By Michelle Laque Johnson
Crowds at the 40th Annual March for Life are expected to far surpass the crowds that attended this week's inauguration! Doubtless the late MFL Founder Nellie Gray is lending a helping hand from above. What will happen now that Nellie Gray has gone "home?" Tune in and find out! You are not going to want to miss a minute of EWTN's coverage so schedule it for viewing or recording now! The MFL will air at 9 a.m. ET, Friday, Jan. 25, with an encore at noon, Sunday, Jan. 27, while the Walk for Life West Coast will air at 2:30 p.m. ET, Saturday, Jan. 26, with an encore at 9:30 a.m. ET, Sunday, Jan. 27.
As Jeanne Monahan, the new President of the March for Life Education and Defense Fund, has been stating in her press interviews, the youth are tired of seeing their own generation decimated: Almost 56 MILLION pre-born children have lost their lives since abortion was legalized in the United States – that's almost 4,000 children a day! This has not gone unnoticed by at least some Congressional representatives. In addition to Monahan, political speakers will include Speaker of the House John Boehner (R-OH), former Sen. Rick Santorum (R-PA), now Chairman of Patriot Voices; Senator and Presidential Candidate Rand Paul (R-KY); and Reps. Chris Smith (R-NJ), Diane Black (R-TN), and Dan Lipinski (D-IL).
Also speaking are Boston Cardinal Sean Patrick O'Malley, Chairman of the USCCB Committee on Pro-Life Activities; Tony Perkins, President of the Family Research Council; Georgette Forney, President of Anglicans for Life and co-founder of "Silent No More;" Ryan Bomberger, Chief Creative Officer of the Radiance Foundation; Carol Clews, Executive Director of the Center for Pregnancy Concerns; Patrick Kelly, Chairman of the March for Life Education and Defense Fund; and Youth Activist Ruben Verastigui, Students for Life of America's 2012 Missionary for Life.
Over on the West Coast, The Walk for Life, which will be joined this year by Archbishop Carlo Maria Vigano, the Vatican Ambassador to the U.S., will include speakers such as Lacey Buchanan, a young mother whose YouTube video about her blind son went viral and has touched over 11 million viewers; Elaine Riddick, a woman who was forcibly sterilized at age 14 under orders from North Carolina's Eugenics Board, whose goal was to purify the state's population by weeding out the mentally ill, diseased, feebleminded and others deemed undesirable; Rev. Clenard Childress, the founder and director of www.BlackGenocide.org, a website designed to reach the African-American Community with the truth about abortion; and Kelly and Matthew Clinger, a post-abortive couple who share their story about the heartache and pain caused by life in the music industry, divorce, addiction, and abortion.
In addition, the "Silent No More" rally prior to the Walk for Life will feature Actress and Model Jennifer O'Neill, who is the national spokeswoman for the "Silent No More" Post-Abortion Awareness Campaign.
As we told you last week, EWTN is again asking you, our viewers, to "march" with us all over the Internet by posting your comments and videos (30 seconds or less) on our Facebook page (www.facebook.com/ewtnonline), Twitter page (www.twitter.com/ewtn) , and by email at firstname.lastname@example.org (for possible posting on our pro-life web page, www.ewtn.com/prolife). We look forward to going viral with you!
God bless you Family!