Anglicans for Life

Vision:
Inspire every believer in every church to do one thing every day to protect life and prevent abortion and euthanasia.

Mission Statement:
We work to eradicate abortion and euthanasia through ministry, education, pastoral care, and advocacy.

AFL Positions

Abortion

Anglicans for Life believes that human beings are created in the image of God and that life begins at conception. Therefore, Anglicans for Life rejects abortion.

Contraception

Anglicans for Life does not have an official position on the issue of contraception. We encourage women and couples to prayerfully research and employ healthy and safe family planning methods.

Euthanasia

Because God alone numbers our days, AFL believes it’s always wrong to hasten death via euthanasia or assisted suicide. Death should happen naturally & be neither artificially prolonged nor ended.

Stem-Cells

Anglicans for Life is in favor of research using non-embryonic stem cells because, while it is important to advance medical science, embryonic stem cell research kills living embryos.

Partial-Birth Abortion

Anglicans for Life strongly opposes partial birth abortion, as it not only ends a helpless life, but does so in a particularly cruel, disgusting, and violent way.

Post-Abortion Care

Healing and forgiveness comes through Jesus Christ for all sins, including abortion. People suffering from physical, emotional, and spiritual trauma after abortion can experience God’s grace in their lives.

Death Penalty

AFL does not have an official position on the issue of the Capital Punishment. We mourn with families who have suffered and turn to God to redeem the souls of those waiting punishment.

Adoption

As children of God, we come into God’s family through adoption. Therefore, as God’s adopted children, AFL supports and affirms adopted children, adoptive parents, and birth parents.

Stand With Us

  • Archbishop Foley Beach
  • Archbishop Ray Sutton
  • Bishop John Guernsey

Our History

A fl's ministry to help the Church uphold the sacredness of life began informally in 1966 and was officially incorporated in 1983, as the National Organization of Episcopalians for Life Research and Education Foundation (NOEL) with Church Chapters formed nationwide.

In 2003, in partnership with Priests for Life, NOEL launched the Silent No More Awareness Campaign, an international Campaign to educate the public that abortion physically, emotionally, and spiritually hurts women, men, and others who are involved.

In 2005, the NOEL Board of Directors adopted a Declaration of Life Statement, which later served as the basis for the ACNA s Title II, Canon 8, Section 3 Statement on the sanctity of life. In 2006, the ministry’s name was changed to Anglicans for Life as our outreach expanded to the worldwide Anglican Communion.

Anglicans for Life is headquartered in Sewickley, PA and has earned the GuideStar Exchange Seal, demonstrating its commitment to financial transparency. Anglicans for Life has also been designated an eligible charity for the Combined Federal Campaign (Agency #22932) for government employees.

Anglicans for Life is also a member of the Anglican Global Mission Partners (AGMP), which seeks connect service-focused Anglicans with national and international mission opportunities. Check out AGMP’s Mission Match to find service opportunities that match your passions and talents.

Our Staff

Georgette Forney

President, AFL

Georgette Forney is in her 23rd year as President of Anglicans for Life, the only global Anglican ministry dedicated to ending abortion and euthanasia through ministry, education, pastoral care, and advocacy in partnership with the Anglican Communion.

Georgette lives in Sewickley, Pennsylvania, with her husband of over 30 years. Their daughter Rebekah designs accessories in Brooklyn, NY. Georgette was ordained June 29, 2014 as a Permanent Vocational Deacon in the Jurisdiction of the Armed Forces and Chaplaincy of the Anglican Church in North America.

She is also the co-founder of the Silent No More Awareness Campaign, an effort to raise awareness about the physical, spiritual, and emotional harm abortion does to women and to let those who are hurting from abortion know help is available. Georgette had an abortion at age sixteen and later experienced healing, forgiveness, and reconciliation after going through an abortion recovery program. Through that she developed a greater understanding of the negative impact abortion has on women and the need to highlight the issue as an abortion survivor.

Deacon Georgette also authored Embrace the Journey, an 8-week adult-education program DVD series on aging and dying. Embrace the Journey addresses the difficult issues that elderly, terminally ill and disabled people face, recognizing that as patients or family members, being prepared to address their special needs is helpful and critical in today’s culture.

She has spoken at many CPC banquets, pro-life conferences, conventions, churches, rallies, and university and college campuses. In addition, she has addressed the Pro-Life Caucus of the U.S. House of Representatives concerning abortion and women and gave testimony at the Senate Commerce sub-committee on Science, Technology and Space Hearing, regarding the impact of abortion on women’s health. Georgette has spoken at the SPUC Annual Conference in England, Princeton University’s Organization of Women Leaders Conference and in Australia and New Zealand. She has done numerous print, radio, and television interviews for local, syndicated, and national shows, papers, and magazines.

In her spare time, Georgette loves her Hip Hop dance classes and can be found bicycling to work when weather permits!

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Lori Schneider

Executive Assistant

Lori comes to AFL with experience in customer care and a heart for intercessory prayer. Have one conversation with Lori, and you’ll know it’s true! Outside of the office, Lori enjoys working out and spending time with her husband and two 20-something sons.

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Anna Brychik

Office Administrator/Bookkeeper

Anna has a family tradition of working for Anglicans for Life! Her dad was the ministry’s bookkeeper 15 years ago. When Anna is not following in her father’s footsteps, she is enjoying her two small children, along with serving her local church and diocese. She also loves a good Pittsburgh Pens hockey game!

Jenni Bartling

Marketing Director

Jenni joined the AFL staff inJuly 2020. She has been in ministry all of her adult life, primarily using her communication, administration, and ministry coaching skills. Jenni and her husband, Stephan, live in Sewickley, but love to get out of town–whether it’s riding bikes near Lake Erie, traveling abroad, or doing so vicariously at the movie theater.

Sammie Gallo

Coordinator of Ministry Outreach

Sammie joined the team after graduating from Robert Morris University in 2017 with a background in biology and psychology. She began working for AFL during her time completing the Pittsburgh Fellows Program, a young professional development program that is based on creating Christ-centered, servant leadership in recent college-graduates. In addition to her work in our ministry, she spends time going into public schools with the Women’s Choice Network, speaking to high schoolers about healthy relationships and sex education. Outside of work, she is involved in leading student ministry at her church, enjoys running, and is passionate about serving in nonprofit organizations around the city that empower young children and teenagers to be who they were created to be through Jesus Christ.  Sammie married husband Juan Gallo in May 2019.


Board of Directors

Mr. Greg Plizga

Chair

Tom Hay

Treasurer

Very Rev. Robert Munday

Rev. W. Ross Blackburn, PhD

Rt. Rev. Derek Jones

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