By JOHN FORTMEYER
PORTLAND — January weather has long been a challenge faced by organizers of Oregon’s largest annual pro-life event. That again proved the case, as solid rains threatened at the start of the afternoon Roe vs. Wade Memorial Rally Jan. 18 at Pioneer Courthouse Square downtown and then seriously fell partway into the event.
But this year another challenge arose — competition from one of the biggest events in Northwest sports history — the televised NFL game in which the Seattle Seahawks won the right to return to the Super Bowl for a second straight year.
In spite of the challenges, an estimated 1,000 people came to the rally, sponsored by Oregon Right to Life, Oregon Family Council and Christian News Northwest.
Featured speaker Bryan Kemper, founder of both Rock for Life and Stand True Ministries, passionately called for Christians to “see abortion for what it really is” and to arise in such a groundswell of opposition that it could no longer stay legal in the U.S.
“We still don’t completely see children in the womb as full human persons. That must change. That has to change … Abortion is not a political issue. It is a matter of life and death.”
Kemper said he longs for the day that such rallies and other activism is no longer needed.
“I honestly do this job, so I can be out of a job,” he said. “I want to be put out of work.”
Among other speakers were Gayle Atteberry, Liberty Pike and Dr. Joan Sage, all of Oregon Right to Life; Caleb Knezevich of Students for Life; and Catholic Archbishop Alexander Sample.