Abortion activists tried to disrupt a pro-life rally Sunday in Boston as more than 500 people celebrated life and mourned the millions of unborn babies lost to abortion.
But, as the New Boston Post reports, the pro-lifers refused to allow the pro-abortion protesters to win. Amid shouts of profanities and chants for “abortion on demand” and “free abortions,” two of the Assembly for Life speakers calmly walked up to the podium and began to pray, according to the report.
The pro-life crowd joined in the Catholic prayers of “Hail Mary,” eventually drowning out the yelling abortion activists, the report states. The Boston police removed the protesters, allowing the event to continue, according to Massachusetts Citizens for Life.
One of the leaders of the prayer was Mother Olga, the keynote speaker who was born and ministered in Iraq. According to the report, the Catholic nun worked under the oppressive reign of Saddam Hussein by helping the victims of the continuous war and conflicts.
“I was born in a country ruled by a dictator,” Mother Olga said. “I understand what it is like to live with few rights. But to have these rights, you must be born first. You must have the right to life.”
Now a U.S. citizen, she continues to work to defend the rights of the most vulnerable, including babies in the womb.
“It is the gift of the unborn that allows me to love all God’s children,” she said.
Here’s more from the Massachusetts Citizens for Life blog:
Mother Olga spoke of spending days in a labor and delivery room with a woman from a home for women in crisis pregnancies, never leaving her side despite being urged to take a break by hospital staff because the young mother had no other family to be with her. Another woman from the home went through hours of labor only to to be told she needed an emergency c-section and Mother Olga stayed with her, even in the operating room. At one point, the surgeon turned to Mother and said, “Mother, now you really have to pray,” and so she knelt by the young woman’s head and prayed for her and her baby. Those doctors and nurses, Mother Olga told the rapt and very quiet audience, did not see that baby as mere tissue, but as a baby, a fully human person to fight to save.
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Sponsored by the Massachusetts pro-life group, the Assembly for Life is held every year near the anniversary of the U.S. Supreme Court decision Roe v. Wade, which opened the doors to abortion on demand through all nine months of pregnancy.
The pro-life event included several prominent New Englanders, including Catholic Cardinal Sean O’Malley, the Archbishop of Boston, and former Boston mayor Raymond Flynn, according to the report. More than 500 people attended, filling the Faneuil Hall in Boston, according to Massachusetts Citizens for Life.
“Faneuil Hall has heard speeches from the likes of great Americans like John Adams, on topics like the ‘Boston Massacre,’” Domenico Bettinelli, community engagement director for the group, wrote on its blog. “On Sunday, a tiny Iraq-born nun was the latest in a long line to speak for freedom and liberty for the most vulnerable.”
Later, Bettinelli concluded: “The 44th Assembly for Life ended in the hope and peace which is was intended to bring. Those who gathered on Sunday left the venue with a renewed sense of purpose to bring love and mercy to a world that needs both and to do so in the service of the most vulnerable in our country.”