July 19, 2012 - Father Frank Pavone, pastoral director of the National Pro-Life Center, issues the following invitation with the Schenck brothers, founders of NPLC, Faith and Action and the annual National Memorial for the Pre-Born and Their Mothers and Fathers. There is much to do before January 2013, so we invite you to mark your calendar and sign up for our newsletter on the right side of this page.
The dawning of the year 2013 brings the 40th anniversary of the Supreme Court’s decisions on Roe v. Wade and Doe v. Bolton that stripped states of their right to outlaw the crime of abortion. Pro-lifers are gearing up to observe this grim anniversary in January and throughout the year. This means we’re doing everything in our power to end the slaughter of unborn babies, and end the pain that abortion causes their parents.
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, D.C. It brings pro-life activists together from around the nation and the world.
“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 verses Wade can and should be such a moment,” said Father Frank Pavone, national director of Priests for Life, president of the National Pro-Life Religious Council, and pastoral director of the National Pro-Life Center. “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!”
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“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 AM on Friday, January 25, 2013 in the DAR Constitution Hall, 1776 D Street NW, Washington, D.C.
“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 Father Paul Schenck, founding director and chair of the National Pro-Life Center. “The National Memorial for the Pre-Born and Their Mothers and Fathers 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!”