World Down Syndrome Day 2018


For World Down Syndrome Day, the March for Life Instagram was “taken over” by Margaret Black and her sweet son, Sebastian. Check out the posts below for a look into their lives. You can also ready more about Margaret and her advocacy for individuals with Down Syndrome HERE.

PART 1: “Becoming a mom to a child with Down syndrome is quite an experience. It is full of so many emotions; good, scary, doubtful, disbelief, and fear. Most women who are expecting are “expecting” a healthy child who will develop into little prodigies that change the world. They want to see their child excel in school, on the field throughout a sports career, and become self-confident individuals that can depend on themselves. This is a great dream for any parent, any mother. But what about those mothers who hear the words, “Your child may have Down Syndrome,” or, “Your child appears to have characteristics of Down Syndrome.” Then what?⠀ I was 32 when I gave birth to Sebastian. I was never expecting this kind of scenario for myself, my family, or my child. I had a great pregnancy, an easy delivery, but then there was the suspicion of Down Syndrome. In only a few moments, before I could begin to even allow my emotions of elation and joy fill my heart, those words penetrated deep and got to the center of my heart first. I was still lying on the bed, adjusting to the fact the contractions were over, hoping Sebastian wouldn’t need supplemental oxygen at my arms much longer when I handed him to the NICU team and then I heard those words.” @margaret_holymotherhood #wdsd18 #worlddownsyndromeday #downsyndrome #prolife

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PART 2: “Boom. The shock was real. The disbelief was real. The questions…. The unknown, was real. Of course, this is exactly how most mothers I come to learn, feel too, because most of us are not educated well on this diagnosis. And it is a shame. But, in that moment, I had hope. As a Catholic woman, I immediately turned to God and told him to talk to me. I needed him to tell me something so that my heart could be at peace, and I could find my trust again in the Lord in this situation.⠀ I had no idea that he would tell me so clearly, exactly what I needed to hear. I had no idea where it would come from. But then, a powerful sensation within my chest told me to look in His Word at the time Sebastian was born. I was surprised. How would this make sense? I quickly asked my midwife what time he was born, and she said, “4:17” (pm).⠀ My sister in law immediately began searching Scripture, and found only one place where anything made sense. It was 2 Corinthians 4:17: “ For this light, momentary affliction is preparing for us an eternal weight of glory beyond all comparison.” I knew immediately what the Lord was asking of me, reminding me, and telling me. It was the fact that even though this seemed like an unfortunate and difficult situation, it would bring about great glory for God, and I must trust Him, and was instantly at peace, and quiet in my heart. I was able to accept this calling to raise one of His angels very well, and I became honored. Yes, honored.” @margaret_holymotherhood #wdsd18 #worlddownsyndromeday #downsyndrome #prolife

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PART 3: “I looked at Sebastian one last time as I held him, before the NICU staff would take him to the NICU for however long that’d be, and I saw clearly in his little round face that the Down Syndrome was very apparent. I broke down after holding back tears. I knew in my heart that this little baby needed my full love, affection, kindness, and faith in him. I quickly through the arms of my heart up to God, and asked him to take away any stain to the purest love for Sebastian away; that He would make my love for Sebastian just like His. I didn’t want to miss a single moment of the JOY that I knew would come. I wasn’t going to allow my lack of knowledge or education on his diagnosis ruin the love that Sebastian deserved. I have never looked back, except to thank God with all my heart, for giving me that small token of his assurance, and the love for Sebastian I wouldn’t change for the world. ⠀ ⠀ The NICU stay is difficult. It is heart wrenching. But no child is ever perfect or without trials. Many are misinformed and believed that a child with extra needs and/or Down syndrome are at a “life” disadvantage. Many believe they will suffer all their lives, that they will not know joy or happiness. It’s such a lie. One thing I stated very early on, was this fact. You do not have to be a rocket scientist to have value to your life or to be successful. God creates many kinds of people: some are ingenious people, some are laborers of the trade, some are business oriented, some are multimillion dollar stars, some are prayer warriors, some are clergy members, saints, and some, are merely gifts of love that remind us what life is really all about; to share with us what unconditional love truly is. Sebastian is one of these people. And he is happy. And he loves life. He is active, and playful, and his laugh and smile are enough to melt your toughest heart on a bad day. Every single trial that brings about a new milestone is worth it. Every. Single. One.” #WDSD18 #worlddownsyndromeday #downsyndrome #prolife #pregnancy

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PART 4: “My life is so much more fulfilling because of Sebastian and I am so glad that God has blessed us with him. If anything ever happened to him, my heart would crumble and a piece would die. He is a breathing force of life to mine. He gives me a reason to try as hard as he does on any given day. He loves to share his friendly fist bump with anyone who’s willing to give one back. ⠀ ⠀ Watching Sebastian grow has been such a miracle for me to experience every day. His first smile, his first time holding up his head, sitting up, crawling, walking, saying momma. . . have all meant so much more to me than I could have ever thought. My other kids just “did” those things. But, I wonder if we often take for granted those moments. Sebastian taught me to appreciate every single achievement. I’ve never been so excited to watch him do his thing. He keeps life interesting and rewarding on so many levels for me. I love his cuddles, his hugs, his love. I love how excited he is when he accomplishes something he tries so hard to do!” #worlddownsyndromeday #WDSD18 #downsyndrome #family #prolife #pregnancy ⠀

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PART 5: “As a mother to another mother contemplating abortion of their baby with DS, I’m asking you to have faith in your child. Allow this child the opportunity to shine for you. If you pour all your heart into this baby, the amount of love you get back with be 100-fold, and you will find a joyful and fulfilling adventure ahead! The support is out there, come and find us! As one mother among thousands in the same boat with this diagnosis, we offer great support to you. You are not alone. Step aboard the happy train! As a mother to other mothers who aren’t as well educated on Down Syndrome, I’d offer this token: trust the mothers and fathers and families who live this journey every day. Being fearful and accepting only half truths and deceptions of what DS really is will leave you full of uncertainty even more. Educate yourselves well with the truth of those who have benefitted from the joys these babies have brought into our lives. Trust us. We are the most accurate testimonies! I cannot say enough here, so that is why I am writing a book for all mommas out there to have access to the truth and detailed life with a child with Down Syndrome and to lay your worries and fears to rest so that you too, can have the same confidence I had in the very beginning of my journey. I want to help you turn those fears into joyful fulfilment!” #WDSD18 #worlddownsyndromeday #downsyndrome

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PART 6: “When my husband and I first had to tell our other 7 children at home that Sebastian had down syndrome, I wasn’t too worried about how they’d respond. I was more concerned with how other relatives or friends may react to the news. However, I had such a wonderful support system -which was a true gift- and our experience was pretty great there. We also the BEST NICU nurses that loved on us and our family and Sebastian especially. It was agonizing for the kids though, as they couldn’t really meet Sebastian until he came home. When we told them about what Down Syndrome was, in their innocent way, they said, “So what if he has an extra chromosome. He’s still a baby!” And that right there is the greatest truth to be realized. He was still a baby that his siblings just wanted to get their hands on and love. These kiddos were so squirmy and excited to hold their new brother they couldn’t contain it. It was so beautiful a thing! The love Sebastian had from them was pure and honest. No bias to diagnosis, no worries, no nothing. They simply saw their brother as a baby who deserved a million love squeezes and even more kissies. If only the rest of us could share that precious enthusiasm for life of a baby with DS . . .” #WDSD18 #downsyndrome

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PART 7: “Having Sebastian join a family of such large scale has been a real benefit to him. With seven older siblings, he had someone to teach him one-on-one constantly. When we began Early Intervention (EI) and met with his PT, Marlo, for the first time, and the first thing she said to me was, “I know you just had a baby, and you’re going to hate me for saying this, but you need to have another one.” I was seriously perplexed for a moment, and looked at her and laughed. We were talking about a ninth child? After just having one with DS? Yes. She meant every word. She talked honestly with me about what would be best for Sebastian and his growth and development. I went through several months learning to trust her, and watched her with Sebastian, watching her bring Sebastian into crossing milestones, and strengthening him in ways that astounded me. Her wisdom was the real deal. So, right after Sebastian turned one, we got pregnant. Sebastian was going to have a little brother. And if any kiddo deserved to be a big brother it was Sebastian. Cajetan joined our family in the summer just before Sebastian would turn two. And this little brother would change everything for Sebastian. While the older kids pulled Sebastian and sometimes went a mile a minute too fast for him, babied him, etc., Cajetan was a playmate of equal position to his own who would push him. That is exactly what he did for Sebastian.” #WDSD18 #downsyndrome #worlddownsyndromeday

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PART 9: “I feel so blessed to have been able to help encourage multiple mothers via the internet and social media and in my actual life to see past the fear-factor of the down syndrome diagnosis and lead them into peace, contentment and joy. And a few of these moms have agreed to contribute to my book to help other moms, too, in the same situation! It is so much more encouraging to talk to moms that have been there, done that. I could have never imagined the promise of the Lord at 4:17 pm on the day of Sebastian’s birth would turn out like this. I see that now. With the intercession of Our Blessed Mother, Sebastian is now rocking this diagnosis. It isn’t what he IS, it’s just a part of what makes him unique. We wouldn’t change it for the world. He will always be in the hearts of those he’s touched. Sebastian is a great kid. He has brought so much incredible joy into our lives and redirected the obvious. I only wish more and more each day that parents can learn to also redirect their own ideas of what Down Syndrome really is, and what its isn’t. Having a child with DS isn’t a burden, but a joy. These children are the diamonds amidst mountains of coal. They are beautiful beyond measure. If you are a pregnant mother, with a diagnosis of Down syndrome for your baby, allow yourself the pleasure of blessing your baby with having faith in his gift and potential. Dispel your fears by joining the Down Syndrome community; don’t run from it, embrace it. We are here to help you every step of the way. God bless you!” – @margaret_holymotherhood #wdsd18 #downsyndrome #prolife

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Everyone Should Be a Part of This!


Everyone should be a part of this!”

This is what one young marcher shared at the 2018 March for Life, and we couldn’t agree more.

Watch this inspiring “Why We March” recap video for more reflections:

The 45th Annual March for Life was a beautiful and historic day. But it was just the beginning of our work for the year.

Everyone can still be a part of the March for Life by taking action each and every day in their communities and in the public square to be a voice for life.

The injustice of abortion has been going on 45 years too long! Will you commit to keep marching forward throughout 2018 to ensure that Roe v. Wade will not turn 50?

>>>> Click HERE to sign up for action alerts!

Please share with friends and family and share on social media, to ensure that every pro-life American takes part in the work of the March for Life.

As another marcher shared in the video – “life is worth fighting for.”

Maryland March for Life


We want to invite all of our supporters in Maryland to join us at the Maryland March for Life!

The march and rally will take place on Monday, March 12, 2018 at 6:30 p.m. in Annapolis.

6:30 p.m. March to State House
Starting Point:
St. Mary’s, Annapolis, Parking lot
111 Duke of Gloucester St.
Annapolis, MD 21401

7:00 p.m. Rally at Lawyer’s Mall:
100 State Circle
Annapolis, MD 21401

The special guest speaker for the rally will be Roland C. Warren, CEO and President of Care Net. Additionally, March for Life President Jeanne Mancini will also be speaking.

For more details, and information about the youth rally, religious services, and post-rally Expo, click HERE.

We hope to see you there!


Congresswoman’s Miracle Baby


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.”

Thus began their miracle journey of choosing love and hope to fight for their unborn daughter. After a series of experimental treatments, Abigail was born, making medical history. “She was the first baby to survive childbirth with no kidneys. People Magazine ran a spread calling her ‘the girl who lived.’”

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.”

Read more about the miraculous story of Abigail’s birth HERE.

The March for Life in Your Words


It has been less than six weeks since the 2018 March for Life, and already we have brought your voice to Capitol Hill to advocate for several pieces of pro-life legislation. We will continue to take your pro-life voice to the public square all year long.

Yet the March for Life not only impacts Congress and our culture – it impacts marchers – you and me! 

Be sure to save the date and mark your calendar now for next year’s March for Life, Friday, January 18, 2019 in Washington, D.C.

Why is being part of the March for Life so important?

Abortion is the human rights abuse of our day, tragically claiming the lives of 60 million Americans since 1973. We cannot remain silent. We must take action – at the march and year round – so that sometime soon we no longer need to march!

We are blessed to receive many stories of people’s experiences at the 2018 March for Life. Here are a few:

  • “This was truly an amazing experience. My wife, eldest son, and I marched. My son said, “Dad, I find it so important that we join in with the March for Life. We marchers are the voices of the aborted babies who never had a say in this horrible decision that ended their lives.”
  • “Loved being part of this today. The crowds are growing each year. Soon abortion will be abolished.”
  • “This was my 5th March for Life. It is a peaceful, well-organized, loving event. There is no hatred towards those who have abortions or those who support abortions, just love for the babies and support for women who find themselves in difficult situations.”
  • “This was our first time at the March for Life. I was so encouraged by the number of young men and women who were marching; there is hope for our future. Uplifting speeches and personal stories. We will be back.”
  • “My first time at the march. I will go every year. It was amazing and HUGE! God bless, let’s continue to work and pray for hearts to be changed.”
  • “It was a beautiful and empowering march. I am so hopeful because there were thousands of like-minded individuals marching to end abortion- an evil responsible for the 1/3 of my generation missing..”

The March for Life not only impacts the public square, it impacts marchers! It inspires each of us to be pro-life agents for change in our families, our communities, and our nation.

We hope you will join with us all year, as we continue to take action each and every day to end abortion. And please save the date to join us in 2019, so that one day soon, we no longer have to march.

Love Saves Lives: Raquel and Jasmine


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.

To learn more about the Sisters of Life, you can visit their website, HERE.

WATCH: A Mother’s Love Saved Her Life


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!

NFL Players and Family Speaking out for Life


Over the past few years, the March for Life has been blessed to have the support of several individuals affiliated with the NFL.

Former Baltimore Ravens center Matt Birk spoke at the 2018 March for Life, joined by his wife Adrianna and their children. Matt and Adrianna are living examples of the 2018 theme, “Love Saves Lives.”

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!

And at the 2017 March for Life, Baltimore Raven’s Tight End Benjamin Watson had a powerful message for the crowd, particularly men.

“We need to be the leaders, caretakers, and providers that we were meant to be. We as men must stand up for the lives of the innocent and their mothers in crisis.”

>>>> Read more about Watson’s appearance at the March for Life or watch the clip below of his remarks.

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!

Pro-Life State of the Union: Looking Back and Forward


Tonight, Senators, Representatives, and other distinguished guests will gather in the halls of Congress to hear President Trump deliver his first State of the Union Address.

Earlier today, March for Life President Jeanne Mancini had an op-ed published on the “Pro-Life State of the Union” for Real Clear Politics.

>>>> Click HERE to read the op-ed. In the op-ed, Jeanne writes:

“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.” 

>>>> Watch President Trump’s full March for Life remarks.

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.”

>>>> Watch a recap of Speaker Ryan’s March for Life remarks.

While we can look back on the past year of many pro-life accomplishments, we must also look forward and what we can accomplish this year.

Will you join us in taking action each month to end abortion?

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.

10 Powerful WhyWeMarch Stories


Thank you for sharing your #WhyWeMarch and #LoveSavesLives stories!



As shared in the 2018 March for Life Facebook Event: