PORTLAND – With Pioneer Courthouse Square as location for a third consecutive year and for the fifth time since 2009 for the Roe vs. Wade Memorial Rally. the downtown setting is becoming a bit of a tradition now for the event.
Previously held each year outside the Oregon State Capitol in Salem, the annual pro-life rally was held for the first time in Portland in 2009, and again in 2010, 2012 and 2013, drawing much larger crowds than in the capital city — as many as 7,000 one year.
It is expected again to draw thousands on Sunday, Jan. 19, who will remember the estimated 56 million lives lost to abortion in the past four decades nationally.
Coordinated by Oregon Right to Life and supported by a wide range of other pro-life groups and ministries, the rally is 2:30 to 3:30 p.m., and is timed each year to fall on or near the Jan. 22 anniversary of the 1973 U.S. Supreme Court decision legalizing abortion on demand.
Keynote speaker this year is Janet (Folger) Porter, president and founder of Ohio-based Faith2Action, the nation’s largest network of “pro-family” groups working to preserve traditional values. Also speaking are Archbishop Alexander Sample of the Roman Catholic Archdiocese of Portland; Rebecca Barnes of Students for Life, with student leaders from colleges statewide; and Dr. Joan Sage, president of Oregon Right to Life. Music will be offered by the Portland Praise Band. The rally will be followed by a March for Life in the immediate area.
Porter initiated the nation’s first “Heartbeat Bill” in Ohio in 2011 to legally protect unborn babies with detectible heartbeats. This effort inspired Arkansas and North Dakota to pass similar laws.
Porter hosts a 60-second daily radio commentary that airs in 200 markets and is also available at: www.F2A.org. She is a frequent contributor to WorldNetDaily.com. She has appeared on numerous network TV shows as well as syndicated programs and has been profiled in The New York Times, People magazine, Los Angeles Times and more.
Porter previously served from 1997 to 2002 as the national director of the Center for Reclaiming America, founded by Rev. D. James Kennedy, where she hosted a 60-second commentary that aired daily on 550 radio and TV stations.
She earlier served as legislative director of Ohio Right to Life, where she successfully lobbied for passage of the nation’s first partial-birth abortion ban, which sparked the national debate in Congress and throughout the country.
The author of five books, she was awarded an honorary doctorate in Christian humanitarian service from South Florida Bible College and Theological Seminary. She earned a master’s degree in communication at Cleveland State Uni-versity.
Smaller rallies or other pro-llfe events also are planned around the state on the following dates: Jan. 18 – Eugene; Jan. 19—Coos Bay, Grants Pass, Klamath Falls, Medford and Roseburg; Jan. 22 – Salem. See the Christian Events Calendar on this web site for details.