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Leading Pro-Life Groups Host Live Webcast Event

Webcast features dramatic story of former Planned Parenthood Director Abby Johnson; event to benefit pregnancy care organizations

May 3, 2011

Colorado Springs, Colo. -- Focus on the Family , Care Net , Heartbeat International and the National Institute of Family and Life Advocates ( NIFLA ) will co-host the live UNITEforLIFE webcast event to benefit pro-life pregnancy care organizations in the U.S. and Canada. The free event, to be held May 17 at 8 p.m. in each U.S. time zone, will feature former Planned Parenthood Director Abby Johnson as she describes her dramatic journey from Planned Parenthood director to pro-life advocate.

Johnson’s change of heart happened after she participated in an ultrasound-assisted abortion procedure that opened her eyes to the reality of abortion.

"I worked in a terrible industry for eight years, but my life was changed after I witnessed a child die in the womb from an abortion," Johnson said. "By the grace of God I am forgiven. I am so thankful that my story can now help equip pro-lifers to come alongside women and save lives. My hope is that, through this webcast, many more will be loved into truth as well."

During the program, pro-life leaders in the pregnancy care movement, including Melinda Delahoyde, president of Care Net; Dr. Peggy Hartshorn, president of Heartbeat International; and Tom Glessner, founder and president of NIFLA will join Johnson to discuss how webcast viewers can help local pregnancy resource centers and medical clinics serve women and save lives.

"Thousands of babies have been saved because their mothers had access to ultrasound services, enabling them to see the life forming inside of them when they were deciding whether or not to have an abortion," said Kelly Rosati, vice president of Community Outreach for Focus on the Family and UNITEforLIFE host. "If you’ve ever felt God’s calling to stand up for children who cannot speak for themselves, this webcast will help to inform and equip you to do just that. We believe this is a don’t-miss event."

The webcast, which is part of Heartbeat International’s 40th Anniversary Conference, is free to attend, and participants may register at www.UniteForLifeWebcast.org. Donations and proceeds from the sale of Johnson’s documentary and book, unPLANNED, will benefit pro-life pregnancy care organizations across the U.S. and Canada.

For more information about the webcast event, visit http://uniteforlifewebcast.org/. To schedule an interview, please contact Carrie Kintz at Carrie.Kintz@fotf.org or 719-531-3312.

About Focus on the Family

Focus on the Family, which reaches about 238 million people in 130 countries, is a global Christian ministry that helps families thrive. We provide help and resources for strengthening believers in their faith and sharing the gospel; building resilient marriages that reflect God’s design; equipping parents to raise their children with a thriving faith; advocating for the preborn, orphaned and life at every stage; and engaging the culture through a biblical worldview. Visit Focus online at www.focusonthefamily.com/ and on Facebook at facebook.com/focusonthefamily . You can follow us on Twitter at twitter.com/focusfamily .

About Care Net

Care Net is a Christ-centered ministry whose mission is to promote a culture of life within our society in order to serve people facing unplanned pregnancies and related sexual issues. We are committed to reaching abortion-minded women, connecting them to the life-saving services and support provided by our local centers, and sharing the love of Jesus Christ.  Visit Care Net at www.care-net.org .

About Heartbeat International

Heartbeat International works to inspire and equip Christian communities worldwide to rescue women and couples from the agony and violence of abortion through the development and support of neighborhood pregnancy help centers, maternity homes, and adoption services.  Visit Heartbeat International online at www.HeartbeatInternational.org .

About National Institute of Family and Life Advocates

NIFLA provides life-affirming pregnancy resource centers and medical clinics with legal counsel, education, and training. We offer medical training for nurses in limited obstetric ultrasound in the pregnancy center setting, continuing nurses training in ultrasound online and our National Medical Advisory Board. The National Institute of Family and Life Advocates is online at www.NIFLA.org .

Two Canadian organizations will be the beneficiaries of all Canadian purchases and donations.

About Canadian Association of Pregnancy Support Services

CAPSS helps women and babies through encouraging and equipping pregnancy centers across Canada. Visit online at www.capss.com .

About Signal Hill

Signal Hill is an advocate for human rights that provides information on life issues, women’s health and family support. Visit online at www.TheSignalHill.com .

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