The Pro-Life Alliance of Gays And Lesbians

Free the March

29 January 2002

Dear Members and Friends of the Pro-Life Alliance of Gays and Lesbians,

By now many of you probably have heard of the arrest of Vice-President Erik Jurek and myself at the March for Life. Nellie Gray may believe that by having us arrested she will deter further participation of PLAGAL at the March for Life. Nothing could be further from the truth. What Nellie Gray has managed to do is make us more determined to open up the March for Life to all those who are peaceful participants under the pro-life banner. For PLAGAL members the March for Life has always been an outward protest of the Supreme Court's ruling of Roe v Wade which legalized abortion. It has also been a time for our members and Board of Directors to get together to discuss the accomplishments of the past year as well as the goals for the next year. We have also used it as a tool to motivate us to keep fighting for the pro-life cause for yet another year.

We have decided to turn this unfortunate incident into an opportunity to reach out to other pro-life groups. To build bridges and work toward the goal of solidarity that will strengthen the pro-life movement. We need to reiterate that abortion touches everyone. It knows no social or economic boundaries. It does not matter what religious affiliation you are, the color of your skin or which political party you belong to. It does not even matter whether you are gay or straight. We all have sisters, cousins, aunts and so on that can be in a position of a crisis pregnancy. Even some of the women within the pro-life movement itself have been in a position where pregnancy seemed a burden at the time. As long as we are human we are affected. That is why all people who are pro-life need to work together. We need to put aside our differences and work together to give women "real choices". Choices that are viable alternatives to abortion. Choices that empower women. By working together we can put an end to abortion on demand, as we know it today.

You may be asking yourself " How can I help?" The Board of Directors of PLAGAL has decided to put together a "FREE THE MARCH" fund. We will use this fund to purchase a new banner, pay expenses incurred from the arrest, and to pay for the expenses of the letter writing campaign and lobbying effort we are beginning. Please consider a donation to PLAGAL for this purpose. PLAGAL is a 501c3 organization and donations are tax deductible. It is our hope that with this fund we can reach those in the pro-life Movement who want to stand side by side with all those who are pro-life and work together to help women and their unborn children.

Cecilia Brown
President, PLAGAL