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Pro-life dinner in Omaha raises $19,500

More than 200 people turned out to support Nebraskans United for Life at the organization’s Celebration of Life Annual Dinner Jan. 14 in Omaha.

And the event raised about $19,500 to support the organization’s work, which includes pregnancy, child loss and post-abortion counseling, free pregnancy and STD testing, parenting and other classes and material support for pregnant women such as clothing and diapers.

"This also was an educational opportunity to reach out to our members and keep them informed about pro-life issues," said Anne Marie Bowen, chairman and president. "And we want to celebrate and protect life from conception to natural death and encourage people to help overturn Roe vs. Wade."

Keynote speaker was Kristan Gray of Shenandoah, Iowa – a mother, author, columnist, and former radio news anchor and missionary to Africa. With a focus on forgiveness, she spoke about having an abortion at age 17.

Her experiences also are recounted in her book, "No One Could Know."

The dinner program also included oral and silent auctions and presenting two awards: Maris Bentley, a member of Christ the King Parish in Omaha, received the Bob and Rita Gradoville Award for her pro-life legislative efforts and opposition to the Omaha Public Schools’ comprehensive sex education curriculum.

And Bowen was honored with the Lifetime Pro-Lifer Award for her 45 years of pro-life work.

Walk, prayer, vigil for life

Nebraskans United for Life is planning a Jan. 22 march in Omaha to mark the anniversary of the 1973 Roe v. Wade Supreme Court decision legalizing abortion across the country.

Beginning at 4 p.m. on the southwest corner of 90th and Maple streets, the event will include walking to a Planned Parenthood facility on 93rd Street, just north of Maple, and holding a candlelight vigil.

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