SALEM — For the first time since 2011, an annual statewide rally to express deep concern over the millions of lives lost to abortion will return to the steps of the Oregon State Capitol here at 2:30 p.m. Jan. 25. But unlike previous rallies there, it will be on a Saturday rather than a Sunday, like last January’s rally in downtown Portland.
The Oregon March for Life will mark the 47th anniversary of Roe v. Wade, the 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 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. speaker is Karen Gaffney of Portland. She is president of Karen Gaff- ney Foundation, championing full inclusion for people with Down syndrome and other disabilities. Gaffney, who herself has Down syndrome, is an ac-complished human rights advocate, achieving an honorary doctorate after earning a regular high school diploma from St. Mary’s Acad-emy of Portland and an associate degree from Portland Community College. Gaffney is also a renowned long-distance swimmer, conquering the English Channel, Lake Tahoe and other large bodies of water.
Smaller memorial rallies, marches and other events wil be held in Oregon and southwest Washington this month; details are in the Christian Events Calendar section on this website. Dates and locations are: Jan. 18, Bend and Eugene; Jan. 19, Harbor and Pendleton; Jan. 22, Klamath Falls and La Grande; Jan. 24, Vancouver, Wash.; and Jan. 26, Roseburg, Medford and Grants Pass. For more information, phone 503-463-8563 or go to ortl.org