PORTLAND — A woman whose activism has made numerous national headlines will be featured speaker as thousands of people gather again in “Portland’s living room” this month to express their deep concern over the milllions of lives lost to abortion each year.
Lila Rose will speak at the annual Roe v. Wade Memorial Rally and Walk, at 2:30 p.m. Sunday, Jan. 17 at Pioneer Courthouse Square in downtown Portland. The event is sponsored by Oregon Right to Life and co-sponsored by other pro-life ministries and Christian News Northwest.
Attracting as many as 7,000 people in past years, the rally has been held for many years in either downtown Portland or in front of the Oregon State Capirol in Salem.
It is timed to coincide with the Jan. 22 anniversary of the 1973 U.S. Supreme Court decision legalizing abortion; since then an estimated 58 million lives have been lost nationally through abortion.
Rose is founder and president of Live Action, a new media nonprofit dedicated to ending abortion and building a culture of life.
Rose, who is now 27, founded Live Action when she was 15 and began giving presentations to schools and youth groups. As a student at UCLA, she partnered with conservative activist James O’Keefe III. After further inspiration by Texas activist Mark Crutcher, Rose and O’Keefe investigated staffers in several Planned Parenthood facilities.
Her group utilizes what she described as “investigative journalism” targeting the abortion industry. Live Action uses the results of these investigations to focus attention on the humanity of the unborn and to inspire the nation to take action to end abortion in America through new media.
Rose has investigated abortion facilities nationwide. Her activism focuses on issues such as the financial aspect of the abortion industry, the moral and ethical implications of abortion itself, and the activities of Planned Parenthood. Racism Project, highlighting the high abortion rate in the African-American community, received support from Alveda King, niece of Martin Luther King, Jr.
Live Action runs stealth education programs, targeted at changing hearts and minds about abortion thought, overseeing the largest pro-life social media platform on the web, including more than 1 million Facebook fans and more than 58,000 followers on Twitter. Live Action also hosts Live Action News, a widely read pro-life news site.
Rose is a regular guest on The O’Reilly Factor, Hannity, The Laura Ingraham Show, as well as many other national TV and radio programs. Her work has been featured on practically every major news outlet, from CBS to CNN, from the Los Angeles Times to the Washington Post. Rose has also written for USA Today, First Things, Politico, and others.
Rose was named among Red Alert’s “30 under 30,” Christianity Today’s “33 under 33,” and among National Journal’s “25 Most Influential Washington Women Under 35.” She is an international public speaker on life, family, and culture issues.
In addition to appearing at the rally and taking part in a downtown walk which immediately follows, Rose also will be featired at a student rally later in the afternoon. That will take place at Urban Studio, 935 N.W. Davis St., from 4:45 to 6 p.m.
For more information, phone Oregon Right to Life at 503-463-8563 or go to ortl.org.