March for Life Statement on Virginia 2020 Election Results

 

“The election results in Virginia are disappointing for those who value life. Earlier this year, Governor Northam and Delegate Tran made it clear where they would like to see Virginia in terms of abortion policy, that is allowing abortion up until birth and, as Northam explained, maybe even after birth. While pro-life Virginians rose up to defeat the Tran abortion extremism in committee and to condemn infanticide earlier this year, pro-abortion candidates in the state were helped by a $1.2 million PAC gift from New York billionaire George Soros, including a $350,000 check to Planned Parenthood Virginia. With 2020 around the corner, it’s an opportunity for the pro-life community to again come together to reject abortion extremism during the legislative session.”

-Jeanne Mancini, President of March for Life

March for Life Announces 2020 Virginia March for Life

March for Life, Partnered with the Family Foundation, the Virginia Society for Human Life, and the Virginia Catholic Conference, Announce 2020 Virginia March for Life.

RICHMOND, VA. – March for Life is excited to partner with the Family Foundation, the Virginia Society for Human Life, and the Virginia Catholic Conference to organize the official Virginia March for Life on February 13th, 2020 in Richmond, Virginia. Marchers will rally at the state capitol to call for an end to pro-abortion extremism in the state.

The Virginia March for Life will start with a rally at the State Capitol at 11:45 am ET, followed by a march at 12:45 pm ET. More details, including a list of speakers, to be announced soon.

Learn more at MarchForLife.org/virginia-march-for-life/

Or visit our Facebook event.

Announcing the 2020 Rose Dinner Speaker and Guest of Honor

 

March for Life is excited to announce Sister Bethany Madonna as our 2020 Rose Dinner Keynote speaker

Sister Bethany Madonna entered the Sisters of Life in 2007. While attending the University of Central Florida, she had a profound encounter with the Lord, which drew her heart toward the vulnerable unborn and their mothers. After her graduation in 2006, she worked for the Respect Life Office for the Diocese of Orlando before joining her religious community. She made her final vows in 2015 and currently lives at the community’s Motherhouse, serving as the Vocation Director. She loves sharing the message of life and love.

March for Life is honored to announce Dr. William Hogan as our Guest of Honor and the recipient of the inaugural Pro-Life Legacy Award

Dr. Bill Hogan began his medical career as an OBGYN in the 1960s, placing the loving care for expectant mothers and babies at the heart of everything he did, both inside and out of his practice. From serving women with crisis pregnancies in his medical practice to defending the Human Life Amendment before the Senate Judiciary Committee, Dr. Hogan has fully exemplified the spirit of the pro-life movement. For this reason, the March for Life is honored to present Dr. William Hogan with the inaugural Pro-Life Legacy Award.

We invite you to read more about the life and legacy of Dr. Bill Hogan.

 

We are delighted to have Sister Bethany Madonna and Dr. Bill Hogan at the 38th Annual Rose Dinner, and we hope that you will join us for this inspirational evening after the March for Life.

Click HERE to purchase tickets to the Rose Dinner.

 

Pro-Life Legacy Award: Dr. William Hogan

The Legacy of Dr. Bill Hogan

“If we ignore this question of “What is man?”, we can find easy solutions by suppressing part of the problem. We can suppress the question of whether the infant within the womb is a member of our humanity.” -Dr. William Hogan, M.D. (June 1970)

 

On the anniversary of Nellie Gray’s passing, March for Life employees Katrina Gallic and Ann Clare Levy had the opportunity to sit down with her friend, and one of the original allies of March for Life, Dr. Bill Hogan. That afternoon we discussed the pivotal events in the history of the March for Life’s founding and the impact Bill has had on the pro-life movement over the past six decades.

From the earliest moments of his medical career as an OBGYN in the 1960s, Dr. Hogan placed the loving care for expectant mothers and babies at the heart of everything he did.

As his reputation as a caring physician grew, he often received as patients mothers in vulnerable situations. Recalling a story from his practice, Dr. Hogan spoke of a young woman who came to his office covered in the muck that only comes from years on the streets. She had been homeless for some time and was now pregnant due to rape. After several doctors strongly recommended she have an abortion, she came to Dr. Hogan, hardly speaking but adamant that she give birth to her child. Over the next months, Dr. Hogan cared for this woman and her child, treating them with dignity the other doctors did not. She went through a normal pregnancy and delivered her child without difficulty. Because of the challenges of her situation, she decided that the best thing for her son was to place him with a loving family through adoption. As was the case with many of Dr. Hogan’s patients, she was unable to pay for her care. But come Christmas, the woman returned to Dr. Hogan’s clinic with a gift, a shoebox of broken cookies in crumpled old wrapping paper. Dr. Hogan nearly choked on his first bite of the cookies, but the thoughtfulness of his patient who had practically nothing, yet still gave what little she could, brought him to tears. In telling the story, he states, “I was well paid for my care of that young woman.”

On another occasion, a woman came to him by mistake thinking he was an abortionist. He gently tried to dissuade her from her decision to abort by describing the development of the little baby growing within her.  The woman angrily stood to leave, but Dr. Hogan pleaded gently, “I know you’re under a lot of stress, but will you please come back tomorrow?” To Dr. Hogan’s surprise and joy, the woman returned. She remained as a patient until she gave birth months later, after which she made the courageous decision to place her child in a loving home through adoption. Years later, Dr. Hogan received a call from the woman, announcing she was now married and just found out that she was expecting, telling him, “I wanted you to be the first to know!”

Dr. Hogan’s medical career was filled with moments like these, as he brought to light the humanity of pre-born children by showing dignity and compassion to their mothers in need.

By 1968, the abortion issue was reaching its boiling point in America. Seeing the shifting culture in his medical field, Dr. Hogan knew he had to do more to give a voice to his pre-born patients. In response to this need, he along with other pro-life doctors, formed the American College of Pro-life Obstetricians and Gynecologists, after over 40 years they are still an instrumental organization. Working together with fellow pathologists and obstetricians throughout Washington, D.C., Dr. Hogan collected a portfolio of photos depicting the development of life in the womb and photos of pre-born babies killed by abortion. In the years to come, Dr. Hogan would present these photos at countless medical conventions, legal hearings, and congressional meetings, imploring our nation to see the humanity of the unborn.

In those days, sonograms were rare and few ever saw the hidden life of pre-born babies. For many viewing these photos of abortion victims was the first time they ever saw an image of the unborn. Dr. Hogan’s own brother, Congressman Lawrence Hogan, was not convinced of the importance of fighting against abortion until Bill showed him these photos of abortion victims. Moved by the horrific truth he saw in those photos, Congressman Hogan became ardently pro-life. He went on to write and introduce the Human Life Amendment which definitively states that the right to life extends to our first moment of existence in the womb, and defend it alongside his brother, Dr. Bill Hogan, in the halls of Congress.

The Supreme Court handed down Roe v. Wade on January 22, 1973, virtually allowing abortion throughout pregnancy. Seven days later Larry Hogan Sr., a congressman from Maryland, condemned the decision. He then introduced The Human Life Amendment in the House of Representatives. In April 1973, Larry (right) and his brother William J. Hogan M.D. (left) defended the Amendment before the Senate Judiciary Committee with Senator Birch Bayh of Indiana presiding over. (from the notes of Dr. Bill Hogan)

Around the same time in the 1970s, Dr. Hogan was met to another vibrant voice in the growing pro-life movement, Nellie Gray. The pair, along with other pro-life activists, testified on behalf of the unborn at state and federal legislatures. This group of early pro-life leaders, including Anne and George Higgins, met on a monthly basis in a community center basement to form an action plan for their grassroots movement to combat legalized abortion. In those meetings, the idea for a national march was sparked, a march for life were voices from every corner of the United States could come together in defense of the unborn and the right to life. After the tragic Roe v. Wade decision, Nellie brought the idea to life, beginning the annual March for Life in Washington, D.C. on the anniversary of Roe v Wade on January 22nd, 1974.

Forty-eight years later, the March for Life is proud to continue the legacy of these early pro-life heroes that dedicated their lives to defending the lives of others. Like Dr. Hogan, the pro-life movement continues to show compassion to women in need, speak the truth in a world that so often rejects it, and march to defend the defenseless.

“The Right to Life movement is one of the most important movements in human history by virtue of its defense of defenseless human life.” – Bill Hogan, M.D.

 

March for Life is honored to bestow the “Pro-life Legacy Award” to this year’s Rose Dinner guest of honor, William Hogan M.D., in recognition of his life-long commitment to providing affirming medical care for women, and upholding the profound dignity of the unborn child.

For more information about the Rose Dinner, go to marchforlife.org/mfl-2020/

 

 

 

3 Months Until the 2020 March for Life!

Today marks only three months until the 2020 March for Life!

We need every pro-life American to join us at the world’s largest annual human rights demonstration to be a witness to the beauty of life.

Will you join us on Friday, January 24, 2020 in Washington, D.C. to be a voice for life?

Here are three things you can do to prepare:

  1. Text MARCH to 73075 to get updates about the March for Life.
  2. RSVP on Facebook and spread the word with friends and family.
  3. Download the Trip Planner to begin planning your trip.

For more information about the 2020 March for Life, check out our 2020 March for Life page and be sure to follow us on social media!

Jeanne Mancini & Brandi Swindell Op-ed on 2020 March for Life theme

Carrying on the suffragists’ pro-life message, 100 years later

(Originally published in the Washington Examiner)

 

The coming election year marks the 100th anniversary of women winning the right to vote. It was a long-fought battle led by courageous women who saw an injustice and fought to correct it in spite of public opinion.

In addition to issues affecting women, many of these early suffragists first became advocates for the abolition of slavery and were ahead of their time condemning the violence of abortion and infanticide.

The heroic example of these women has inspired the March for Life to choose the theme “Life Empowers: Pro-Life is Pro-Woman” for the 47th annual March for Life. Throughout the year, the March for Life will highlight the pro-life views of the suffragists and the way in which the pro-life movement is the true heir of these earliest feminists. Just as the suffragists peacefully advocated for women’s equality — and made great progress — pro-life advocates peacefully advocate for equality for the unborn.

One of the most remarkable suffragists is Elizabeth Cady Stanton. Born in 1815, Stanton was one of the founders of the U.S. suffragist movement and faced immense obstacles in her struggle for equal rights. During her lifetime, the United States condoned slavery and didn’t allow half of its population to vote just because of their sex. Meanwhile, Stanton was juggling the raising of her seven children with her advocacy work, which would one day change the course of history.

Stanton, spurred on by the United Kingdom’s suffrage movement, joined with other American activists and gathered a group of like-minded women in July of 1848 at the Seneca Falls Convention. Over 300 people attended and Mrs. Stanton was a star of the convention, presenting her Declaration of Sentiments, which mirrored the Declaration of Independence. Her declaration asserted what we take for granted today: that men and women are created equal. It was there she proposed the then-controversial resolution demanding voting rights for women.

The Seneca Falls Declaration passed. Stanton was subsequently asked to speak at numerous other women’s conventions, cementing her role alongside Susan B. Anthony as a leader of the American women’s suffrage movement.

The fight for women’s right to vote wasn’t the only cause Anthony and Stanton shared. Both denounced in their writings the horrors of infanticide. In the 1868 weekly suffragist periodical Revolution, Stanton makes clear she viewed abortion as infanticide. She said that abortion contributed to the oppression of women as second-class citizens — calling it “inconceivable” as well as a “crying evil.”

It is the legacy of Elizabeth Cady Stanton that has led to the creation of Idaho-based Stanton Healthcare, the purpose of which is to offer life-affirming solutions and resources to abortion-vulnerable women; to provide hope to those struggling with the pain of past abortion; and to share the message of sexual integrity in a confidential and professional environment that promotes physical, emotional, and spiritual wellness. Like the early suffragists, the founders of Stanton Healthcare believe that all life is created with intrinsic value and are motivated to uphold the dignity of women and the lives of their children.

Together, those that make up the pro-life movement strive to complete the work of the suffragists by laboring to ensure every human life is treated with dignity and, as Stanton writes, endeavoring to “end this wholesale suffering and murder of helpless children.”

Thanks to the early feminist suffragists we have put the time when women were denied the right to vote behind us. One day, we hope to put behind us this time where the most innocent and vulnerable are denied the right to live. It is time to expose abortion as a grave injustice that marginalizes and devalues women, and that steals the lives of their children.

We Are Messengers to Perform Before 47th Annual March for Life

 

Washington, D. C. – The March for Life Education and Defense Fund is pleased to announce We Are Messengers will be headlining a pre-rally concert at 47th annual March for Life on January 24, 2020. The band has played around the globe, been nominated for prestigious Christian music awards, and boasts numerous hit singles.

Also, in keeping with this year’s theme of Life Empowers: Pro-Life is Pro-Woman, young women from Oakcrest School in Virginia will be carrying the banner to lead the March for Life. Flags that lead the March for Life will be carried by students from Colorado Christian University.

“We are excited to have We Are Messengers performing before this year’s March for Life, energizing and inspiring the crowd with their powerful music,” said Jeanne Mancini, president of March for Life. “And the students from Oakcrest School and Colorado Christian University who will be leading this year’s March show just how vibrant, young and full of hope today’s pro-life movement is,” she continued.

The 47th annual March for Life, the world’s largest annual human rights demonstration, will be held on January 24, 2020. Leading up to the March for Life and throughout 2020, the March for Life will share more about the theme Life Empowers: Pro-Life is Pro-Woman and the incredible history of the women who pioneered the women’s rights movement and their pro-life beliefs.

 

About We Are Messengers:

Originally from Ireland, We Are Messengers saw their career explode with the release of their self-titled debut album in 2016. The album earned them their first Dove Award nomination for New Artist of the Year and included the Top 5 hits “Everything Comes Alive,” “Magnify” and “Point to You.” In early 2019 the band released the billboard top 10 “Honest” EP featuring the #1 single “Maybe It’s Ok.” They now return with the new single “Power” already a fan favorite at We Are Messengers legendary live shows and will reach a massive audience this year as they gear up to play international shows, Summer festival dates and a Fall headlining run across the USA.

 

 

 

 

 

 

March for Life Unveils its 2020 Theme — Life Empowers: Pro-Life is Pro-Woman

“Pro-lifers should be inspired by the early suffragists who understood the true dignity of women, and that every person, born and unborn, deserves equal rights.”

-Jeanne Mancini, President of March for Life-

Washington, D. C. – Today, the March for Life Education and Defense Fund announced the theme for the 2020 March for Life – “Life Empowers: Pro-Life is Pro-Woman.” Jeanne Mancini, President of the March for Life, was joined by Gloria Purvis, radio host and Chairperson for Black Catholics United for Life, Serrin Foster, President of Feminists for Life, and Victoria Cobb, President of The Family Foundation of Virginia, to discuss how the theme for the 47th annual March for Life embodies the current state of the pro-life movement.

2020 marks the 100th anniversary of the 19th Amendment of the Constitution which guarantees women the right to vote. The movement to pass the 19th Amendment was led by women suffragists, considered the early pioneers of the feminist movement, who understood that abortion ends a life and harms women. These leaders include such women as Susan B. Anthony, and Alice Paul, who said abortion is the “ultimate exploitation of women.” Today, the pro-life movement is following in the footsteps of the suffragists as they advocate for equality for the unborn, believing that equal rights for women begin in the womb. Like the original feminists, the pro-life movement believes that women and society deserve better than abortion and that life is truly the empowering choice for women, babies, and society.

“Courageous suffragists like Susan B. Anthony and Elizabeth Cady Stanton who fought for women’s right to vote, also opposed abortion. Pro-lifers should be inspired by the early suffragists who understood the true dignity of women, and that every person, born and unborn, deserves equal rights and protections under the law,” said Jeanne Mancini. “The success of the suffragists in achieving a guaranteed right to vote for women gives us hope that one day all persons, born and unborn, will be guaranteed the right to life,” continued Mancini.

The 47th annual March for Life, the world’s largest annual human rights demonstration, will be held on January 24, 2020. Leading up to the March for Life and throughout 2020, the March for Life will share more about the theme and the incredible history of the women who pioneered the women’s rights movement and their pro-life beliefs.

March for Life Announces 2020 Connecticut March for Life

March for Life, Partnered with the Family Institute of Connecticut, and the Connecticut Catholic Conference Announce 2020 Connecticut March for Life

First ever official Connecticut March for Life to take place in Hartford on April 15th, 2020

 

HARTFORD, CT. – March for Life is excited to partner with the Family Institute of Connecticut, and the Connecticut Catholic Conference to organize the first ever official Connecticut March for Life on April 15th, 2020 in Hartford, Connecticut. Marchers will rally at the state capital to call for an end to pro-abortion extremism in the state.

 “We are delighted to partner with such strong pro-life, pro-family organizations to help plan and launch the first Connecticut March for Life. This is an opportunity for Connecticut pro-lifers to come together and remind state legislators that Connecticut stands for the rights of the unborn,”  said Jeanne Mancini, President of March for Life Defense and Education Fund. “Every human life should be valued and protected under the law.”

 “We are extremely grateful and excited to have a day where all people can come together in common purpose to celebrate life and to commit ourselves to the pursuit of justice for all of our citizens, especially the most vulnerable – the unborn,” said Christopher Healy, Executive Director, Connecticut Catholic Conference.

“Thousands of Connecticut citizens travel to Washington every year for the March for Life. Now, for the first time, Family Institute of Connecticut is partnering with the March for Life and the Connecticut Catholic Conference to bring the March home. On April 15th, we will make our voice heard in Hartford, that every unborn child should be welcomed in life and protected in law,” said Peter Wolfgang, Executive Director, Family Institute of Connecticut.

The Connecticut March for Life will start with a rally at the State Capitol at 11:45 am ET, followed by a march at 12:45 pm ET. More details, including a list of speakers, to be announced soon.

Learn more at CTMarchforLife.org.

March for Life Statement on Supreme Court decision to review ruling on Louisiana abortion law

“Abortion activists are more than willing to lower the bar on women’s health in order to expand abortion, but stricter clinic regulations are in the best interest of women. Just recently we were reminded of the need for more oversight when it comes to abortion, not less, with the appalling case of the abortionist Ulrich Klopfer who collected thousands of aborted babies’ bodies in his home. We applaud the Louisiana bill’s sponsor Katrina Jackson as well as its other supporters for taking concrete steps to protect women in that state.”

-Jeanne Mancini, President, March for Life