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An Unplanned “PRAY IN” On My Birthday

Friday, January 30th, 2015

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Last week hundreds of thousands of pro-lifers descended on Washington for the March for Life on January 22, 2015, the anniversary of the court ruling of Roe vs. Wade which made it possible for millions of babies to be killed at the altar of “choice.”

150129 blog image6Every year the march is followed up by women and men of the Silent No More Awareness Campaign giving our testimonies of regretted abortions on the Supreme Court steps. This year there was even a former abortionist, Dr. Anthony Levatino, who regrets performing abortions.

150129 blog image1As I was sitting in front of the Supreme Court that day, my sixty-fourth birthday no less, the back and forth challenges between the pro-abortion protesters on one side and the pro-life marchers on the other side began to heat up. I began thinking of my uncle’s words, “We must learn to live together as brothers [and sisters] or perish as fools;” and I began to pray. As I prayed, I became grieved in my heart, and seemed to be lead by the Spirit of God to walk between the two groups and then lie down in the street with a sanctity of life sign and pray.

150129 blog image5As I walked towards the young people I watched pro-abortion protesters with their white pants splotched with red [paint] “blood” between their legs; some waving coat hangers and hurling profanity into the air, my heart ached and I felt moved to pray for them.

I also prayed for my Pro-Life brothers and sisters who rallied to answer the pro-abortion voices. I thought about God’s Love and how people, not knowing and understanding John 3:16, are perishing for lack of the knowledge of the Love of God.

150129 blog image8Somehow, the image of Dr. Billy Graham and my Uncle MLK preaching ad praying together against racism and segregation in the nineteen fifties fits in here. I’m praying that the racist roots of Margaret Sanger and Planned Parenthood will be broken.

However, I digress. The pro-abortion protesters were shouting for “reproductive rights” not seeming to understand that they were promoting death as a solution. Somehow, I just wanted to take them in my arms and lovingly explain to them, “Don’t you understand that every human person has the same right as you and me, the right to life? And that choice that you are fighting for is the choice to kill a tiny human person? And mothers and dads and everybody suffers from such choices?”

Alveda lying in street at SNMACThere was no room for my voice, there was so much shouting. So, I lay down on the ground and I quietly prayed for God to help us love each other and stop the killing.

Someone shouted, “get off of our property.” I thought about sitting up and explaining that we all had the constitutional right to be there; but I just kept on praying, oh Jesus!

Then, a young man looked down at me and shouted something like “who is that old *!@!#*! African American woman on the ground?” Someone said Dr. Alveda King, niece of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr.” He ran away into the crowd.

As the prolife marchers began to gather for the SILENT NO MORE rally, it was time to join #HealingTheShockwavesOfAbortion, so my colleagues pulled me up from the ground, and I walked over to the stage and gave testimony of my regretted abortions before the crowd. The voices of the pro-abortion protesters began to fade. Some were being arrested for acting out.

My “pray in” demonstration was unplanned; stirred by a heart of contrition and compassion. Yet, I will keep praying, whether standing, sitting, kneeling or from the ground, every year that the Lord permits me to and I will continue to pray for all humanity, not just until the day that we abolish abortion in America and around the world; but until God’s love breaks through the stony hearts and HIS glory is revealed.

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Teen Film Club Releases Powerful #ProLife Short Film

Wednesday, January 28th, 2015

Stand True Ministries

If you’ve never met someone, do they still exist? This is the premise of the short film, “If I Can’t See It,” released last week by Angelic Films in partnership with Stand True Pro-life Outreach, the Youth Outreach of Priests for Life.

This film was made by teens in Charlotte, NC as a project of their film club, Angelic Films. The original story was formulated by Bryan Kemper and was put into writing by WNCU film student Emily Pressley after Kemper shared the idea with the club.

Many of the teens involved with Angelic Films are also involved in pro-life work in Charlotte, NC. Zoe Griffin, a member of Angelic Films, has been featured in many national pro-life stories giving her testimony of regretting the loss of a sibling to abortion. Zoe has spoken at international pro-life conferences as well as represented Silent No More at the March for Life in Washington, DC.

Stand True exists to educate, activate and equip young people to stand up and be a voice for life in this culture of death. It was a perfect fit to have a group of young people like Angelic Films take on this project. Stand True believes this is the generation that will abolish abortion and is excited to see young people use their time and talent to help build a culture of life.

With a powerful combination of talent, purpose, and meaning this film is a short and concise delivery of what it means to be ALIVE. The film was debuted at the March for Life Youth Rally hosted by Stand True. Henry Hoyt, the film’s director, introduced the film and also led the members of Angelic Films in the March for Life where hundreds of thousands of pro-lifers descended on Washington, DC to demand the end of abortion.

“I was moved and inspired by the film” said Stand True President, Bryan Kemper. “Seeing the passion and vision of these teens gives me strength and confidence moving forward towards our goal of the abolition of abortion.”

Watching the March being led by youth, chanting “We are the pro-life generation,” it is easy to see why Stand True and Angelic Films are so confident that an end to the abortion holocaust is in sight.

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Prayers Breaking Out Everywhere!

Thursday, January 15th, 2015

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Hello everyone. It’s Alveda “boots on the ground” in Dallas, TX at THE POTTER’S HOUSE. For a full breakdown of who’s all here, visit http://www.thereconciledchurch.org/

Lots of prayer power going on. Join the Prayer Movement now because revival is in the land.

God’s people are breaking out in prayer around the world! Again, it’s moving so fast, can’t report it all.

Here’s another one coming up!

http://www.priestsforlife.org/national-memorial/invite.aspx

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And another:

On Friday, January 23, Reverend Hoye will host the Eighth Annual Stand Up 4Life Rally and Walk in Oakland. The rally and walk begin at noon at Frank H. Ogawa Plaza, in front of Oakland’s City Hall.

http://bit.ly/1C2Fsbn

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There was another powerful move in Atlanta earlier this week where leaders gathered to pray for religious freedom:

http://www.onenewsnow.com/culture/2015/01/14/supporters-rally-in-atlanta-behind-kelvin-cochran#.VLevWIpOLCQ

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And… Watch Lacrae connect the dots on racism and genocide using this quote:

As MLK said, “The Negro cannot win if he is willing to sacrifice the futures of his children for immediate personal comfort and safety. Injustice anywhere is a threat to justice everywhere.” Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. 1929-1968.

http://youtu.be/wauaI7rL0vM

After you watch the video, Tweet/Post using the hashtag #Itspossiblestuff. You will see Lecrae say this to express his confidence that the convicting but cleansing and transforming grace of God at work in him is available to all through Jesus Christ.

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Coming to you across the networks. Jesus is Lord. Amen.

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Host Committee Announced for National Prayer Service

Wednesday, December 3rd, 2014

PriestsForLife

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Date: December 2, 2014

Contact: Leslie Palma
347-286-7277

WASHINGTON, D.C. — Fr. Frank Pavone, National Director of Priests for Life, announced today the formation of a Host Committee for the National Memorial for the Preborn and their Mothers and Fathers, to be held on Thursday, Jan. 22, 2015 in Washington, D.C. to mourn 42nd years since Roe vs. Wade and to recommit to the task of ending abortion.

“I am grateful to these friends and colleagues of mine who are joining our organizers and sponsoring organizations in inviting activists, pastors and their congregations from around the country to come together in prayer and worship on this momentous occasion,” Fr. Pavone stated. “We want to have one of the largest expressions ever of communal repentance and fervent intercession for an end to abortion in our nation.”

Serving on the Host Committee are:

Tony Perkins, President, Family Research Council
Gary Bauer, President, American Values
Archbishop Craig W. Bates, Patriarch of the International Communion of the Charismatic Episcopal Church
Ernie Ohlhoff, National Right to Life Committee
Alveda King, Director of African-American Outreach, Priests for Life
Brad Mattes, CEO, Life Issues Institute
Charmaine Yoest, Ph. D., President and CEO, Americans United for Life
Alan Sears, President, CEO, and General Counsel, Alliance Defending Freedom
Dick and Sherley Bott, Bott Radio Network
Rich Bott, President and CEO, Bott Radio Network

“Nothing could delight the heart of God more than his children coming together to pray on behalf of those who have no voice and so are victims of the worse holocaust known to man,” said Archbishop Bates. “The united prayers of God’s children will do more to end abortion and heal the wounds caused by abortion than any other form of political or social action. Prayer touches the heart of Jesus our King.”

Mr. Sears also stressed the importance of people of faith coming together to pray for the unborn.

“Every January 22nd, we mourn the loss of the millions of our brothers and sisters who have been denied their unalienable right to life. The National Memorial for the Preborn and Their Mothers and Fathers allows all of us to come together in unity to pray for a day when this will be no more, and every life will once again be welcomed and affirmed,” he said. “I strongly encourage all who care passionately about the sanctity of human life is take part in this celebration of life.”

The prayer service is organized by The National Pro-Life Religious Council, The National Pro-Life Center on Capitol Hill, Faith and Action and Priests for Life. Co-sponsoring organizations include: American Values; Jubilee Campaign Law of Life Project ; Life Issues Institute; Americans United for Life; National Institute of Family and Life Advocates, and Alliance Defending Freedom .

“The National Memorial for the Pre-Born and Their Mothers and Fathers provides an opportunity for all those who cherish life to come together and take a few moments to remember the victims of abortion — both preborn children and their mothers and fathers,” said Dr. Yoest. “What better way to embark upon another year of defending life?”

The National Memorial will take place at Constitution Hall in Washington, DC, 1776 D St., NW (18th and D St) on the morning of Thursday, January 22, 2015 (the day of the annual March for Life), from 8:30 to 10:30 a.m. For the convenience of Catholics planning to attend, Mass will be celebrated at 7:30 a.m.

For more details, see www.NationalPrayerService.com

Priests for Life is the nation’s largest Catholic pro-life organization dedicated to ending abortion and euthanasia. For more information, visit www.priestsforlife.org.

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Make Plans Now to Attend Nation’s Premiere Pro-Life Prayer Service

Wednesday, November 12th, 2014

PriestsForLife

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Date: November 12, 2014

Contact: Leslie Palma
347-286-7277

National Memorial for the Preborn is on morning of March for Life

WASHINGTON, D.C. — The best way to begin the March for Life is with prayer, and for the last 20 years, the best place to pray has been at the National Memorial for the Preborn and Their Mothers and Fathers, an interfaith service of worship, preaching and song sponsored by the National Pro-Life Religious Council (NPRC), Faith and Action, Priests for Life, and other religious groups.

The 2015 National Memorial will take place from 8:30 to 10:30 a.m. on Jan. 22 – the morning of the March for Life – at DAR Constitution Hall, 1776 D Street NW, at 18th Street.

“The National Memorial is the nation’s premiere pro-life prayer event, bringing nearly a hundred clergy and thousands of laity together from dozens of denominations to pray for an end to abortion,” said NPRC President Father Frank Pavone. “Few things bring the followers of Christ together more effectively across denominational lines than the pro-life effort. This event gives collective witness to our society that we stand together on the biblical historic teaching on the sanctity of life and that we stand together in the trenches to actually achieve that victory in practice.”

The prayer service, organized by the NRPC, the National Pro-Life Center on Capitol Hill, Faith and Action, Priests for Life and Gospel of Life Ministries, is free and open to the public. Tickets are not required and because of the size of the historic and beautiful Constitution Hall, the event is perfect for large groups.

For the convenience of Catholics in attendance, Mass will be celebrated at 7:30 a.m. For information, go to NationalPrayerService.com

Priests for Life is the nation’s largest Catholic pro-life organization dedicated to ending abortion and euthanasia. For more information, visit www.priestsforlife.org.

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Silent No More Awareness Campaign Canada to take part in National March for Life May 8

Tuesday, May 6th, 2014

SNMAC

In 2014, 100,000 unborn children in Canada will be put to death at taxpayer expense. The women and men of the Silent No More Awareness Campaign Canada will march for these babies’ lives on May 8 at the National March for Life in Ottawa. And they will march to warn the mothers and fathers of these most innocent victims about the true nature of abortion.

“A woman who chooses abortion will never be the same person she was before making that deadly decision,” said Angelina Steenstra, National Coordinator for the Campaign. “We hope that our witness will help change women’s minds before it’s too late. We also want to let other women and men who have made the same choice that we have come to regret, that they are not alone.”

Members of the campaign, carrying signs that declare, “I Regret My Abortion” or “I Regret Lost Fatherhood,” will take part in the March for Life and will give their testimony immediately following, on the steps of Parliament Hill.

This year’s March theme is “RU-4 Life?” and seeks to call attention to the dangers of RU-486, the abortion pill used to kill children in the womb up to nine weeks’ gestation. The Campaign Life Coalition, organizer of the March for Life, is working to keep the drug out of Canada.

“This drug has killed more than a dozen women in the United States, and those are just the cases we know of,” said Janet Morana, co-founder of the Silent No More Awareness Campaign and executive director of Priests for Life, who will travel to Ottawa from New York again this year to march and speak at the Campaign gathering. “This is a drug that is lethal to children and to their mothers. Canada has to protect its borders from RU-486.”

Dale Barr, Silent No More regional coordinator for Eastern Ontario, said the testimony of the women and men of the campaign has a significant impact. Of the estimated 25,000 people who took part in last year’s march, about half stayed to hear the testimonies.

“When people are listening,” she said, “minds and hearts are being changed.”

To arrange interviews with any of the Silent No More leaders, please call Leslie Palma at 347-286-7277 or email her at leslie@silentnomore.com

The Silent No More Awareness Campaign is a joint project of Anglicans for Life and Priests for Life. For more information, please visit our website: www.SilentNoMoreAwareness.org

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Governor Cuomo: I AM A (HU)MAN BEING

Thursday, January 23rd, 2014

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New York Governor Says No To Civil Rights

New York Governor Andrew Cuomo says there’s no room for pro-lifers or natural marriage supporters in New York. “… they have no place in the state of New York, because that’s not who New Yorkers are,” said Cuomo. Obviously Governor Cuomo doesn’t know many of the prolife people who live in New York, who they are and what they believe.

Many New Yorkers including my boss Fr. Frank Pavone, National Director of Priests for Life, the nation’s largest Catholic pro-life organization and based in New York, would disagree.

Perhaps the Governor should read the Bible. God says to choose life. Is there no room for life in New York, Governor Cuomo? There is room for life at the welcoming table of Jesus Christ, because life and love are part of God’s gift to humanity. Let’s be honest, everybody living needs God’s love, whether they realize it or not. And all human beings make mistakes. Nobody is perfect, so we could all use a good dose of repentance. There’s no room for self-righteousness, just a good dose of Agape Love and Repentance.

Then too, in the Beloved Community of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. there’s room for everybody. Yes, we’re all in need of love and forgiveness and there’s a lot of that to go around. We can all recover if we just learn to love each other. This is the basis of human rights, civil rights and social justice. The right for everyone to be born, and to live is actually the first and most basic of human and civil rights.

“The next thing we must be concerned about if we are to have peace on earth and good will toward men is the nonviolent affirmation of the sacredness of all human life. …Man is a child of God, made in His image, and therefore must be respected as such….And when we truly believe in the sacredness of human personality, we won’t exploit people, we won’t trample over people with the iron feet of oppression, we won’t kill anybody.” – MLK 1967 Christmas Sermon

The New York Governor is actually denying us our civil rights, our Constitutional rights, our human rights. The opportunity to speak out and say what we believe as long as we are loving, gracious, and kind should never be denied any human being.

Yesterday, on my birthday, January 22, I took a few moments to somberly reflect that I’m not truly free and won’t be until the babies are free. Babies and their parents, mothers and fathers, are being denied the opportunities to live happy and productive lives and enjoy genuine civil and human rights including the right to be born and live by people seated in high place in misused seats of power.

For example, we have a temporary injunction against the HHS Mandate order requiring that Priests for Life, where I am Director of African American Outreach, has to pay to provide our employees with easy access to carcinogenic contraceptives and easy access to abortion even though our mission and purpose is to inform the public about the harm and damage these very agents can cause in a family’s life. And Governor Cuomo would deny us the right to free speech and would actually deny us the right to live in New York if we should so choose, unless we give up our right to freedom of speech. Tsk, tsk, tsk and shame on him! I guess he’s not going to invite the Pope to visit New York either.

So let’s shout it out in New York while the sun is still shining – babies are still being aborted in America. Until that stops and everybody has the right to see the light of day, there are no civil rights in New York or anywhere else people are being denied the right to grow healthy families.

I’m on the way home from the very successful observance of the 41st March for Life in Washington activities. Still have hope; still praying that truth is marching on.

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Pro-Life Power Hitters to Speak at March for Life Youth Rally

Thursday, January 16th, 2014

Priests for Life

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Date: January 16, 2014

Contact: Leslie Palma
347-286-7277

Many of the biggest names in the pro-life movement will speak at the March for Life Youth Rally to take place Tuesday, Jan. 21, from 2 to 5 p.m. at the Hyatt Regency Capitol Hill in Washington, D.C.

Bryan Kemper, founder of Stand True, the Youth Outreach of Priests for Life, was tasked by the March for Life to organize and build this event, now in its third year. The rally was booked solid three months before the March and the waiting list is in the thousands. James Nolan of Crossroads will host the event with Kemper.

“March organizers saw how vital young people are, both to the March and to the pro-life movement, and made this rally an official March event,” Kemper said. “This generation is committed to being the generation that ends legal abortion in this country and when thousands of them are together under one roof, they can move mountains.”

Emceeing the rally will be Eric Scheidler of the Pro-Life Action League. Speakers will include Father Frank Pavone, national director of Priests for Life; Dr. Alveda King, director of African-American Outreach for Priests for Life; Janet Morana, co-founder of the Silent No More Awareness Campaign; Troy Newman of Operation Rescue; Lila Rose of Live Action; Ryan Scott Bomberger of the Radiance Foundation, and many others.

Noting that this is the third year that the Youth Rally has been on the official March for Life roster of events, Father Pavone said busloads of high school and college students from all over the country energize the March and assure leaders who have been in the trenches for decades that their work will continue and spread.

“As these young people gather, it is so clear that they want to learn what they can do to end abortion in their own school, Church, and community. That is why, as we bring so many leaders together to address them, we provide them, and their families, with concrete, practical resources and ideas that save lives,” Fr. Pavone said. “And we tell them that right here and now, they are already leaders in the pro-life movement.”

For a speakers’ schedule, go to Standtrue.com/mflyouthrally/

To arrange an interview with Father Pavone, Bryan Kemper, Janet Morana or Alveda King, contact Leslie Palma at 347-286-7277 or media@priestsforlife.org

Priests for Life is the nation’s largest Catholic pro-life organization dedicated to ending abortion and euthanasia. For more information, visit www.priestsforlife.org.

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Make Plans to Start March for Life Day at the National Memorial for the Pre-Born

Monday, January 6th, 2014

Priests for Life

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Date: January 6, 2014

Contact: Leslie Palma
347-286-7277

WASHINGTON, D.C. – Jan. 22 is the most important day on the calendar for the pro-life movement, as we mourn the tragic anniversary of Roe v. Wade and solidify strategies for the upcoming year during the March for Life.

This year also marks the 20th National Memorial for the Pre-Born and Their Mothers and Fathers, the nation’s premiere ecumenical pro-life prayer service, which will take place from 8:30 to 10:30 a.m. Jan. 22 in the DAR Constitution Hall.

Sponsored by the National Pro-Life Religious Council (NPRC) and several other national groups, the service of preaching and song brings together clergy from dozens of denominations, all united in the cause of saving the unborn.

“Everything we do on behalf of the unborn begins and ends with prayer,” said Father Frank Pavone, President of the NPRC and keynote speaker at the event. “And to pray together, across denominational lines, shows one of the most powerful dynamics uniting the Body of Christ: to stand with Christ is to stand with life, and therefore to stand against whatever destroys it.”

Brad Mattes, CEO of the Life Issues Institute, will be honored with the National Pro-Life Recognition Award, given annually by the NPRC during the service.

Sponsoring organizations for the service that grows each year include the National Pro-Life Center on Capitol Hill, Faith and Action, Priests for Life, Gospel of Life Ministries and National Pro-Life Radio.

Serving on the Host Committee for the service are Tony Perkins, President of the Family Research Council; Gary Bauer, President of American Values; Dick and Shirley Bott of Bott Radio Network; Rich Bott, President and CEO of Bott Radio Network; Bob Reccord, Executive Director of the Council for National Policy; Alan Sears of Alliance Defending Freedom; Alveda King, Director of African-American Outreach for Priests for Life; Brad Mattes, CEO of Life Issues Institute; Charmaine Yoest, Ph. D., President and CEO of Americans United for Life; Pastor Luke J. Robinson, Director of Voice of Truth and Life Ministries; Pastor, Quinn Chapel of the A.M.E. Church; Austin Ruse of Catholic Family & Human Rights Institute; Archbishop Craig W. Bates, Patriarch of the International Communion of the Charismatic Episcopal Church, and Ernie Ohlhoff, National Right to Life Committee.

“As we gather for this prayer service this year, we will also issue a strong call for religious liberty in America,” Father Pavone said. “Those who oppose our stand for life increasingly oppose our freedom to take that stand. Now it is time to unite more strongly than ever for both life and freedom!” Priests for Life recently won an injunction against the unjust HHS mandate that would require employers to provide health insurance coverage for practices they find morally objectionable.
The National Memorial will be preceded by a Catholic Mass at 7:30 a.m. in the same venue. The service is free and open to the public. DAR Constitution Hall is at 1776 D. St NW, at 18th Street in Washington, D.C. For more information, go to NationalPrayerService.com

Priests for Life is the nation’s largest Catholic pro-life organization dedicated to ending abortion and euthanasia. For more information, visit www.priestsforlife.org.

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Silent No More Awareness Campaign Canada to Mark 10th Anniversary at National March for Life on May 9

Monday, May 6th, 2013

SNMAC

May 6, 2013
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Angelina Steenstra – 647-330-9749
Leslie Palma – 347-286-7277

The women and men of the Silent No More Awareness Campaign Canada will be in the vanguard of the National March for Life in Ottawa on May 9 and will talk about their abortion experiences and regret during an hour-long event, beginning at 2:45 p.m. on the steps of Parliament Hill.

Angelina Steenstra, National Coordinator for the Campaign, organized the first gathering in 2004 after attending the annual March for Life in Washington, D.C., that January. She was moved by the courageous testimony of the women who spoke in front of the U.S. Supreme Court building about their abortion experiences and knew that a similar gathering would be a powerful addition to the March for Life in Canada. Her efforts were embraced by National March for Life organizers, and a dozen women gave their testimony on May 13 that year.

“We’ve been very embraced. People are extremely grateful for our courage,” said Mrs. Steenstra, who last year was awarded the Queen Elizabeth II Diamond Jubilee Medal in honour of her service to her fellow Canadians.

Janet Morana, co-founder of the Silent No More Awareness Campaign, also will speak at the gathering.

“Women who have made the choice for abortion are the best qualified to talk about how devastating that choice has been,” Ms. Morana said. “Experience trumps rhetoric every time.”

Last year’s National March for Life was attended by a record-breaking crowd of 20,000 people. More than 4 million unborn children have been killed through taxpayer-funded abortion in Canada since 1969.

“Support for abortion is the politically correct position in Canada, but the debate is ongoing in the public square,” said Ms. Steenstra. “The Silent No More Awareness Campaign has contributed to the dialogue in a unique and meaningful way.”

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Since the launch of the Silent No More Awareness Campaign in 2003, 5,612 women and men have shared their testimonies publicly at over 1,195 gatherings in 48 states and 10 countries. More than 12,865 people representing 77 countries are registered to be Silent No More. Raising awareness about the hurtful aftermath of abortion and the help that is available to cope with the pain are two of the Campaign’s goals. The Campaign has over 1,718 testimonies posted here, with over 214 that are shared via video!

The Silent No More Awareness Campaign is a joint project of Anglicans for Life and Priests for Life. For more information, please visit our website: www.SilentNoMoreAwareness.org

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