Pro-Life Voter Registration to Occur in Churches Sunday

National   |   Steven Ertelt   |   Sep 4, 2003   |   9:00AM   |   WASHINGTON, DC

Pro-Life Voter Registration to Occur in Churches Sunday

by Steven Ertelt Editor
September 4, 2003

Washington, DC ( — Three pro-life religious groups plan to register thousands of pro-life, Christian voters in churches across the country this Sunday.

Calling it another step in a "new mobilization" of the nation’s Christian community, Fr. Frank Pavone, director of Priests for Life, called upon the nation’s pastors to observe the second National Christian Voter Registration Sunday this weekend, September 6-7.

"Priests for Life, the National Pro-life Religious Council, and the Christian Coalition are moving forward with the project we announced in June," Pavone explained.

"Members of hundreds of churches have been given the opportunity, after Sunday worship, to register to vote. This weekend, hundreds more churches will do the same. The reason is simple: Christian faith is not a private matter, it is a public proclamation, and it shapes society, its leaders, and its laws," Pavone said.

Pro-life groups have pointed to the lower turnout of Catholic and evangelical Christian voters as concern. Such groups traditionally vote in strong pro-life majorities and provide the winning margin for pro-life candidates.

However, abortion advocates say the groups are trying to unduly "influence elections." ACLU attorneys, in past elections, have gone so far as to write letters to churches in an attempt to bully them out of allowing legal voters guides to be distributed.

"That’s what we as Americans are supposed to do," Pavone says in response to the criticism.

Voter registration is an activity permitted under law to churches and tax-exempt organizations, as long as it is non-partisan in nature.

Voter Sundays have also been set for November 9, 2003 and January 18, 2004.

Related web sites:

National Christian Voter Registration Sunday –