KVUE – Austin

June 24th, 2022

Heather Gardner, executive director of the Central Texas Coalition for Life, shares her group’s reaction to the SCOTUS decision on Dobbs vs Jackson Women’s Health, what resources are available to families in the community and how people can help. 


His Beloved of Texas

May 20th, 2022
by:  Copeland & Kendra Bartlett 

Megan & Kendra interview Heather Gardner who was part of the original Coalition for Life and 40 Days for Life group that prayed outside Abby Johnson’s workplace.  She was there the day Abby left Planned Parenthood and went to the Coalition for Life office.  We also talk about how to have hard conversations with friends and family about abortion. We discuss some of the common misconceptions and how we can talk about them with love and charity.   (listen here…):


Fides Podcast

May 9th, 2022
by Jerry Cirino
Jerry Cirino interviews Heather Gardner: “Heather Gardner and the Coalition for Life of Central Texas is fighting for life.  Please join me as I speak to Heather about the mission of the Coalition and how they are working to end the greatest evil of our time.  I for one believe in Heather, the Coalition, and Texas.”


Texas Values Report 

March 4th, 2022
by Texas Values and The Bridge 1120AM
Jonathan Saenz, President of Texas Values, interviews Heather Gardner about praying in front of abortion facilities and how the Heartbeat Act has affected abortions in Texas.


His Beloved of Texas

 Sept 23rd, 2021
by:  Copeland & Kendra Bartlett 

Megan & Kendra interview Katrina Rodriguez, North Site Coordinator for the Central Texas Coalition for Life, about her careers and current role.  “We talk about how we can help women during this time and how our lives have been effected by praying on the frontlines of this spiritual battle.”   (listen here…):


KXAN – Austin

 Aug 25th, 2021

For Heather Gardner, executive director of the Central Texas Coalition for Life, Sept. 1 marks a step forward for pro-life advocacy work within Texas.

Currently, people in Texas have 20 weeks into a pregnancy to decide whether or not to undergo an abortion. Come Sept. 1, new legislation will ban abortions after an ultrasound is able to detect the fetus’ heartbeat, which can occur as early as six weeks into a pregnancy.  (continue reading…):


Armor of God – Hometown Heroes


May 30th, 2021
by Armor of God Catholic Radio 106.9FM
Tom McNew, founder of AOG, interviews Heather Gardner about praying in front of abortion facilities, what led her into pro-life service, and her cameo appearance in/some behind-the-scenes info of the major motion picture Unplanned.


Hometown Heroes

by Armor of God

Radio Encuentro Austin


January 10th, 2020
by Marivel Vera
Marivel Vera interviews Heather Gardner, Juana Samudio, and Bertha Arellano about praying on the sidewalk in front of abortions facilities; they also discuss the showing of Unplanned movie in English and for the first time in Spanish at St. Albert the Great Catholic parish Sunday Jan 12th with special guest Abby Johnson for Q&A.

 View the Facebook Live video of the interview:

We are so grateful to @radioencuentro1530 for having our director and two volunteers on their program this afternoon to…

Posted by Central Texas Coalition for Life on Friday, January 10, 2020

The Stream, posted on The Federalist


December 18th, 2018
by Josh Shepherd
Josh Shepherd of The Stream interviews Abby Johnson about her response to abortion industry’s attacks on pregnancy centers, her former work place, and her new movie Unplanned (set to be released spring 2019). He also speaks with Heather Gardner about what it was like to pray outside Abby Johnson’s former Planned Parenthood and then witness her come over to the Coalition for Life office and break down about wanting to flee the abortion industry.

Texas Values Report 

October 20th, 2017
by The Bridge 1120AM
Jonathan Saenz, President of Texas Values, interviews Heather Gardner about praying in front of abortion facilities.

The Bridge KTXW 1120AM 

June 26th, 2017
by The Bridge
Thomas Umstattd and Dave interview Heather Gardner about abortion and pro life choices.

Mistakes Outloud Podcast – women’s march, graphic images discussion with Abby Johnson and Heather Gardner 

April 24th, 2017
by Abby Johnson
What happened at the women’s march in January?  What place do graphic signs of aborted babies have in the pro-life movement?  That and more as Executive Director Heather Gardner guests on Abby Johnson’s podcast.

Fox 7 News: Molitov Cocktail Thrown at Pro-life Group
March 24th, 2015

During the spring 2015 40 Days for Life campaign, CTCL prayer volunteers experienced having several items hurled at them including unopened beer bottles, slurpy cups and eggs.  Unfortunately one pro-abortion supporter, who had been one of the people throwing items previously, took it a little too far.  She attempted to make a homemade explosive device (molitov cocktail), lit it on fire and threw it at 3 women one quiet evening.  Fortunately no one was injured and one brave volunteer stamped out the flames before it got worse.  A record number of prayer volunteers flocked to the vigil site the next day to show their support and to send a message to the community that CTCL is peaceful, law-abiding, and not willing to bow down to intimidation tactics.
The Blaze: A car drove by slowly…

KXAN: Son Focused on getting help for mother after incident.


Two Guys and a Girl Catholic Podcast of Catholic New Media: 40 Days for Life

April 20, 2012 

Part of an online Catholic media resource targeting mainly young adults, interviewed Coalition for Life Executive Director Heather Gardner about the report on the latest 40 Days for Life campaign as well as the up-to-date report since the campaign’s inception in Austin in 2009.
Check out “Two Guys and a Girl Catholic Podcast: Episode 50” to catch all the highlights of the spring 2012 40 Days for Life campaign (national and local).  You can skip to 40:19 to listen to the brief section on central Texas’ 40 Days for Life.


BNR: Heart of Texas – Prayer Against Abortion
 April 2, 2012

by Reinout van Wagtendonk

A reporter from a Dutch based radio program noticed people standing outside the Anderson Mill abortion facility and wanted to know what was going on. “If Heather Gardner and other members of the Coalition for Life were not praying everyday at an anonymous low-rise on the busy Anderson Mill Road you had no idea that there is an abortion clinic.”  More… 

Aggie Catholic Blog

 April 11th, 2011

by Marcel LeJeune

“One thing we know how to do here in College Station, TX is train pro-lifers. The Coalition for Life is now a model for community organizations in the pro-life movement. 40 Days For Life started here. We have Aggies throughout the nation leading pro-life movements. With this kind of success and history, when one of our Former Students, Heather Gardner, recently…” (continue reading here) 

Austin American-Statesman: A Different Kind of Pro-Life Activist

October 16, 2009
by Joshunda Sanders
Of Sacred and Secular Blog… The sidewalk across from the Austin Women’s Health Center has been bustling with activity for three weeks as quiet pro-life activists have set up shop there. Couples, young and old, stop to pray silently, sometimes holding bibles, or letting a sign that reads “Please Pray This is an Abortion Clinic” lean against one of their legs. More…

Austin American-Statesman: As health care reform abortion discussion continues, a 40-day prayer vigil
October 15, 2009
by Joshunda Sanders
Of Sacred and Secular Blog… I just talked to an Austin pro-life activist with 40 Days For Life, an interfaith group of pro-lifers who have been praying outside of two local clinics for 12 hours each day since Sept. 23. I hope to interview some of the volunteers who have been praying outside of the clinics and will continue to do so until Nov. 1. “Our goal is peacefully and prayerfully end abortion, one woman at a time.” Volunteers stand outside the clinics with rosaries or signs that say, “Honk if You’re Pro-Life.” They are among over 200 groups around the country who are participating in this fall’s vigil and fast. More…

Texas Insider: 40 Days for Life Continues Pro-Life Prayer Vigil

October 12, 2009
by Texas Insider
40 Days for Life, a ground-breaking grassroots movement devoted to peaceful promotion of a pro-life message, has reached the halfway point in its fall campaign, and with 20 days left, continues to save lives and change hearts. “The response we’ve gotten so far has been phenomenal.”  More…

Austin Church Activism Examiner: ’40 Days for Life’ protests Austin abortion clinics (video)

September 30, 2009
by Jacob Harrison
Hundreds of Austin locals have volunteered to participate in the local branch of the national 40 Days for Life fall campaign. Nationally, 24-hour prayer vigils are being held outside abortion clinics around the country. Austin volunteers set up outside two local abortion clinics last week, and will maintain a presence there until November 1.More…

Texas Republic News: Peaceful Prayer Vigil to End Abortion

September 29, 2009
by James Aalan Bernsen
Tuesday night, on a busy stretch of road in North Austin, over 100 pro-life activists gathered literally on the front lines of the fight against abortion – outside an abortion clinic that looked more like a military compound than a health care center. Yet if anyone expects anger, rage or condemnation from these advocates, you can forget about it.

Fox 7 Austin: Pro-Life Vigil at Austin Health Clinics (Video)
September 23, 2009
by Rudy Koski
Austin, TX ( – A pro-life vigil is underway at two Austin health clinics for women. Organizers with the “40-days of life” event say about 300 people have signed up to take part in the vigil. Between now and November 1, volunteers will stand in front of a clinic along I-35 south and at another clinic on Anderson Mill Road.

KVUE-TV Austin: Pro Life group target Austin facilities
September 22, 2009
by KVUE Staff
A forty day anti-abortion vigil is underway at two Austin facilities that provide abortions. Dozens gathered Tuesday night at International Health Care Solutions on Anderson Mill road. More…40 Days for Life Blog: It begins in two weeks.

September 8, 2009
by 40 Days for Life Blog
As word spreads about 40 Days for Life, more people are learning that abortion is not somebody else’s problem — it affects an entire community. In Austin, Texas, a pastor learned for the first time during last spring’s 40 Days for Life campaign that a local abortion facility had been taking the lives of unborn Texans for more than a decade — and he’d been the pastor of a church around the corner for 17 years! More…