By Nate Madden
WASHINGTON — A newcomer to the pro-life movement, Online for Life, was among the winners at the 2015 Weyrich Awards Dinner, which took place recently at the Four Seasons in Washington.
Named Outstanding New Organization of the Year, Online for Life describes itself as a “compassionate, technology-driven nonprofit organization committed to rescuing children and families from abortion.”
The group seeks to do this by “reframing the conversation by upending conventional assumptions and promoting the truth about the cultural, sociological and psychological impacts of abortion.” Its three primary areas of focus are: reaching out to life-affirming pregnancy centers nationwide; building networks of community partners to assist couples in crisis pregnancies; and working to change modern culture to one of life “one heart, one mind, one child at a time.”
Other pro-life advocates made a strong showing at the Feb. 25 dinner, held once a year by Coalitions for America to honor the achievements of various people and organizations in the American conservative movement. It is named in honor of the late Paul Weyrich, a lifelong religious and political activist. He was a deacon in the Melkite Catholic Church.
Among the other award recipients was March for Life’s vice president of government affairs, Tom McClusky, who was named Faith Community Leader of the Year. The two runners-up were Robert P. George, professor of jurisprudence at Princeton University, and Father Frank Pavone, national director of Priests for Life. March for Life also was declared the Grassroots Organization of the Year.
Lila Rose, president of Live Action, was named Youth Leader of the Year. Rose, 26, is also the founder of Live Action, which, according to its website, is a “youth-led movement dedicated to building a culture of life and ending abortion.” Her organization is probably best known for its undercover video investigations of abortion clinics. Its videos have shed light on illegal and unethical practices in the nation’s abortion industry, exposing violations by abortion clinic staff. Her group’s work has led to the closure of several abortion facilities.
The Coalitions for America also honored Sen. Jeff Sessions, R-Alabama, as National Legislator of the Year. Sessions has a 97 percent rating on the National Right to Life Scorecard and was an original co-sponsor of the 2003 Partial-Birth Abortion Ban Act.