by Steven Ertelt
January 23, 2008
Washington, DC (LifeNews.com) — Nellie Gray, the 84-year-old March for Life founder and organizer was injured at the pre-march rally before the start of the massive event. Gray was set to announce the winners of a student essay contest for posters, poems and articles on the pro-life movement when she tripped over an amplifier.
Christian leaders on the stage prayed for Gray as medical personnel came and carted her off to a waiting ambulance.
Witnesses at the event told LifeNews.com on Tuesday that Gray was knocked unconscious by the fall; but Catholic Bishop David Zubik of Pittsburgh, who was standing nearby, said he did not believe so.
Speakers at the rest of the rally encouraged march attendees throughout the rest of the program to pray for Gray.
This is an extremely important time — the 35th year of the genocide of the pre-born from Roe v. Wade in America, Gray said before her fall. We have a genocide because, after 35 years, its estimated that 48 million pre-born children have been killed their mothers and fathers abused and hurt through this killing.
So we’re coming together at the nations capital once more to petition Congress to enact legislation to stop the genocide here, Gray added.
Gray is an attorney and has been the leading figure in organizing the March since its inception in 1974.