I'm happy and honored! The bulk of my prize earnings will go toward a project ProLifeBlogs' Tim and I have been working on for months. Just needed the funding. Will keep you posted. I'll also use some of the proceeds to modernize the blog.
Congrats to all other winners, and thanks to pro-life philanthropist Ray Ruddy and the judges.
Press release, issued last night:
$600,000 PRO-LIFE AWARD
Inaugural Year of the Gerard Health Foundation Honor Awards
Pro-Life Movement's Greatest Heroes
Natick, MA - The Gerard Health Foundation is pleased to announce the winners of its inaugural Life Prizes award, granted to 6 individuals or groups that have made unsurpassed strides in preserving and upholding the sanctity of human life....
These winners have demonstrated their leadership and progress in pro-life achievements through public advocacy, scientific research, legal action, outreach and public discourse activities. The first award of its kind, Life Prizes is overseen by Executive Director Cathy Ruse who worked in conjunction with members of the Selection Advisory Committee to evaluate the more than 100 nominations submitted to the Foundation and select the recipient winners of the $600,000 in shared prize money. The four advisors comprising the Selection Advisory Committee have helped advance pro-life principles and practices in their advocacy and include Archbishop of Denver Charles Chaput, the Reverend Dr. Alveda King, Ambassador Ray Flynn and Professor Hadley Arkes of Amherst College.
"We were impressed by the exceptional caliber of all those nominated for the initial year of Life Prizes, and reminded of the heroism, sacrifice, and valor in the efforts of leaders from across the country," stated Cathy Ruse. "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. We are thrilled with the work they have been doing and are excited to see how that work will continue."
The $600,000 in prize money will be divided among the following six winners:
* American Association of Pro-Life Obstetricians and Gynecologists - Association of pro-life physicians that saves lives by remaining steadfastly committed to life within a stridently pro-abortion profession and which conducts research, writing, and public advocacy especially on the negative impact of abortion on women.
* Richard Doerflinger - Associate Director of the United States Conference of Catholic Bishops' Secretariat for Pro-Life Activities, bioethics expert, consummate researcher, and has been involved in almost every major pro-life legislative initiative since 1980. He has contributed behind the scenes to all major pro-life statements from the Catholic bishops during the last quarter century.
* Margaret "Peggy" Hartshorn - President, Heartbeat International, a preeminent network of more than 1,000 pregnancy resource centers spread throughout the world that has directly saved the lives of innumerable unborn children and their mothers from abortion through vital pregnancy support.
* Jill Stanek - Nurse who first publicly exposed infanticide of abortion survivors, Born-Alive Infant Protection Act proponent and chief witness, and prolific writer who uses the media and her popular blog to continue revealing the truth about late-term abortion.
* Lila Rose - Founder of student pro-life organization Live Action and President of its UCLA chapter. She has launched several successful, undercover investigations that exposed the racism and statutory rape cover-up by Planned Parenthood.
* Kay Coles James - Founder and President of The Gloucester Institute, an outreach and education initiative for young African Americans focused on developing solutions for the challenges facing communities today, utilizing lessons learned from the civil rights movement, including a recognition that the first civil right is life itself. She and her husband, Charles James, have worked to advance the pro-life cause for three decades as advocates in the highest levels of government, including the Reagan and both Bush presidential administrations and as founders of a pregnancy resource center and Black Americans for Life.
"The accomplishments of these pro-life heroes are diverse, valiant, and nothing short of inspiring," stated Raymond Ruddy, President of the Gerard Health Foundation. "They are the movement's most successful champions of life and their achievements will inspire future pro-life generations to be bold and brilliant in undertaking the many challenges that lie ahead in spreading a culture of life."
After the initial nomination process made on behalf of more than 100 esteemed nominators, the Life Prizes' Selection Advisory Committee assisted the Gerard Health Foundation in the difficult job of narrowing the finalists down to secure the six prominent recipients. The awards will be given at a ceremony held in Washington, DC on January 23, 2009.
More information is available at www.LifePrizes.org.
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.
Let me be the first to congratulate you!! This is pay off for faithfullness.Posted by: xppc at November 19, 2008 9:25 AM
"Faithful in little things, faithful in big things".Posted by: HisMan at November 19, 2008 9:30 AM
Jill is fine in her heart. She would do this even if here were no reward or recognition.Posted by: xppc at November 19, 2008 9:33 AM
congratulations Jill. You deserve the honor.Posted by: hal at November 19, 2008 9:48 AM
MikePosted by: Mike at November 19, 2008 9:54 AM
Woooo! You're on the anti-choice gravy train, now!Posted by: reality at November 19, 2008 9:55 AM
Congratulations, Jill! You're an inspiration to all decent people, and a thorn in the side to the not-so-decent ones.Posted by: The Raving Atheist at November 19, 2008 9:57 AM
Congratulations, Jill! You are so deserving of this award. Like Mother Teresa (I know you're not Catholic)your words and your actions continue to inspire me and motivate me to persevere in the good fight.
God bless you!
Wow! Congratulations, Jill!Posted by: crispy at November 19, 2008 10:17 AM
Congratulations Jill!Posted by: Lauren at November 19, 2008 10:23 AM
An honor well deserved. Congratulations! I am also extremely pleased that the courageous Ms. Lila Rose is a recipient. I wish we could replicate her boldness and creativity in fighting for LIFE in all of our young people.
Your continued stand for "the least of these" has earned you far more in Heaven already, many crowns to be cast at the feet of the One whom our hearts desire. It is also very gratifying to see you earn recognition and reward this side of Heaven, knowing that it is nothing you sought, but it is so well deserved.
God bless you, Jill. Continue on in the fight and know there are more with us than with those that contend against us. It is just a matter of time, my friend. We win.Posted by: Amy at November 19, 2008 10:25 AM
Congrats Jill!Posted by: LizFromNebraska at November 19, 2008 10:42 AM
Jill, a big congratulations! You definitely deserve this.Posted by: Bethany at November 19, 2008 10:45 AM
Congratulations to you Jill!! I am very proud of you!!Posted by: Carla at November 19, 2008 11:34 AM
Congratulations on your leadership. We will never give up.Posted by: maria at November 19, 2008 1:58 PM
Hi Jill. Congrats! Your blog is great and I've learned a great deal here and met some wonderful people. Wonder what somg thinks? hehe
(BTW, do you need a librarian, or maybe a maid? )
Jill is fine in her heart. She would do this even if here were no reward or recognition.
Posted by: xppc at November 19, 2008 9:33 AM
I totally agree!
Congratulations to Jill and to all the very deserving recipients.Posted by: Joanne at November 19, 2008 2:08 PM
Well, thank you, everyone... :)Posted by: Jill Stanek at November 19, 2008 2:18 PM
Congratulations, Jill Stanek!!!! Whoo Hooo! (and aren't you in some most FINE company too?)
I'm doing cartwheels down here! :-)Posted by: J. A.N. at November 19, 2008 2:56 PM
Is there anything you can do using this website to try to help Saxby Chambliss win reelection in his Senate runoff in Georgia?
I understand that Ted Stevens just got taken down in Alaska by about 2300 votes. The situation is getting critical and we cannot afford to lose another Republican Senate seat. I can feel the noose slowly tightening around us as the Democrats take seat after seat.
Anything you can do to help is appreciated as the pro-life movement will have to make a strong stand in the Senate in January.Posted by: Joe at November 19, 2008 2:57 PM
she would do this even if there were no reward or recognition
She would do this even if it made her the target of the most vicious and powerful anti-life forces in the world, including the President of the United States and both houses of Congress.
(And Hal).Posted by: The Raving Atheist at November 19, 2008 3:40 PM
Congratulations, Jill! Well deserved.Posted by: John Jansen at November 19, 2008 4:26 PM
Go, Jill, GO!
And LIla Rose.
Can you imagine if you two get together and work on something? The DAMAGE you's would cause!Posted by: carder at November 19, 2008 7:36 PM
Congratulations on receiving God's rich blessing to invest in your prolife ministry. LLPosted by: LauraLoo at November 19, 2008 7:46 PM
the most vicious and powerful anti-life forces in the world, including the President of the United States and both houses of Congress.
Way to go, TRA!Posted by: Doug at November 19, 2008 8:23 PM
you know, that's funny. But I rarely criticize Jill. When I do, I try to do it with respect. (I know there have been exceptions, when she really pushed my buttons...)Posted by: hal at November 19, 2008 9:37 PM
Way to go! You deserve it!
CongratsPosted by: NorthoftheBorder at November 20, 2008 5:25 PM
Congratulations on your Major Award!!
Congratulations on your Major Award!!
Janet, speaking of that:Posted by: Doug at November 20, 2008 10:38 PM
congrats Jill! Congrats to Lila as well, she is awesome :)Posted by: Erik Whittington at November 20, 2008 10:54 PM
Ha! You got it! The full line of products are funny. Love the bunny suit and the flagpole incident!
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Seriously, congratulations on producing a wonderful blog.