The dawning of the year 2013 brings the 40th anniversary of the Roe vs. Wade and Doe vs. Bolton decisions that legalized abortion in the United States throughout pregnancy. The pro-life movement is gearing up to observe this anniversary in January and throughout the year.
Plans have long been in the works for the 2013 interdenominational National Memorial for the Pre-Born and Their Mothers and Fathers, held every year on the morning of the annual March for Life in Washington DC. It brings pro-life activists together from around the nation.
“There are certain galvanizing moments in the history of every movement for social reform – moments that represent definitive turning points on the path to victory. For the pro-life movement, the 40th anniversary of Roe vs. Wade can and should be such a moment,” said Father Frank Pavone, National Director of Priests for Life and President of the National Pro-Life Religious Council. “Together, let’s make it so by joining together for this national memorial service, representing the entire Body of Christ in its prayer and its call for equal protection of our unborn brothers and sisters!”
Sponsors will include the National Pro-Life Religious Council; Priests for Life/Gospel of Life Ministries; National Pro-Life Center on Capitol Hill; National Clergy Council; Faith and Action, and National Pro-Life Radio.
“Some things just can't be ignored by Christians. The sanctity of God's gift of life is one of them. The anniversary of the infamous Roe v. Wade decision gives all of us an opportunity to rededicate ourselves to this sacred obligation, said the Rev. Rob Schenck, President of the National Clergy Council and lead missionary of Faith and Action. “I am asking all the pastors, churches, and lay people I know to commit to this special gathering above anything else in 2013. Put it on your calendar. Bring family, friends, and church members with you. Let's make this our biggest effort ever to restore respect for God's gift of life!”
The National Memorial for the Pre-Born will take place from 8:30 to 10:30 a.m. on Friday, Jan. 25 in the DAR Constitution Hall, 1776 D Street Northwest, Washington, D.C. To keep up to date as plans progress for the prayer service and other events regarding the 40th anniversary of Roe, visit www.roevswade40.com.
"It is absolutely critical, as we prepare for the most solemn duty of citizenship, to pray for and end of the worst scourge in our nation's experience. Our prayer must be earnest, bold and united,” said the Rev. Paul Schenck, founding director and Chairman of the National Pro-Life Center. “The National Memorial for the Pre-Born is that kind of prayer - the prayer needed now more than ever. No one who believes in the sanctity and dignity of human life should neglect this high call to pray!"
Priests for Life is the nation's largest Catholic pro-life organization dedicated to ending abortion and euthanasia. For more information, visit www.priestsforlife.org.