After all, there are two patients involved! A 2011 survey of families who include someone with Down syndrome by Dr. Brian Skotko provides insight into day to day life; ninety-nine percent of parents were happy with their child with Down syndrome and those with Down syndrome reported an equal amount of happiness with their lives. Ninety seven percent of siblings reported that they had become better people thanks to their sibling with Down syndrome.

n1213717587_30044789_5508I know this to be true as our entire family has become more compassionate, more giving, and more able to stop and smell the roses since our youngest daughter Christina was born with Down syndrome in 2002. Now we just want to help the world to see as my friend Eileen Haupt, the co-founder of KIDS says,” Doctors can tell you about the challenges which come with a child with Down syndrome but they can’t tell you about the love they bring.”

 

 

Marching for Life Across America

 

The National March for Life in Washington, D.C. is just a few days away!  However, Americans are marching for life across the country this weekend to show their support for the cause of life!  Check out these stories and YOUR social media posts.  Let’s continue sharing with the world WHY we march using #WhyWeMarch.

Pro-Life Leaders to Address March for Life

 

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

January 16, 2015

CONTACT: Ryan Hughes
Shirley & Banister Public Affairs
703-739-5920/800-536-5920

RHughes@SBPublicAffairs.com

Speakers to Share Experience with Global Pro-Life Movement

Washington, D.C.—The March for Life Education and Defense Fund announced today the lineup of speakers for the March for Life’s Annual Gathering on the National Mall on January 22, 2015 at 11:00 AM ET.  They will have the opportunity to share their touching stories and experiences with the global pro-life movement.

“We welcome these remarkable speakers to join our cause to help advocate for the protection of every life, and they strongly believe that every life is a gift,” said Jeanne Monahan-Mancini, President of March for Life Education and Defense Fund. “Their moving experience and testimonies will give us all the more reason to gather in solidarity to advocate for every life.”

  • Rev. Joseph Kurtz, President of U.S. Conference of Catholic Bishops
  • Dr. Grazie Pozo Christie, M.D.
  • Carl Anderson, Supreme Knight of the Knights of Columbus
  • Rep. Cathy McMorris Rodgers (R-WA)
  • Rep. Chris Smith (R-NJ)
  • Rep. Daniel Lipinski (D-IL)
  • Sen. Tim Scott (R-SC)
  • Kathleen Wilson of Mary’s Shelter
  • Julia Johnson, Senior at Shanley High School
  • Nancy Kreuzer, Silent No More
  • Kristan Hawkins, President of Students for Life
  • Rev. Sammy Rodriguez, National Hispanic Christian Leadership Conference

The March for Life in Washington, D.C., began as a small demonstration on January 22, 1974, the first anniversary of the now-infamous Supreme Court decisions in Roe v Wade and Doe v Bolton and rapidly grew to be the largest pro-life event in the world.  The peaceful demonstration that has followed on this somber anniversary every year since is a witness to the truth concerning the greatest human rights violation of our time, legalized abortion on demand.

Jeanne Monahan-Mancini, President of March for Life Education and Defense Fund, is available for interviews. For more information or to schedule an interview, please contact Ryan Hughes at RHughes@SBPublicAffairs.com or (703) 739-5920.

Senator Tim Scott & House GOP Conference Chair Cathy McMorris-Rodgers to Lead Congressional Delegation in March for Life

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
January 13, 2015
CONTACT: Ryan Hughes
Shirley & Banister Public Affairs
703-739-5920/800-536-5920

RHughes@SBPublicAffairs.com

Members will Honor Every Life as a Gift in Annual Pro-Life Event

Washington, D.C.—The March for Life Education and Defense Fund announced today that House GOP Conference Chairwoman Cathy McMorris-Rodgers (R-WA), Senator Tim Scott (R-SC), Representative Daniel Lipinski (D-IL), and Representative Chris Smith (R-NJ) will lead the congressional delegation as featured speakers at the March for Life on January 22, 2014 during the annual pro-life event.  They will have the opportunity to share their touching stories and experiences with the global pro-life movement.

“These remarkable congressional leaders are joining our cause to help advocate for the protection of the unborn, and they strongly believe that every life is a gift,” said Jeanne Monahan-Mancini, President of March for Life Education and Defense Fund. “Their commitment to this cause is crucial in passing laws to protect lives in this country.”

On the exact day of the march, the house is set to vote on the Pain-Capable Unborn Child Protection Act, or HR 36, first introduced by Representative Trent Franks and Representative Marsha Blackburn, which will put an end to abortion after 20 weeks, or five months, based on the child’s ability to feel pain.

“This vote will give us even more reason to rally on the National Mall with the hundreds of thousands and subsequently march to the Supreme Court in celebration of life. We’re hopeful that this is a sign of more pro-life legislation in the future.”

The March for Life in Washington, D.C., began as a small demonstration on January 22, 1974, the first anniversary of the now-infamous Supreme Court decisions in Roe v Wade and Doe v Bolton and rapidly grew to be the largest pro-life event in the world.  The peaceful demonstration that has followed on this somber anniversary every year since is a witness to the truth concerning the greatest human rights violation of our time, legalized abortion on demand.

Jeanne Monahan-Mancini, President of March for Life Education and Defense Fund, is available for interviews. For more information or to schedule an interview, please contact Ryan Hughes at RHughes@SBPublicAffairs.com or (703) 739-5920.

Brothers are a Gift: Andrew and Joseph

 

Guest Blog post by Kim Dupliantier.  Kim & Allan Dupliantier live in Stafford, VA.  Their sons, Andrew (9) & Joseph (2), are just two of their nine children. Brothers Andrew and Joseph both have Down Syndrome.

Andrew and Joseph have enriched our lives in countless ways. These special boys bring so much love and joy to our family. Their smiles light up a room. We have all learned to be patient as we have watched them persevere to reach developmental milestones that I took for granted with my other children-sitting, crawling, eating, walking, talking. We celebrate with them and feel their pride. They have taught my other children to be kind, charitable and compassionate as they are quick to help Andrew and Joseph with their needs. This has extended beyond our home, as two of my daughters have volunteered with therapeutic horseback riding for other children with special needs. One of my daughters is preparing to become a nurse, and has expressed interest in working with people with special needs. Another daughter would also like to pursue some field of therapy. I believe this desire has come from having Andrew and Joseph in our family.

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Photo Credit: Tiffany Michelle Photography, LLC

The most important way that brothers Andrew and Joseph have enriched our lives is by showing us the power of prayer and that miracles do happen. Both Andrew and Joseph were born with many medical issues. Andrew was born with a heart defect and duodenal atresia and has had numerous surgeries and complications. God has blessed us with wonderful doctors and nurses and we have witnessed firsthand His healing power. When Joseph was born ten weeks early, he weighed only 2 pounds and was 14 inches long. He was truly a miracle baby, as the doctors told us if they had waited even an hour longer to deliver him, he would have been stillbirth. As he struggled in the NICU, so many were praying and we watched as the prayers were answered. When Joseph came home from the hospital, we noticed that he was not responsive as Andrew and my other children had been as a baby. He made no eye contact, did not respond to any sounds and could not even hold up his head or grasp a finger. We brought him to many specialists, who tried to rule out blindness and hearing loss. Eventually, Joseph began having seizures and was diagnosed with West Syndrome, a rare and catastrophic form of epilepsy. He was having more than a hundred seizures a day. We were devastated. I have never prayed so hard in my life. We watched as God performed another miracle and his seizures are finally under control. He is sitting up and starting to crawl and say words and eat solid food-things I feared we would never see. Joseph smiled for the first time at 13 months old and has not stopped since! He is truly a miracle and we are so blessed!

“Our boys have forever changed our lives for the better and we are so blessed and grateful.”

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Photo Credit: Tiffany Michelle Photography, LLC

Our prayer is that people would not be scared by a prenatal diagnosis of trisomy 21 or any other chromosomal abnormalities. These special children are truly gifts to be enjoyed and nurtured like all other children. Even with their unique challenges, they are children that need to be loved and want to give love to others. Our boys enjoy life to the fullest, especially the simple things. They like to do all the same things that other children do. They have taught us to live in the present moment. But, most importantly, they have taught our family that a person’s worth is not measured by how healthy they are or how perfect they look or how smart or talented they are. A person’s worth comes from the fact that they are created in the image and likeness of God, with unique gifts and a special purpose. Our boys have forever changed our lives for the better and we are so blessed and grateful.