Pro-Life Coach Tony Dungy, Who Adopted 8 Children, Will Headline 2023 March for Life

National   |   Steven Ertelt, Micaiah Bilger   |   Oct 13, 2022   |   1:32PM   |   Washington, DC

Former NFL Coach Tony Dungy will headline next year’s March for Life.

The pro-life group announced the theme for the landmark 50th March for Life – “Next Steps: Marching into a Post-Roe America.” 

The theme for the first post-Roe March for Life highlights three primary paths for the pro-life movement: continuing to march each year in Washington DC and lobby federal legislators to advance pro-life policies; urging state legislators to pass life-saving protections for the unborn; and supporting pregnancy resource centers and maternity homes in our communities. 

“For half a century, our dedicated marchers have traveled from all over the country to peacefully march in Washington, DC for the protection of the unborn, and their efforts have paid off,” said Jeanne Mancini. “This year’s historic march will not only be a celebration of the monumental Supreme Court victory that overturned Roe v. Wade, but will also mark the start of a new leg on our journey towards building a culture of life.”

“We must encourage our federal and state legislators to protect life, and we must be eager to protect, serve, and walk with families in our communities through the support of local pregnancy centers and maternity homes. We are so grateful to all our marchers and are ready to continue to advance the cause of life in America.” 

Dungy was inducted into the Pro-Football Hall of Fame and is a New York Times best-selling author who continues to be involved in numerous charitable organizations. He’s a respected football analyst on television and is an adoptive father.

He said on Twitter that speaking at the pro-life vent was “Just doing what the Lord asked us to do.”

Recently, the former Indianapolis Colts coach said has been a “blessing” for he and his wife Lauren.

In an interview with Air 1 Radio, the Dungys shared how they strive to say “yes” to God while managing a household with 11 children, including three foster children and eight who were adopted, CBN News reports.

“We believe that we’re being obedient to God’s calling on our lives,” Lauren Dungy said. “… We both love children and are passionate about mentoring, supporting, and encouraging children and actually people of all ages.”

The Dungys are strong pro-life Christians who believe in caring for the most vulnerable children in society, born and unborn. More than 30 years ago, after hearing about a great need for foster parents in church, the couple said “yes” to the calling, according to the report.

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Looking back, Lauren said all the children who they have helped to raise through foster care and adoption have been a “blessing.” and “a rewarding experience.”

“Saying yes means being obedient to God’s calling,” Lauren said. But “it often involves sacrifices but that’s what we do and Tony and I have done this our entire lives … saying yes. It may be uncomfortable or we may have questions as we obediently answer to God but He doesn’t take us down a path for nothing.”

One of the ways they manage their chaotic lives is by taking time every morning to pray and setting aside at least half an hour for just the two of them, the Dungys said.

To people who are not sure what God is calling them to do, Tony encouraged them to pray and listen.

“One thing Lauren and I talk about amongst ourselves is, is it something that is glorying God?” he said. “Is it something that we’re passionate about? And if both of those are yes, then there’s a good chance we are hearing from the Lord.”

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Tony continued: “We just think that Christianity – people can say it’s weird. People can say it’s different. But Jesus said, ‘We go down a narrow road,’ and the path is not the broad path that the whole world is on. So, we choose to look at that as not weird or different but uncommon. And then with influence, we wanted to let people know that they can have an influence in their world in a lot of different ways.”

The former NFL coach has not been shy about sharing the truth about abortion and his Christian faith. In May on Twitter, Dungy gave U.S. Sen. Raphael Warnock, D-Georgia, a biblical lesson about the sanctity of human life after the senator described himself as a “pro-choice pastor.”

“It all comes down to what you believe about the organism growing inside the mother. Is it a life or not? If it is just growing tissue then your ‘choice’ makes sense. If it’s a life then it’s obviously not OK to choose to end it. What does your Bible tell you it is? Psalm 139:16,” Dungy responded.

Psalm 139:16 states, “Your eyes saw my unformed substance; in your book were written, every one of them, the days that were formed for me, when as yet there was none of them.”