Dr. Robert J. O’Hara, Jr., Executive Director of the Pennsylvania Catholic Conference, was honored with the Defender of Life Award by the Pro-Life Union of Greater Philadelphia at their annual Stand Up for Life Dinner.
Edel Finnegan, Executive Director of the Pro-Life Union of Greater Philadelphia said, “We are grateful for Bob’s leadership at the Pennsylvania Catholic Conference and his commitment to defending the sanctity of every life. The people of Pennsylvania are blessed to have Bob at the helm of the PCC. We are grateful for his friendship to our organization and it is a privilege to share in this work with him!”
The award is given to a public figure who stands courageously in defense of life.
“I am honored to work with partners in the pro-life cause who will not stop until every unborn child is afforded the right to life. The public policy gains we’ve made are a result of constant collaboration, most closely with Francis Viglietta, the Pennsylvanian Catholic Conference’s Director of Social Concerns, as well as the Pro-Life Union of Greater Philadelphia, the Pennsylvania Family Institute, the Pennsylvania Pro-Life Federation and countless individuals across the state,” said O’Hara.
The Pro-Life Union has hosted the annual Stand Up For Life Dinner since 1982. The event brings together more than 1,500 people to celebrate the Culture of Life, including more than 500 students from area schools. Damon Owens, Executive Director of the Theology the Body Institute, was the evening’s keynote speaker.
O’Hara said, “It is a paradox of our work that while I enjoy this collaboration, I hope and pray that one day it is no longer needed.”