Arizona Pro-Life Advocates Pray for President Obama on Abortion as He Visits

State   |   Steven Ertelt   |   Feb 18, 2009   |   9:00AM   |   WASHINGTON, DC

Arizona Pro-Life Advocates Pray for President Obama on Abortion as He Visits

by Steven Ertelt
LifeNews.com Editor
February 18
, 2009

Mesa, AZ (LifeNews.com) — Knowing they would have a chance to possibly challenge him on his pro-abortion views, pro-life advocates in Arizona held a prayer vigil outside the venue where President Barack Obama made a campaign-style stop to promote his signing the so-called economic stimulus bill.

About 150 pro-life Catholics gathered at Mesa’s St. Timothy Catholic Community church to pray that the president change his mind on abortion.

"We need to take seriously the obligation as citizens to pray for our president and our leaders," the parish priest, Father Jack Spaulding, told the East Valley Tribune newspaper. They need to be lifted up in prayer."

"As Catholics, this is a tremendous opportunity for each one of us to put our faith into action through a peaceful and prayerful acknowledgement that everyone, including our president, must respect the sanctity of all human life, especially the unborn," Spaulding said.

"Our church, we value life, and the thing that is scary is that he would sign the Freedom of Choice Act," Spaulding added, referring to the Congressional bill that has drawn so much pro-life opposition.

Angela Bevilacqua, an 18-year-old freshman at Arizona State University, told the newspaper she came ready to protest, but was glad she would participate in a prayer vigil instead.

"I feel like it’s spreading a message of hope for life, and for peace instead of all the war and protests for the president," she said.

Meanwhile, Walter Zorich, 71, also attended and told the Arizona Republic newspaper that he attended the Obama prayer vigil to "pray for the president and his staff that they make good decisions."

If he had a chance to talk with Obama, he said he would tell the president that "life is more important than the economy."

To see President Obama’s long pro-abortion record to this point, visit https://www.lifenews.com/obamaabortionrecord.html

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