Pro-Life Group Will Host Vigil and Abortion Display Along Obama Parade Route
by Steven Ertelt
January 7, 2009
Washington, DC (LifeNews.com) — A pro-life group has won the right to host a prayer vigil and put up an abortion display along the parade route during the presidential inauguration. The Christian Defense Coalition has been leading the efforts to put the pro-life message in front of Barack Obama before he becomes the next president.
The CDC obtained the permit after discussions between the American Center for Law and Justice, who is representing the pro-life group, and the National Park Service and the Secret Service.
The group plans to display 25 large signs on Pennsylvania Avenue, outside the White House, showing the development of life from conception until birth.
It also has plans to place pro-life sidewalk chalk messages on the streets around the White House and parade route in the days leading up to the event.
Rev. Patrick J. Mahoney, director of the pro-life organization, told LifeNews.com he appreciated the National Park Service for issuing the permit and embracing First Amendment freedoms at the inauguration.
"It is critical that moments after Barack Obama takes the oath as the 44th President of the United States he drive by a visible reminder of those who will have no voice or rights in his administration," Mahoney said. "Those are the over 50,000,000 innocent lives that have been brutalized and lost through the violence of abortion."
"While millions will be celebrating along the inaugural parade route, we will be speaking ‘truth to power’ and calling for justice and equality for all Americans," Mahoney added.
"Sadly, president-elect Obama is on the wrong side of history and human rights by embracing the most radical abortion policies of any President in American history," he said.
Mahoney also told LifeNews.com that the display will also serve as a "teaching moment" for Obama "in helping him understand that life begins at conception and that social justice begins in the womb."
"Our hope and prayer is that President Obama will embrace equality for all Americans and work toward justice and ending this tragic war on America’s children through abortion," he concluded.
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