Pro-Life Groups Announce Abortion Protest Plans for Democratic Convention

National   |   Steven Ertelt   |   Jun 16, 2008   |   9:00AM   |   WASHINGTON, DC

Pro-Life Groups Announce Abortion Protest Plans for Democratic Convention

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by Steven Ertelt Editor
June 16
, 2008

Denver, CO ( — The pro-life groups coordinating the abortion protests at the upcoming Democratic national convention will officially announce their plans on Wednesday. During the protests they hope to receive media coverage of their message that presidential candidate Barack Obama is extremely pro-abortion.

The "A Prayer for Change" event will include protests, prayer vigils, rallies, demonstrations, concerts and other activities to promote the pro-life perspective.

The Christian Defense Coalition, Survivors, Operation Rescue and other pro-life groups are behind the efforts.

"We are coming to Denver to pray and seek God to end this tragic taking of innocent life through abortion," says Rev. Patrick J. Mahoney, director of the Christian Defense Coalition. "We will also be peacefully and prayerfully on the streets of Denver to expose the radical pro-abortion policies of Senator Obama and the Democratic Party."

"Senator Obama talks about social justice and reaching out to the poor," Mahoney explained. "Yet he supports abortion policies that crush human rights and promote violence and despair."

"Simply stated, if Barack Obama were elected this Fall he would be the most radical pro-abortion president in American history," he continued. "His views on abortion are radical and extremist and outside of the mainstream of what most Americans believe."

Danielle White Versluys represents the group Survivors, an organization for young adults and youth who are survivors of legalized abortion.

She told her group is participating in the Democratic convention protests because Obama is misleading young voters about his priorities as president.

"Senator Obama talks about change and bringing hope to America yet clings to and embraces abortion policies that most Americans find appalling," she said.

"As a leader of this emerging generation, I am deeply troubled that Senator Obama continues to support the barbaric procedure of partial-birth abortion and wants to expand abortion rights through the Freedom of Choice Act," she added.

One of the events the groups have planned is to gather 1,500 people to surround the Pepsi Center, the site of the convention, with prayer for the Democratic Party to end abortion. Activists will leave roses on the ground as a reminder to stop abortions.