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Healthy Respect Media Release

Life Prizes Honor Front Line Labor

February 2009 -- An important new prize for those who work on the front lines to defend the truth about human love and life was awarded last month in conjunction with the annual March for Life in Washington, D.C. Healthy Respect's leaders attended the awards ceremony January 23rd to show support for the cause.

The inaugural Life Prizes, sponsored by the Gerard Health Foundation of Raymond and Marilyn Ruddy, were given to six outstanding champions of life, with a $100,000 award for each.

Showing the appeal and diversity of the life cause, the recipients included those who have labored on the issues many years, a college woman, a doctor, a nurse, and a former government official who founded an organization for black Americans.

The emcee for the awards ceremony was Laura Ingraham, the popular host of her own syndicated radio show.

Receiving the Life Prizes were:

Jill Stanek, a nurse who called attention to a hospital's practice of leaving babies who survived abortion in a room to die unattended; she now writes and gives lectures about the cause for life;

Dr. Donna Harrison, president of the Board of Directors of the American Association of pro-Life Obstetricians and Gynecologists;

Richard Doerflinger, Associate Director for Pro-Life Activities for the U.S. Catholic bishops;

Kay Coles James, co-founder of Black Americans for Life and a pregnancy resource center for women in crisis pregnancies, she also served as Director of the Office of Personnel Management under President Bush;

Peggy Hartshorn, Ph.D., Director of Heartbeat International, a pregnancy resources group that includes 1,100 affiliated pregnancy centers in 43 countries;

Lila Rose, a student at UCLA who has broken new ground with her investigative, undercover videos that expose the illicit practices of abortion clinics in relation to teenage girls.

"We want to express our support for those who witness to the value of life and show that support through the dedication of their work," said Dr. Nanci Coppola, Executive Director of Healthy Respect. "This is an important new prize that recognizes the best achievements in the field."