The Pro-Life Union of Greater Philadelphia affirms the sanctity of life through leadership, service to those making the choice for life, and witness to a culture of love.

Our Belief Statements

Our beliefs, expressed through the work of our member organizations, are incarnated in a variety of ways: in the context of the family and through service to those who are in need of help as they make the choice for life; through sharing by way of education and outreach; and through Culture of Life attitudes toward public policy at the local, state and federal level.

  1. We believe that through the grace of Almighty God and through our good stewardship our culture will be transformed and so we serve in a spirit of hope.

  2. We believe in the sanctity of all human life, from the moment of conception until the moment of natural death.

  3. We believe that there is a need for prophetic voices within the institutions of our area and in the community at large, voices that speak the truth with love on behalf of marriage, family, and the rights of children.

  4. We believe that it is essential for those who take up the work of the pro-life movement to remain united in our vision and strategy so that our mission is realized in every generation and that we treat all people with honor and respect.

  5. We believe that building strategic relationships with leaders in government, religious institutions, community organizations and the business community is essential to our mission.

Your support of the Pro-Life Union enables us to support initiatives and member organizations active across our areas of activity in alternatives, education and outreach, and public policy.


The Pro-life Union assists those in need as they make the choice for life. Our maternity home, Guiding Star Ministries offers housing, referrals and support to pregnant women and their children. Guiding Star is a tangible expression of our commitment to life. We also answer a local pregnancy hotline meeting the needs of our callers with emotional help, guidance and referrals to pregnancy centers and medical resources. We encounter mothers who are considering abortion, through our pregnancy hotline and also while sidewalk counseling at abortion facilities. We offer emotional, material and spiritual support to women and families. 

Education & Outreach

The Pro Life Union is committed to educating the community about the sanctity of life through brochures, materials and monthly newsletter. We host Sidewalk Counseling Training to equip people with information to share in encounters with women considering abortion. We maintain, organize and publish a listing of the area’s alternatives to abortion network. We coordinate outreach activities at area abortion facilities and work with the local 40 Days for Life Campaigns. We sponsor public events to raise awareness about abortion and human dignity. Our Memorial Cross Program continues to reach the community as a reminder of the reality of abortion. The Pro-Life Union is honored to host the annual Stand Up for Life Dinner which is the largest pro-life event in our area.

Public Affairs

We believe that building strategic relationships with leaders in government, religious institutions, community organizations and the business community is essential to building a Culture of Life. We advocate for the unborn and their mothers on a local and statewide level. Our efforts have centered on encouraging public officials to enforce legislation so that women and children are protected from the abortion industry. We are fortunate to partner with local pro-life groups.



The Pro-Life Union was founded in 1971, when pro-life pioneers, under the leadership of Pennsylvania Representative Marty Mullen, began to mobilize the people of Southeastern PA to stand for Life. Mullen introduced H.B. 800 in April 1971 to keep Pennsylvania pro-life and local citizens formed the Pro-Life Coalition to support H.B. 800. John Stanton was our founder and the first chairman of the Pro-Life Coalition, which is today the Pro-Life Union of Greater Philadelphia. Today, the Pro-Life Union serves as Philadelphia’s largest pro-life group.

Our organization served as the five-county area affiliate of the National Right to Life Committee. Events were organized and we led activity throughout the area. During the seventies and eighties, the Pro-Life Union began work on a Four critical areas of the Pro-Life movement – outreach, education, public policy and supporting alternative services. Prayer is the foundation of all of the activity.

The Pro-Life Union founders helped to build a network of support services for women facing crisis pregnancies and created the first Alternatives Brochure in 1985. A pregnancy Hotline was created and tangible help and material support was offered as an alternative to abortion. The Pro-Life Union continues to answer this Hotline today.

We continue to encounter abortion-minded women during prayer vigils outside of abortion facilities and through our Hotline service. We are grateful for the opportunity to share the truth about the humanity of the unborn child and the damaging effect of abortion with these mothers. Hearts are changed and lives are saved every day.

The Pro-Life Union is building a Culture of Life. We are honored to partner with so many groups throughout the area so we can together transform Greater Philadelphia into an area where every life is respected and protected. This work is done only with God’s grace and your help and support. Thank you for your support of the Pro-Life Union.



The Pro-Life Union of Greater Philadelphia values transparency and is pleased to begin sharing its work in greater detail. At this time you can view the Pro-Life Union’s Guidestar profile containing our annual IRS 990 reports, as well as access our governance documents.

Statement Regarding Political Activity

Pro-Life Union Governance Documents

Annual 990 Filings


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