Yesterday we learned that the pro-life movement lost one of our greatest voices for the unborn. Nellie Gray, founder of the March for Life, passed away over the weekend at her home in Washington, D.C. at the age of 86.
The March for Life, which takes place annually on the anniversary of the Supreme Court's Roe v. Wade decision, is one of Washington's largest annual rallies. The first March in 1974 drew 20,000 people; today this event routinely draws upwards of ten times that number.
It has been my great privilege to spend the last two anniversaries of Roe v. Wade speaking to and with pro-life advocates from Kansas and across the nation at the March for Life, and to have the opportunity to thank them for their dedication and commitment to the pro-life cause. This past year, Kansans stopped by Capitol Hill after the March for hot chocolate and fellowship. Ms. Gray's legacy will live on in the hearts of a new generation of new pro-life champions.
We should all be inspired by Ms. Gray's passionate commitment to protecting the unborn and, on this sad occasion, recommit ourselves to the ideals to which she dedicated her life.
Member of Congress