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Nellie Gray, a pro-life leader who founded the March for Life in 1974, has died at age 86. She was found dead in her home Aug. 13 in Washington's Capitol Hill neighborhood. She is pictured speaking at the March for Life rally in 2009.
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Nellie Gray, a pro-life leader who founded the March for Life in 1974, has died at age 86. She was found dead in her home Aug. 13 in Washington's Capitol Hill neighborhood. She is pictured speaking at the March for Life rally in 2009.
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The woman who started the annual March for Life parade to protest the 1973 Supreme Court decision legalizing abortion nationwide has died at age 86.

Nellie Gray was found dead in her home in Washington’s Capitol Hill neighborhood by a March for Life staffer.

The March for Life has grown into one of the signature events of the pro-life movement. After the first march in 1974, Gray, a Texas native, established the March for Life Education & Defense Fund to sustain it.

Each year in her remarks, Gray exhorted pro-lifers to promote and adhere to a series of “life principles” that would eliminate abortion and enhance life, to which she said there should be “no exception! No compromise!”





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