The Pro-Life Union uses hope and love for families to serve and accompany others by offering education, alternatives, and public witness that eliminates the need for abortion and euthanasia in Greater Philadelphia.


We envision a Greater Philadelphia with no abortion or euthanasia.








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.

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.

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

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.

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.

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



John Stanton was our founder and the first chairman of the Pro-Life Coalition, which is today the Pro-Life Union of Greater Philadelphia, the city's largest pro-life group. 



The Pro-Life Union is building a culture of life

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 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.

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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.


In an effort to be as transparent as possible about our impact, we strive to maintain our GuideStar profile documenting our work and efficiency.



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



Tom Stevens, President & CEO of the Pro-Life Union of Greater Philadelphia, shares life-affirming experiences.