Preparing for the March

In only a few weeks, the annual
March for Life
will take place in Washington, D.C.

It will be preceded by the
 National Prayer Vigil for Life.

Here are the main links about those events:

Overview of Events:


Other sites: (Directions to the Shrine) (Public transportation in Washington, D.C.) (Archdiocese of Washington is hosting Youth Rally and Mass for Life)


The next link leads to an article about heroes in the pro-life movement, people who will be formally recognized during the week of the March. Perhaps you will draw some inspiration from them! 

Pro-Life Advocates Receive Foundation Awards
for Extending Educational Work

by Paul Nowak, Staff Writer
December 29, 2008

Washington, DC ( — Six pro-life heroes will receive the inaugural Life Prizes award, with a total value of $600,000, on January 23 in Washington DC. “The six winners that were chosen are examples for us and for our children of the type of initiative and action that is needed to promote life throughout our country,” said Life Prizes director Cathy Ruse. “We are thrilled with the work they have been doing and are excited to see how that work will continue.” The award and prize money will be divided among

  • the American Association of Pro-Life Obstetricians and Gynecologists (AAPLOG), an association of pro-life physicians that saves lives by remaining steadfastly committed to life within a stridently pro-abortion profession;
  • Richard Doerflinger, the Associate Director of the United States Conference of Catholic Bishops’ Secretariat for Pro-Life Activities;
  • Margaret “Peggy” Hartshorn, President, Heartbeat International, a preeminent network of more than 1,000 pregnancy resource centers;
  • Jill Stanek, the nurse who first publicly exposed infanticide of abortion survivors;
  • Lila Rose, founder of student pro-life organization Live Action and President of its UCLA chapter who has launched several successful, undercover investigations that exposed the racism and statutory rape cover-up by Planned Parenthood; and
  • Kay Cole James, founder and president of The Gloucester Institute, an outreach and education initiative for young African Americans and co-founder of Black Americans for Life.   . . .

Follow the link given above to read the remainder of the article. Then prayerfully take a closer look at the possibility of going to the March next month! (And if you don’t attend it in person, try to see it as well as the prayer vigil and Masses on EWTN.)

More about “Life Prizes”:

Life Prizes is a program that awards those who have succeeded in awakening the conscience of America to uphold and preserve the sanctity of human life through their leadership and advances in public advocacy, scientific research, outreach and public disclosure activities, legal action, and other noteworthy achievements. The award is named the “Norinne A. and Raymond E. Ruddy Memorial Pro-Life Prize” to memorialize Mr. and Mrs. Raymond E. Ruddy, strong believers in the pro-life cause and parents of Raymond B. Ruddy, a pro-life philanthropist who has long supported and donated to life causes and charities throughout the world. In addition to recognizing those on the front lines of saving lives and who have most significantly advanced pro-life principles and practices, the initiative seeks to encourage and inspire the next generation of youth to accomplish great things in the name of life.

Life Prizes is an annual prize program awarding up to $600,000 for outstanding efforts to awaken the conscience of America to the sanctity of human life through public advocacy, scientific research, outreach and public disclosure activities, legal action and other noteworthy achievements. Life Prizes is an initiative of the Gerard Health Foundation, the private charity foundation of Raymond B. and Marilyn A. Ruddy, long-time pro-life philanthropists.

The purpose of Life Prizes is two-fold: to recognize those on the front lines of the greatest human rights battle of our day, and to encourage and inspire the next generation to accomplish great things for the cause of life.

The total prize amount of $600,000 will be divided among up to 6 individuals and/or organizations chosen as the winners, and the prizes will be awarded at a ceremony on January 23, 2009 at the National Building Museum in Washington, D.C.

It seems that the Students for Life site has a paraphrased version of what the Life Prizes site says about its work and the award. Since I find each version helpful, I’ll leave both here for you. Much more information is available at the Life Prizes site, including details about the selection process and the winners.


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