PORTLAND — The thousands of Christians who gather in the elements each January to express their deep concern over abortion deaths got a reprieve last year from rain, wind or cold when, for the first time, the Roe vs. Wade Memorial Rally was held indoors at the Oregon Convention Center.
But that was only because of temporary renovation work at the normal outdoor venue, Pioneer Courthouse Square in downtown Portland. With that done, the event this time returns to the square at 2:30 p.m. on Sunday, Jan. 14, and attenders have proved steadfast many years in turning out — whatever the weather.
Featured speakers this year are Nichole Bentz, Northwest regional director for Students for Life; Roman Catholic Archbishop Alexander Sample of Portland; and Karli Olson, 2016 National Right to Life oratory contest winner.
The rally is held this month to coincide with the anniversary of the January 1973 U.S. Supreme Court decision that legalized abortion on demand nationally.
After the hourlong rally, which will feature local pro-life leaders, those interested will take part in a March for Life in the vicinity of the square.
Although the rally is being held on Jan. 14, most pro-life events nationally are taking place the following weekend, because Jan. 21 is observed as Sanctity of Human Life Sunday. On Friday, Jan. 19, a rally will be held in Vancouver, Wash., and on Saturday, Jan. 20 in Bend and Eugene. On Sunday the 21st, events will be held in Roseburg, Grants Pass, and Pendleton, and then in Medford, Klamath Falls and Salem on Monday the 22nd.
For details, go to the Events Calendar here on the Christian News Northwest website, or phone 503-463-8563.