To help you get ready for Friday, Tom McClusky, President of March for Life Action, and Katrina Gallic with the March for Life chatted about effective ways you can make a difference for pro-life legislation.
2. Visit your Congressmen and Senators during the 2019 March for Life.
The March for Life is a fantastic opportunity to bring the pro-life message to your Representatives and Senators in person. Whether or not they are pro-life, your elected officials need to know that their constituents support legal restrictions on abortion and want no taxpayer funding for abortions. Don’t assume they won’t be in the office, even with the government shutdown, many congressman and senators will be in their D.C. offices this week.
With a pro-abortion majority in control of the House of Representatives, it is critical that we urge our elected officials to fight for laws that protect the unborn. Thank you for supporting March for Life Action as we do just that.
We look forward to marching with you all this Friday, January 18, in Washington, D.C.!
Vice President Mike Pence to Address 37th Annual March for Life Rose Dinner
WASHINGTON, D.C. – Today March for Life announced that Vice President Pence will address its 37th annual Rose Dinner happening on January 18th, 2019.
“It is a great honor to have Vice President Pence speak at this year’s Rose Dinner,” said Jeanne Mancini, President of March for Life.
“The Vice President made history in 2017 when he addressed the March for Life just one week after the inauguration, and we are delighted to have him return to speak in a more intimate setting. Throughout his extensive career, Vice President Pence has remained exemplary in his commitment to protecting the sanctity of unborn life and it is our utmost privilege to have a pro-life champion of his stature address this year’s Rose Dinner.”
Vice President Mike Pence will be joined by keynote speaker Dr. Kathi Aultman, former abortionist and fellow of the American College of Obstetricians and Gynecologists, in addressing the 37th annual Rose Dinner.
WASHINGTON, D.C. – March for Life is thrilled to announce that Sen. Steve Daines (R-MT), Rep. Dan Lipinski (D-IL), Rep. Chris Smith (R-NJ), and State Rep. Katrina Jackson (D-LA) will address the 46th annual March for Life on January 18th, 2019.
“We are delighted to have these four pro-life champions speak at the March for Life rally. The right to life is a non-partisan issue and, regardless of politics, we should all unite for life and stand against abortion, the greatest human rights abuse of our time,” said Jeanne Mancini, President of March for Life.
Sen. Daines, Rep. Lipinski, Rep. Smith and State Rep. Jackson will join Ben Shapiro, editor-in-chief of The Daily Wire, Abby Johnson, founder of And Then There Were None, Dr. Alveda King, Director of Civil Rights for the Unborn with Priests for Life, Dr. Kathi Aultman, fellow of the American College of Obstetricians and Gynecologists, Ally Cavazos, President of Princeton Pro-Life, and Archbishop Joseph Naumann, Chairman of the United States Conference of Catholic Bishops Pro-life Activities Committee.
Over one hundred thousand Americans are set to travel from across the country to our nation’s capital for this year’s March for Life, the largest annual pro-life demonstration in the world. This year’s theme, “Unique from Day One: Pro-life is Pro-science” focuses on how scientific advancements reveal the humanity of the unborn child from the moment of conception.
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Each of us at the March for Life is profoundly grateful for another year spent devoted to our mission of ending abortion and promoting a vision of the world where the beauty and dignity of every human life are valued and protected.
Thank you for sharing in our mission by joining the 2018 March for Life, participating in March for Life Action petitions, and sharing the pro-life message on social media.
Here are our top 5 Facebook posts of 2018:
Love is sacrificial and it saves lives. This is #WhyWeMarchPhoto Credit: Emily Green
“Complicated legal arguments don’t take away from the simple fact that a majority of Americans oppose taxpayer funding of abortion. America’s largest abortion provider, Planned Parenthood, is responsible for more than 300,000 abortions each year and was recently found to be involved with the harvesting and trafficking of body parts from aborted babies. Abortion is not healthcare, it is a human rights abuse. Until Planned Parenthood ceases to perform abortions they should not receive any money from taxpayers.” – March for Life President, Jeanne Mancini
This year the March for Life chose the theme ‘Unique from Day One: Pro-life is Pro-science’ because science continues to reaffirm the pro-life position, that the developing baby in the womb is a human being.
To take a closer look at the science behind the pro-life movement, our staff member, Katrina Gallic, spoke with Dr. Ingrid Skop, a doctor with the American Association for Pro-life OBGYNs (AAPLOG), specifically about the second-trimester of prenatal development and second-trimester abortions.
How were the terms “first, second, and third trimester” developed?
Can unborn babies feel pain?
Is abortion ever medically necessary?
How do medical and technological advances affect people’s perception of abortion?
Why did you decide to become a pro-life advocate?
If you are interested in learning more about the scientific support for the pro-life movement, register for our 2019 March for Life Conference. The conference will bring together leading experts on the topic of science and the pro-life movement; you will not want to miss it!
When you really get down to it, there is only one tenable argument in favor of abortion. That argument is that the unborn are not living human beings, therefore they do not have the rights human beings have, such as the right to life. As a result, abortion should be considered the same as any other medical procedure.
If this argument is correct, pro-lifers ought to pack up our bags and go home. There would be no reason to try preventing abortions if it really is the equivalent to having a tooth removed.
There is just one problem.
None of the scientific evidence about the beginning of life supports the idea that life begins at any other time than fertilization. None.
The more scientists and doctors investigate, the more evidence they find that human life begins when sperm and egg meet and a new cell is formed, in other words, at the moment of fertilization.
To explain this point, we talked with Dr. George Delgado, a leader in abortion pill reversal (APR), and Dr. David Prentice, a world-renown stem cell and genetics expert.
Here’s what they said. . .
More on the scientific support for the pro-life movement:
Let me start by acknowledging that you are likely experiencing a wide range of emotions. Shock, fear, worry, and disappointment may be among them. You may be wondering what having a child with Down syndrome means for you and your family, and what his or her life will be like. All of those feelings are normal. Please don’t feel any guilt or shame if you are feeling any of them.
As the parent of a seven-year-old son with Down syndrome, I want to encourage with you. First, we were surprised to learn our son was born with Down syndrome. We were first-time parents and had no experience raising a child, much less a child with special needs. However, after being on this journey for almost eight years, I can say that Noah (our son) is one of the biggest blessings of our life. We love him and are thankful that he is our son. He has more in common with typical kids than you may expect. He likes to go swimming, ride roller coasters, and jumping on our trampoline.
I know you may wonder if you can do this, but I want to let you know that you can. There has never been a better time in the history of the world for a child to be born with Down syndrome. There are numerous resources, support networks, research, therapies, and friendships that are here to help you in your journey. (Including this Facebook group.)
In fact, we recently started an origination called Hope Story, and we hope that through it, every woman whose child has received a Down syndrome diagnosis can connect with a parent a little future along in their story (we call these parent’s Hope Advocates). We want every woman to have a friend who can tell them “I know what you’re going through” and to let them that they aren’t alone.
Check out the video below to get an idea of how this process works.
If your child has received a Down syndrome diagnosis and you’d like to connect to a parent of a child with Down syndrome, please contact us.
I don’t want to sugarcoat it though. Parenting is hard work. Raising any child (regardless of how many chromosomes they have) takes a tremendous amount of patience, love, and sacrifice. Certainly raising a child with Down syndrome comes with unique challenges, but those challenges are eclipsed by the joy your child will bring to your life.
I love all of our sons so much. As I mentioned, being a father to Noah (our son born with Down syndrome) is one of the greatest blessings of our life. He is joy to us and to so many others. I’m proud to be “Noah’s Dad, andI wouldn’t change one chromosome on him!
If you’re feeling a mix of emotions right now, I want to let you know that those feelings will likely go away shelty after your child is born, and they will be replaced with feelings of love.
You can do this, and you aren’t alone! There truly has never been a better time in the history of the world for a child to be born with Down syndrome!
Be sure to subscribe to Hope Story’s mailing list to stay connected to some of the things we are working by clicking here.
Rick Smith is the Founder & President of Hope Story, a Texas non-profit corporation that promotes the beauty and value of all human life by providing hope and encouragement to families whose child has just received a Down syndrome. For over seven years Rick has created awareness about raising a Child with Down syndrome worldwide via his blog and social media channels. Rick’s passionate about helping people use their story to help make a difference in the lives of others. He lives in Dallas, TX with his wife of over a decade, Abbie, and his three children, Noah, Jaxten, and Koen.
“March for Life applauds the Trump Administration’s final rule released this afternoon ‘Moral Exemptions and Accommodations for Coverage of Certain Preventive Services Under the Affordable Care Act’. Pro-life organizations should not be forced into betraying the very values they were established to advance and this rule will allow such freedom. March for Life bases its pro-life beliefs on ethics and science; the government has no right to demand that organizations provide health insurance plan options that explicitly contradict their mission; it is un-American. We are very grateful to the Trump Administration for its work to protect such conscience rights.”
“Protecting vulnerable, unborn citizens should be a bipartisan goal but sadly Democrats today are held hostage to an extremist pro-abortion lobby. Since they now have control of the U.S. House of Representatives, we can expect pro-abortion Committee Leadership as well as legislative initiatives that advance a pro-abortion agenda. All pro-life gains made by this Administration will come under fire, and we will no doubt see efforts to expand taxpayer funding for abortion as well as the erosion of conscience rights. While the results of these midterm elections represent a significant setback, some measures can still be taken to minimize the damage and at the same time advance the pro-life cause. The President should issue an immediate veto threat any time standing pro-life policies, for example, the Hyde amendment, are stripped from legislation and continue to fill out appointments in the various Departments with people who will work toward a pro-life agenda. The Senate, too, can accelerate the rate at which Judicial and Executive branch nominations are confirmed.” – March for Life President, Jeanne Mancini
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