Washington, DC (LifeNews.com) -- With the mainstream media frequently ignoring or twisting the coverage of pro-life advocates and Hollywood awards ceremonies featuring a who's who of pro-abortion celebrities, the Gerard Health Foundation decided to create its own awards ceremony to honor pro-life heroes working against abortion.
Last year, some of the top pro-life activists around the nation were honored for their life-saving principles and practices at an invitation-only ceremony in January.
The inaugural awards and ceremony in 2009 were unprecedented in size and magnificence with more than 1,200 VIPs, students and pro-life activists gathered to honor the winners. Laura Ingraham, a pro-life media luminary joined Christian rock band BarlowGirl to present the awards.
The foundation will bestow those Life Prizes again in Nobel Prize-like fashion to those pro-life groups and individuals who distinguish themselves "based upon their success in saving human lives through efforts including public advocacy, scientific research, outreach programs, public disclosure activities, legal action, and other worthy achievements."
Raymond B. Ruddy, a philanthropist who is the founder of the Gerard Health Foundation, talked more about the rationale behind Life Prizes.
"Our Foundation has a profoundly simple mission: to save lives," he said.
"Life Prizes works to honor those who have best accomplished this noble goal and to inspire the next generation to break the mold in their life-saving work," Ruddy added. "As last year's winners will tell you, ordinary people can achieve extraordinary goals. We look forward to celebrating six new heroes and thanking them for their ingenuity, dedication, sacrifices and leadership." Read more