3 Ways to Prepare for the March for Life!

 

The 2018 March for Life is three months away! If you haven’t already, be sure to mark your calendars for Friday, January 19 to march for life in Washington, D.C. Below are three simple things you can do to get your planning started.

1. Sign up!

By signing up for March for Life email updates, we’ll be sure to send you the latest information about the March for Life, speaker announcements, and other important pro-life opportunities.

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2. Download the March for Life app!

The app is a great way to connect with the March for Life community. You’ll also have all of the March for Life planning and logistical details at your fingertips. It’s available for iPhone and Android users.

3. Invite your friends!

We need the voice of every pro-life American to speak out against the injustice of abortion and to witness to the beauty of life at the March for Life. Please commit to inviting friends to participate in the 2018 March for Life!

Increased participation not only strengthens the public witness against abortion but being a Marcher is a transformative activity! It is so easy to invite– you can use email, social media, or simply make an old-fashioned phone call!

Below is the Facebook event. And you can click HERE to find more user-friendly, downloadable items to help you spread the word.

Thank you for being part of the world’s largest pro-life event. Together, we can end abortion.

See you in January!

The 45th Annual March for Life Theme to be Announced at Capitol Hill Briefing

 

Contact:

Kate Bryan – kbryan@crcpublicrelations.com, 703-683-5004 x1136
Matille Thebolt – mthebolt@crcpublicrelations.com, 571-501-4067
Mari Buttarazzi – mbuttarazzi@crcpublicrelations.com, 703-683-5004 x1120

 

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The 45th Annual March for Life Theme to be Announced at Capitol Hill Briefing Tuesday October 3rd, 2017

Briefing, hosted by Rep. Diane Black, to include panel of pro-life experts who will discuss how the pro-life movement continues to empower women for life

 

WASHINGTON, D.C. – The March for Life Education and Defense Fund will be announcing the theme for the 45th annual March for Life, to be held this year on January 19th, 2018, at a briefing on Capitol Hill on Tuesday, October 3rd, 2017. The briefing will include a panel, moderated by March for Life President Jeanne Mancini, comprised of pro-life leaders Susan Gallucci, Northwest Center Executive Director; Chuck Donovan, President of Charlotte Lozier Institute; and Alison Howard Centofante, Director of Alliance Relations at Alliance Defending Freedom, who will discuss the current landscape for loving, life-affirming abortion alternatives that support women and families and why now more than ever it is important to speak boldly for life.

What: Capitol Hill Briefing Announcing the 45th Annual March for Life Theme

When: Tuesday October 3rd, 2017
12:00PM – 1:30PM ET

Where: U.S. Capitol Visitor Center, Room HVC-201
East Capitol St. and 1st St. NE, Washington D.C.

Panel:

  • Jeanne Mancini, President of March for Life Education and Defense Fund
  • Susan Gallucci, Northwest Center Executive Director
  • Chuck Donovan, President of Charlotte Lozier Institute
  • Alison Howard Centofante, Director of Alliance Relations at Alliance Defending Freedom

Hosted by: Representative Diane Black (R-TN)

*Lunch will be provided

RSVPs are required – please send to Kate Bryan (kbryan@crcpublicrelations.com), Matille Thebolt (mthebolt@crcpublicrelations.com), or Mari Buttarazzi (mbuttarazzi@crcpublicrelations.com)

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VIDEO: Why Life is Winning

 

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.

WATCH:

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.

For more information:

Heritage Foundation Index of Opportunity on Culture: “Why Life is Winning,” by Jeanne Mancini

Heritage Foundation “Index of Culture and Opportunity”: Life Is on the Right Track

 

5 Facts to Know About the Life-Saving Hyde Amendment

 

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.

3. Nearly two-thirds (61%) of Americans oppose their tax dollars paying for abortion.

4. Publicly funded abortions were happening in the 1970s at a high rate. Since the passage of the Hyde Amendment, the abortion rate has dropped significantly.

5. Since its enactment, an estimated 2.13 million lives have been saved due to the Hyde Amendment. (Read more on this data from Dr. Michael New in his report for the Lozier Institute, “Hyde @ 40: Analyzing the Impact of the Hyde Amendment.”)

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.

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

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