by Steven Ertelt
October 31, 2007
Denver, CO (LifeNews.com) — Pro-life groups continue crafting plans for protests at next year’s Democratic national convention. The party will hold its nominating convention for president next August and the groups hope pro-life advocates will turn out in large numbers since the party will undoubtedly put forward a pro-abortion candidate.
As LifeNews.com reported in September, the Christian Defense Coalition and Survivors of the Abortion Holocaust are joining with other groups to plan the protests.
They will hold a Thursday press conference to talk more about the prayer vigils, demonstrations, concerts and rallies they’re coordinating.
The coalition of pro-life groups will also be discussing their concerns about free speech restrictions for demonstrations after the Denver officials changed their permit process for taking applications during the convention.
"We are issuing a national call to the pro-life community, and all people of good will, to come to the Democratic National Convention in Denver next summer," Rev. Patrick J. Mahoney, the head of the CDC, told LifeNews.com.
"We are also very concerned about harsh and unconstitutional restrictions that may placed on demonstrations and free speech activities during the Convention," Mahoney added. "Already the City of Denver has changed their permit application process for taking applications during the time the DNC is being held."
"Our message to Denver and the Democratic Party is do not crush free speech rights, honor and protect the First Amendment and of course protect America’s children," he added.
Danielle Versluys, spokesperson for the Survivors, a pro-life group for people born after Roe v. Wade, said protest leaders will be gathering at the Denver Parks and Recreation Facility Use Permit Office to begin the process of obtaining official permits.
"The Survivors will be at the Democratic National Convention in 2008 as representatives for the victims of abortion — over 50 million people who have died since 1973," Versluys told LifeNews.com.
"We are calling upon the youth of America to join us in Denver next summer as we take a bold, peaceful stand against the injustice of abortion," she said.