UPDATE: After the story below was first posted, Oregon Right to Life announced that the Jan. 23 rally will be postponed to a yet-undetermined date out of security concerns. Details will be in the February issue of Christian News Northwest.
SALEM — Continuing its more recent Saturday schedule, the March for Life outside the Oregon Capitol here Jan. 23 will express deep concern over 48 years of nationally legal abortion.
A worship band will begin playing at 2:15 p.m with speakers starting at 2:30 p.m. The march in the area near the Capitol will begin immediately after the hourlong rally.
The event is timed to coincide with the anniversary of Roe v. Wade, the Jan. 22, 1973 U.S. Supreme Court decision that legalized abortion throughout pregnancy. Since 1973, an estimated 62 million American unborn babies have lost their lives in abortions.
The event is 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). It traditionally had been held on Sunday, but switched two years ago to Saturday.
Featured speakers include Archbishop Alexander Sample of the Roman Catholic Archdiocese of Portland; Marion County Commissioner Colm Willis; Oregon Right to Life President Melody Durrett; Samantha Williams, author of Fully Equipped; and Emma Howell, president of the Students for Life chapter at Chemeketa Community College.
Smaller memorial rallies, marches and other events will be held in Oregon and southwest Washington this month; details are in the Christian Events Calendar section here at cnnw.com. For more information, phone 503-463-8563 or go to ortl.org