One of the leading lights of the pro-life movement has died. Nellie Gray, the charismatic founder of the annual March for Life in Washington, D.C., the largest annual pro-life event in the country, passed away over the weekend.
Gray, who was once described by Cardinal Sean O’Malley as the “Joan of Arc” of the pro-life movement, was an ubiquitous figure at the pro-life march every year, her slight frame standing at the podium at stage centre, introducing the many luminaries who addressed the crowd of several hundred thousand during the rally before the march.
Gray founded the march in 1974, and guided its development into a massive annual movement that has inspired copycat events not only in cities across the U.S., but around the world. Her motto was ‘no exceptions.’