Were there to be no support in the whole history of ethical and moral thought, were there no acknowledged confirmation from medical science, were the history of legal opinion to the contrary, we would still have to conclude on the basis of God's Holy Word that the unborn child is a person in the sight of God. He is protected by the sanctity of life graciously given to each individual by the Creator, Who alone places His image upon man and grants them any right to life which they have.
Monday, April 26, 2010
Civil Rights Leaders Re-board the Bus for Historic Pro-Life Freedom Rides
Press Conference on April 27
BIRMINGHAM, Ala.,April 26 /Christian Newswire/ -- Priests for Life releases the following:
* The Freedom Riders of 1961 took their lives in their hands to protest the injustice of segregation. This summer, Priests for Life and its supporters will stage Pro-life Freedom Rides along those various routes. This time we will be speaking up for the lives of the unborn.
* The Freedom Riders took their action to test a Supreme Court ruling that struck down segregation laws. We will ride to protest a ruling by that same court that legalized the murder of a whole class of human beings.
* The Freedom Riders sought to change the culture of racism in the U.S. We seek to transform the culture of death into the culture of life.
Join us as we kick off this campaign with a press conference on April 27.
Dr. Alveda King, Director of African American Outreach for Priests for Life and niece of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. Father Frank Pavone, National Director of Priests for Life Janet Morana, Executive Director of Priests for Life Dean Nelson, Executive Director of the Network of Politically Active Christians Rev. Clennard Childress, Director of the Life Education and Resource Network Rev. Sam Mosteller, Georgia State President, Southern Christian Leadership Conference Catherine Davis, Director of Minority Outreach, Georgia Right to Life Rev. Stephen Broden, Senior Pastor, Fair Park Bible Fellowship, Dallas, Texas Day Gardner, Founder, National Black Pro-Life Union Fr. Denis Wilde, Associate Director of Priests for Life Fr. Peter West, Associate Director of Priests for Life Fr. Scott William Daniels, Pastoral Associate of Priests for Life Jim Pinto, Pastoral Associate of Priests for Life Kevin and Theresa Burke, Founders of Rachel's Vineyard Retreat Jerry Horn, Senior Advisor of Priests for Life Dan Collins, Record Producer Jamie Collins, Singer, Songwriter Darrian Summerville, Christian recording artist Bishop Demetrics and Mrs. Pauline Roscoe, Founder, Living Church Ministries, Birmingham
Where: Kelly Ingram Park, 5th Avenue N. at 16th Street, Birmingham, AL
When: April 27, 10:30 am
"My Uncle Martin had a dream that Protestants and Catholics and Gentiles and Jews would join together and sing the age old spiritual 'Free at Last,'" stated Dr. Alveda King. "At Priests for Life, we will be singing and praying on the Pro-life Freedom Rides. We urge all people of good will to join us as we link the Civil Rights Movement of the 20th Century to the heart cry for life in the 21st Century."
"This gathering of pro-life and civil rights leaders is a unique partnership," said Father Frank Pavone. "By joining hearts and hands and voices in this way, we can help convince Americans once and for all that abortion is the ultimate violation of human rights."
The rides have been endorsed by African-American and pro-life leaders across the country. Catherine Davis of Georgia Right to Life noted, "In 1857, the Supreme Court, in the Dred Scott case, labeled blacks as property, denying them citizenship. The United States said no to this notion and restored personhood to blacks with the 14th Amendment. In 1973 the Supreme Court in the Roe v. Wade case again took personhood away from a class of people - the unborn. We are riding and calling on all Americans to again reject this notion by restoring the right to life to the unborn."
The April 27 press conference will set the stage for the first Pro-life Freedom Ride, set for July 23-25. National and local pro-life leaders will gather in Birmingham for a major concert and rally - exact location and venue to be announced. A prayer vigil will take place outside an area abortion mill and then those traveling with the riders will get in the bus for the ride to Atlanta.
Join us as we begin this historic undertaking. Millions of babies are counting on us to ride for their lives.