Nellie Gray was an undaunted, unabashed and unapologetic defender of the poorest of the poor in American society -- children in the womb. Her passing at the age of 86 is a testament to millions of pro-life Americans about the determinationg of one soul against the power of the abortion industry:
Though Nellie had begun to show the effects of her nearly 90 years at recent marches, she never failed to show up and to lead the proceedings. In 2008, the then-84-year-old pro-life leader was taken to hospital after tripping and falling while on stage at the March. Gray sustained bruises and cuts and required stitches to her forehead, and was unable to attend the Rose Dinner at which she has always been the MC.
But in an interview with LifeSiteNews, Fr. Frank Pavone remembered that, to his astonishment, Gray was present the following morning at a meeting of pro-life leaders, with her head all bandaged up. “It was just symbolic of her entire life. Her commitment to this cause was unstoppable,” Pavone said. “Seeing her standing up in that meeting with that patch on her head just said it all.”
That's the Nellie Gray we all knew and loved -- the humlity and confidence of a life lived with purpose.
The next March for Life will mark the 40th anniversary of Roe v. Wade, a national tragedy that has consumed over 55 million lives and whose consequences are defended only be the hardest of heart. Nellie's mission to end this tragedy and bring unity to the pro-life movement has defined a generation of rising pro-life leaders.
No greater tribute to her life could be left than to end Roe and leave it in the dustbin of history where it belongs.