PORTLAND — For a second consecutive year, and the fourth time since 2009, Oregon’s biggest pro-life rally will be held this month in the Rose City’s “living room.” It is expected again to draw thousands who will remember the estimated 55 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 Roe vs. Wade Memorial Rally from 2:30 to 3:30 p.m. Sunday, Jan. 20 at Pioneer Courthouse Square 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 Carol Tobias, president of National Right to Life. Other speakers include Dr. Joan Sage, president of Oregon Right to Life; Dr. Frank Rosenbloom; Deacon Harold Burke-Sivers and Roman Catholic Archbishop John Vlazny.
The annual rally was held for many years outside the State Capitol in Salem, where it drew hundreds. But in 2009, 2010 and last January it was held at Portland and drew far larger crowds — as much as an estimated 7,000 one year.
The cost of holding the event in Portland each year is prohibitive, but Oregon Right to Life’s governing board decided to return the event again to Portland for the 40th anniversary observance of the Roe vs. Wade decision, said Gayle Atteberry, executive director of Oregon Right to Life.
The event will be preceded by music from the Portland Praise Band, and followed by a “March for Life” in the immediate area. For more information phone Oregon Right to Life at 503-463-8563 or go to ortl.org.
Several smaller rallies or other pro-life events also are planned around the state on the following dates: Jan. 19 — Eugene; Jan. 20 — Coos Bay, Roseburg, Medford and Grants Pass; Jan. 22 — Salem. See the Christian Events Calendar section in this newspaper for details.