Passing Of Nellie Gray, March For Life Founder, Mourned By Pro-Life Spokeswoman

August 14, 2012 By Public Affairs Office

WASHINGTON—At news of the death ofMiss Nellie Gray, founder and long-time organizer of the annual national Marchfor Life in Washington, Deirdre McQuade, assistant director for policy andcommunications at the Pro-Life Secretariat of the United States Conference ofCatholic Bishops (USCCB), offered the following comment:

"Today is a sadday in the pro-life movement as we mourn the passing of Nellie Gray, whofaithfully devoted herself to the legal protection of the unborn withoutexception. Through the March for Life, she mobilized millions to protest theinjustice of Roe v. Wade and to speakout on behalf of unborn children, who have no voice of their own. While MissGray did not see Roe overturned inher lifetime, the movement she helped build – especially its young members –will not rest until the right to life is restored once again. May the angelslead her into paradise!"

The national Marchfor Life draws hundreds of thousands to Washington around January 22 each yearto protest Roe v. Wade, the 1973Supreme Court decision that legalized abortion though all nine months ofpregnancy throughout the United States. Miss Gray led the March for Life fromits inception in 1974 through 2012. Similar annual events now take place allaround the country.

Gray, whoconverted to Catholicism as an adult, was single and a parishioner of St. MaryMother of God Catholic Church in Washington.

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Keywords: U.S. Conference of Catholic Bishops, Secretariaton Pro-Life Activities, Nellie Gray, March for Life, Roe v. Wade, abortion,right to life, dignity of the human person,Deirdre McQuade

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