John P. Stanton, 86, died on January 31, 2014. He was the guardian angel for the unborn and mothers with unplanned pregnancies in the Delaware Valley for almost 45 years, including those who faced the horrors of Kermit Gosnell’s ‘Women’s Center’.
Even before Roe v. Wade, the 1973 Supreme Court decision legalizing abortion in the United States, Stanton was active in the pro-life movement and remained so until the very end, standing in support of the unborn at two abortion clinics during the last week of his life.
His tireless witness before abortion clinics was not without sacrifice, especially in the early years when such witness was more militant and in turn was harshly suppressed by civil authorities. He endured arrests, lawsuits and even three months incarceration in the 1990’s.
His organizational skills were put to good use by the movement. He founded the Pro-Life Coalition of Southeastern Pennsylvania and the state-wide Pro-Life Federation. He was co-founder of the Pro-Life Educational Foundation and treasurer for the Pennsylvania branch of National Right to Life, as well as numerous other pro-life groups.
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