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Anne and Alex Go To Washington DC

Anne Carmichael, Law of Life Summit, (Photo Courtesy of

Vitae Addresses Law Students at Nat’l Press Club

Vitae Foundation Vice President Anne Carmichael spoke before a packed room for the Law of Life Summit, held at the National Press Club and hosted by Ave Maria School of Law January 21, 2012.  The Washington, D.C., event was held in conjunction with the annual March for Life.  Ave Maria’s Royce Hood coordinated the Summit bringing together pro-life leaders from around the country.   See related article from

Anne spoke to the law students and lawyers gathered about how paid and earned media are critical tools to move public opinion and change the culture by making abortion unthinkable.  She informed them that legislative initiatives are also opportunities for changing public opinion, as those gathered were especially interested in the law.  She gave specific examples of past efforts where Vitae’s research and ads were put to the test and profoundly impacted the target audience.  She noted: “Where Vitae ads go up, abortions go down.”

Among the speakers were Sam Lee, with Campaign Life Missouri; Allan Parker, The Justice Foundation; Professor Carter Snead, Notre Dame School of Law; Dana Cody, Life Legal Defense Fund; Kristan Hawkins, Students for Life; John-Henry Weston,; and Fr. Michael Orsi, Chaplain for Ave Maria School of Law.  A special presentation was made to Nellie Gray, President, March for Life.

Anne and her son, Alex, also participated in the March for Life that Anne described as being like a sea of pro-life people from all over the World!  Anne said the crowd was like water — so massive it spilled over everywhere.  She can’t wait to go back.  “As a pro-life activist, the March for Life is food for the soul.  We draw strength from each other and take that back to fortify our efforts making abortion unthinkable.”


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Toured the White House and Capitol

Me – waiting at White House gate for the rest of the gang.

…And had to run to get to the Capitol tour on time.

Not the sleet on the ground…

nor the heels on my shoes…

kept me from running.  Well they did some.  I was the last one to cross the finish line…with 90 seconds to spare before the tour left without us.  (You cannot enter the Capitol unless you are part of an organized tour.)


Both tours were great – I have always been intrigued by stories of Abigail Adams and she was mentioned several times during the tour of the White House.  She was a remarkable woman.  There have been many great leaders that have walked the same hallways and rooms we toured…it was awe-inspiring to the max.  At the Capitol we saw many more great pieces of art, statues and heard stories about historical events that occurred there.

LIFE Runners Visit the Capitol

After Capitol Tour (Me, Alex, Brianna, Rosemary)

Later that afternoon we headed off to The Law of Life Summit.  Click here to learn more about that event.

The next day, Alex and I squeezed in some time at the National Gallery of Art.



Then off to the March for Life Mini Rally at Lafayette Park, across from the White House.

We ran into  some Vitae Foundation friends…like Mike Huckabee.

Alex and I with Gov Mike Huckabee

After the Mini Rally we processed over to the front of the White House for a Mini Protest.

Then off to a very crowded Mass at the National Shrine of the Immaculate Conception.  There were more than 700 deacons, priests, bishops, archbishops, cardinals including the Papal Nuncio.  The procession alone took 45 minutes.  We arrived at 5:00 and there were already people sitting on the floors because the pews were packed.  For all of us to be allowed to stay in our very small space ( normally that 4 people would stand in), we had to turn sideways (12 of us) with our layers of clothes on from being outside so long.  It was a beautiful Mass and well worth the wait.

Kathleen Gilbert @ shot this photo of the crowded Mass.

Procession of 700 Deacons, Priests, Bishops, Archbishops, Cardinals including the Papal Nuncio

On Monday, Alex and I metroed up to the United States Catholic Conference of Bishops office.

Alex in Reception Area of USCCB

Then metroed back to downtown area to meet up with fellow pro-lifers.

This was a common scene…pro-lifers and signs on Metros and everywhere.

Pro-lifers in the house!!

Photo courtesy of Kathryn Jean Lopez

I am a pro-life activist.  Have been since I was 11 years old and will be till my last breath.  I draw strength from being with other pro-lifers and being at the March for Life is like what a  friend of mine refers to as…the pro-life Woodstock.

Anne and Alex

Here’s a random video of the March for Life 2012.  To my surprise, it has Alex and I in it.  

We were at 5:57 minutes into the EWTN Video of the March.

It was pretty cool being at the March for Life 25 years after the last trip to DC for such.  I never would have dreamed I would be returning with my 16-year-old son.

I told Alex…”What if it is another 25 years before we return???  I’ll be 75 – I was 25 the last time I was here…”  His response – “We will be back again sooner than that.”  I think we will too.

On the flight home …I couldn’t believe it.  Over the intercom the pilot announced his name – John Testrake.  I looked at the flight attendant and said. “Is that the John Testrake whose Dad was the TWA pilot taken hostage in the 80’s??? She said that’s the one.  If not familiar with him read this article.  (Ronald Reagan was President when the hijacking occurred and he held several press conferences during that 17 day ordeal keeping the American public updated.  Our plane flew out of Reagan National).

John Testrake

I sent him a note and spoke after the flight.  I had some phone conversations with his Dad when he was running for office a few years after the ordeal.  He ran as a pro-life candidate.

Photo courtesy of

For all those that shared this 39th infamous anniversary of Roe v Wade together with me and Alex…We are running a long race that began in 1973.

Here’s to you!  Keep on running the good race…the finish line is near.

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