Newman Presents Malachi Award to Rep. Marsha Blackburn Made in Nation’s Capital

By Cheryl Sullenger

Washington, DC – A presentation of Operation Rescue’s Malachi Pro-Life Person of the Year Award was made on January 24, 2017, to Rep. Marsha Blackburn at her office in Washington, D.C. Troy Newman, President of Operation Rescue made the presentation.

Joining the ceremony were a number of pro-life leaders, including Rev. Patrick Mahoney, Director of the Christian Defense Coalition; Fr. Frank Pavone, Director of Priests for Life; Mark Harrington, Director of Created Equal; Fr. Terry Gensemer, Director of CEC for Life, and others.

Blackburn was selected to receive the award in recognition of her work as Chairman of the House Select Investigative Panel on Infant Lives, which conducted a year-long investigation into allegations that Planned Parenthood and others participated in the illegal sale of aborted baby remains. Under her leadership, 15 criminal and regulatory referrals were made by Blackburn’s committee, seeking prosecutions of several Planned Parenthood organizations, organ procurement companies, and other abortion providers.

The Malachi Award is given by Operation Rescue every year to recognize individuals who sacrificially work to advance the cause of protecting the pre-born.

Operation Rescue’s 2015 Pro-Life Person of the Year Recipient: Jeanneane Maxon

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Washington, DC – Operation Rescue is pleased to announce that the recipient of the 2015 Pro-life Person of the Year Malachi Award is Jeanneane Maxon, former Vice President of External Affairs and Corporate Counsel at Americans United for Life.

Maxon’s instrumental and sacrificial team-building work with AUL contributed to a flood of new pro-life legislation that has led to a dramatic number abortion clinic closures and a reduction in abortions in America to historic new lows.

The Malachi Award is given by Operation Rescue every year to recognize individuals who sacrificially work to advance the cause of protecting the pre-born.

“Jeanneane’s quiet but brilliant work with AUL has had a major impact on the Abortion Cartel,” said Troy Newman, President of Operation Rescue. “Over her ten years of full-time pro-life commitment, she has time and again put her personal aspirations on hold so she could devote her life to protecting pre-born babies through the legal system. I am privileged to call Jeanneane my friend, and pleased to honor her with the Malachi Award for her achievements.”

Maxon resigned from her position at AUL in December and planned to move from Washington, D.C. to Texas to be closer to family and start her own consulting firm. However, on the day of her move, Maxon was rushed an emergency room and diagnosed with malignant brain cancer. Just before Christmas, Maxon underwent successful surgery to remove a brain tumor the size of a lime.

“Life doesn’t always go as planned, and it is how we deal with challenges that show our true character. Jeanneane’s strong Christian faith, trust in the power of prayer, and fighting spirit are shining examples to all of us,” said Newman.

Because Maxon has sacrificed so much for the cause of life, Operation Rescue wants to encourage pro-life supporters to stand with her in this time of need by making a generous donation to Jeanneane’s Give Forward Fund to help with medical expenses and the unexpected expenditures incurred by her family as they care for her during what is expected to be a long recovery process.

Previous Malachi Award recipients include Bud and Tara Shaver of Protest ABQ, who spearheaded a unique municipal ballot initiative to ban abortions after 20 weeks in the city of Albuquerque, New Mexico. Others are Kortney Bythe Gordon, of Students for Life in America who was killed in a tragic car accident in 2011; Eileen Smith, who crusades against abortion after her daughter was killed by abortionist Rapin Osathanondh; Jim Pouillon, a pro-life activist who was gunned down during a peaceful protest in 2009; Lila Rose of Live Action Films for her documentation of Planned Parenthood abuses; Dr. Johnny Hunter of LEARN, who is exposing the devastating effects of abortion on the African-American community; Leslee Unruh, who spearheaded efforts to ban abortion in South Dakota; and Phill Kline, the former Kansas prosecutor whose abortion investigations led to the only criminal case ever filed against Planned Parenthood.

Bud and Tara Shaver Named Operation Rescue’s 2013 Pro-Life Persons of the Year

Albuquerque, NM – Pro-life missionaries Bud and Tara Shaver, of Project Defending Life in Albuquerque, New Mexico, have been named as recipients of the 2013 Pro-life Person of the Year Malachi Award in recognition of their outstanding work in bringing the matter of late-term abortions into the national spotlight.

After an internship with Operation Rescue, the Shavers moved to Albuquerque in 2010 to expose late-term abortions at Southwestern Women’s Options, one of the few abortion clinics in the nation that openly conduct abortions throughout the full nine months of pregnancy.

Tara’s ground-breaking research documented evidence of numerous life-threatening abortion emergencies and other abuses at that late-term abortion facility. She also uncovered that state taxpayers are forced to foot the bill for late-term procedures at the cost of thousands of dollars each.

Information gathered by the Shavers became the basis of a citizen’s petition to amend the City of Albuquerque’s charter to ban abortions after 20 weeks gestation, when babies are known to feel pain. That initiative was the first-ever attempt to ban an abortion procedure at the municipal level. Tara and Bud Shaver spearheaded a grass roots signature drive that garnered a record 27,000 in just 20 days to place the late-term abortion ban on the ballot, then established a Political Action Committee that campaigned in favor of it.

While the Albuquerque Pain Capable Unborn Child Protection Ordinance failed to pass during a November 19 city-wide vote, the Shavers, who served as national media spokespersons for the effort, contributed significantly to an increased awareness of late-term abortions in New Mexico an across the nation.

The Malachi Award is given by Operation Rescue every year to recognize individuals who sacrificially work to advance the cause of protecting the pre-born.

Previous recipients include Kortney Bythe Gordon, of Students for Life in America who was killed in a tragic car accident in 2011; Eileen Smith, who crusades against abortion after her daughter was killed by abortionist Rapin Osathanondh; Jim Pouillon, a pro-life activist who was gunned down during a peaceful protest in 2009; Lila Rose of Live Action Films for her documentation of Planned Parenthood abuses; Dr. Johnny Hunter of LEARN, who is exposing the devastating effects of abortion on the African-American community; Leslee Unruh, who spearheaded efforts to ban abortion in South Dakota; and Phill Kline, the former Kansas prosecutor whose abortion investigations led to the only criminal case ever filed against Planned Parenthood.

Crusading Mom Eileen Smith Named Operation Rescue’s 2010 Person of the Year

Boston, MA — Operation Rescue is pleased to announce that pro-life advocate and speaker Eileen Smith has been chosen to receive the 2010 Pro-life Person of the Year Malachi Award.

Mrs. Smith was thrust into the pro-life movement when her daughter, Laura Hope Smith, died during an abortion in Hyannis, Massachusetts, by Rapin Osathanondh on September 13, 2007. She immediately began reaching out for assistance to pro-life organizations, including Operation Rescue, as she began her relentless pursuit for justice on behalf of her daughter.

As a result of her actions, Osathanondh was forced to permanently surrender his medical license and vow never to reapply in any state for the rest of his life. His two offices, where he conducted his abortion business, were permanently closed.

On September 13, 2010, exactly three years after Osathanondh took Laura’s life, he was convicted of involuntary manslaughter and taken directly to jail in shackles. That same day, Osathanondh settled a civil suit brought by Eileen Smith for $2 million.

In addition, Mrs. Smith has become a noted pro-life speaker who has dedicated her life to ending abortion. “Every time I speak, I believe I put another nail in the coffin of the abortion industry,” she said.

“Every step of the way, Eileen was under pressure to drop her efforts to bring Osathanondh to justice and simply walk away. It took an amazing amount of faith for her to persevere and demand that the authorities do their jobs. Her determination amid overwhelming grief is an inspiration to us all,” said Operation Rescue President Troy Newman. “We are proud to award her with the 2010 Pro-life Person of the Year Malachi Award.”

Each year Operation Rescue presents the Malachi Award to pro-life activists who are impacting the nation for the cause of life. The award is named after an aborted baby that was discovered in an abortion clinic dumpster, whose image has been used nationally to bring attention to the desperate plight of the pre-born.

Previous recipients include Jim Pouillon, who was gunned down during a peaceful protest in 2009, Lila Rose of Live Action Films for her documentation of Planned Parenthood abuses, Dr. Johnny Hunter of LEARN, who is exposing the devastating effects of abortion on the African-American community, Leslee Unruh, who spearheaded efforts to ban abortion in South Dakota, and Phill Kline, the former Kansas prosecutor whose abortion investigations led to 107 criminal charges against Planned Parenthood.