It’s Time to Defund Planned Parenthood


On Tuesday, March for Life President Jeanne Mancini, gathered with other pro-life leaders to urge Congress to take action on defunding the nation’s largest abortion provider, Planned Parenthood, and to redirect those funds to life-affirming health care centers.

The press conference was part of Students for Life’s #Sockit2PP, in which they collected 328,348 baby socks, representing the tragic number of babies lost to abortion at Planned Parenthood each year.

You can read Jeanne Mancini’s remarks and watch the video below:

“On behalf of the March for Life and the collectively millions of pro-life Americans that have participated over the years—the large majority young people — we join together today in a united voice, a majority voice that seeks to defend and protect the inherent dignity of every human person. Abortion is the human rights issue of today but Americans are moving in the direction of life. 

Consider a recent poll revealed that eight out of 10 Americans would limit abortion to—at most—the first three months of pregnancy.

And most Americans (six out of 10) believe that abortion is morally wrong. While groups like Planned Parenthood seek to “shout your abortion,” the truth is that abortion always takes a life and wounds another and even the best PR campaign funded by millions of dollars can’t change this reality. 

Planned Parenthood is our nation’s largest abortion provider, sadly committing over 320,000 abortions during the last year that data was available. All the while getting almost half of their more than billion dollar budget from federal and state gov’t grants; from our taxpayer dollars.

Yet the majority of Americans (61 percent) do not support taxpayer funding for abortion.

We are at a critical juncture to send the federal and state dollars that our nation’s largest abortion provider has been receiving to real health alternatives, the kind of holistic health centers that outnumber Planned Parenthood facilities by a margin of 20 – 1.”

WATCH: (Jeanne’s remarks begin at the 22:00 mark.)

Hundreds of Abortion Workers Leaving the Industry


Abby Johnson is the epitome of “the power of one.”

At the 2017 March for Life, Abby shared her story of quitting her job as director of a Planned Parenthood and going on to start a pro-life organization, And Then There Were None (ATTWN).

“I stand in front of you today as a woman who spent 8 years of her life working and running a Planned Parenthood facility but because of the power of conversion…I stand in front of you, as a woman who has been redeemed from her past.”

ATTWN has helped 330 abortion clinic workers and seven full-time abortion doctors leave the abortion industry. In fact, many of these “quitters,” as she affectionately calls them, stood with her on stage at the March for Life.

Abby relates the “power of one” to each of the “quitters” standing with her. “Almost every woman standing here today was touched by one person. For a client named Annette, it was some someone who slipped our website [brochure] under her windshield.” She goes on to say, “For me, it was a 13 week baby in the womb who changed my life.”

In 2010, the year after she quit her job at Planned Parenthood, Abby published, “Unplanned: The Dramatic True Story of a Former Planned Parenthood Leader’s Eye-Opening Journey across the Life Line.” In the memoir, Abby tells the story of assisting in an actual abortion procedure – of a 13-week baby in the womb – and being hit by the realization of what was happening. That dramatic moment led her to quit her job and walk out of the abortion industry forever.

>>>> Many March for Life participants had a chance to meet with Abby and purchase copies of “UnPlanned” at a book signing at the March for Life Conference and Expo. You can also purchase the book from Amazon.

Abby concluded her 2017 March for Life remarks with these encouraging and bold words, urging participants to dig down and realize the “power of one” in each of us, which collectively becomes an unstoppable force.

“Now is the time to be unabashedly pro-life; to be bold in our defense of the unborn and their mothers. Through the power of all of us, we will not only work to make abortion illegal but we will see a day when abortion is truly unthinkable in this country.”

>>>> Learn more about And Then There Were None.

>>>> Watch Abby Johnson’s full remarks at the 2017 March for Life.

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

December 16, 2015
CONTACT: Ryan Hughes
Shirley & Banister Public Affairs

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 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

­ – 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 – ROE V. WADE – 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 … – 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  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 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



January 16, 2015

CONTACT: Ryan Hughes
Shirley & Banister Public Affairs

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 or (703) 739-5920.