On the eve of this year’s March for Life in Washington, D.C., EWTN Global Catholic Network will launch a new half-hour weekly program focusing on promoting the culture of life. “EWTN Pro-Life Weekly,” a joint project of EWTN and the Susan B. Anthony List, will feature Catherine Szeltner, formerly a correspondent of EWTN News Nightly, as it host. “We want to help viewers become actively involved in the pro-life movement,” Szeltner said in a press release announcing the new show. “What are the expectations here? What’s realistic? What’s not? What is Congress debating now? How do we hold our lawmakers accountable for their pro-life promises?”
In addition to being “the authoritative resource for the latest pro-life news,” she said, the show will seek to provide answers to tough questions, segments on groups that are working to promote a culture of life, and call-to-action segments offering clear steps for how viewers can participate in the pro-life movement. The show will emphasize abortion and assisted suicide as major concerns, according to an EWTN press release. But Szeltner added that there will be a “holistic, Catholic approach,” tackling pro-life issues in all stages of life.
EWTN chairman and CEO Michael Warsaw said that while there are signs of hope in the world today, the culture “continues to chip away at the right to life from conception to natural death.” He explained that the new show will work to “inform, but also to show viewers how to engage everyone from their friends and neighbors to their elected representatives on the life issues.”
“EWTN Pro-Life Weekly” is being produced in partnership with the Susan B. Anthony List, a network dedicated to promoting pro-life policies and elected officials, as well as to education and research on life issues. “SBA List will bring our political insight, legislative analysis, as well as relationships with legislators and members of the media to help create a dynamic, must-watch program,” said the group’s president, Marjorie Dannenfelser. Beyond simply delivering news, she said, “(t)he show will collapse the distance between the White House, Congress, the press, and those at home who care deeply about saving unborn boys and girls, who want to know what more (they) can do.” Citing the pro-life stances of the incoming White House and Congress, Dannenfelser stressed the need for viewers to be motivated into action.
“EWTN Pro-Life Weekly” will debut Thursday, Jan. 26, at 5 p.m. ET with an encore on a Friday, Jan. 27, at 5:30 p.m. ET. The show will begin airing each week at 11 p.m. ET Fridays, 10 a.m. ET Sundays, and 3 a.m. ET Mondays starting March 3, 2017. The debut special will cover expectations for the incoming Trump administration, an interview with an abortion survivor, and ideas on how to be more involved in the pro-life movement.