PORTLAND — For decades, thousands of concerned Christians have gathered either here or in Salem annually on a January Sunday afternoon to express their deep concern over abortion deaths.
This year, for the first time, that event is taking place on a Saturday afternoon — specifically at 2:30 p.m. on Saturday, Jan. 19 at Pioneer Courthouse Square in downtown Portland.
According to Oregon Right to Life leaders, the Roe v. Wade Memorial and March will be held on Saturday because of a desire to reach more people than might be reached on the usual Sunday.
The event will mark the 46th anniversary of Roe v. Wade, the U.S. Supreme Court decision that legalized abortion throughout pregnancy. Since 1973, an estimated 61 million American unborn babies have lost their lives through abortion.
Featured speaker is Becky — who prefers to be publicly known only by her first name — of the StandUpGirl.com pro-life ministry affiliated with Oregon Right to Life. The website’s original “stand up girl,” she will share her story of strength and hope in the face of an unexpected pregnancy.
StandUpGirl.com aims to change hearts and save lives by reaching both young men and women who are not pro-life and who would otherwise never go to a pro-life website.
StandUpGirl.com has tallied more than 34.5 million visitors, drawing more than 300,000 monthly, plus another 295,000 visits monthly on its Facebook page.
After the hourlong rally, which also will feature other pro-life leaders, those interested will take part in a March for Life in the vicinity of the square.
The rally and march are co-sponsored by Oregon Right to Life, Oregon Family Council, Christian News Northwest and Mater Dei Radio (KBVM 88.3 FM In Portland, and KMME 94.9/100.5 FM in Eugene). Over many years, the rallies have drawn consistently sizable crowds despite the often challenging rain, wind or snow conditions that are typical for mid-January in the Northwest.
Smaller memorial rallies and marches also are being held throughout Oregon and southwest Washington this month; details are in the Christian Events Calendar section in this issue of Christian News Northwest.
Dates and locations are: Brookings: Jan. 20; Bend, Jan. 26, Roseburg, Jan. 20, Grants Pass, Jan. 20; Klamath Falls, Jan. 22; Eugene-Springfield, Jan. 26, Pendleton, Jan. 20; Salem, Jan. 22; and Vancouver, Wash., Jan. 25.
For more information, phone 503-463-8563 or go to ortl.org