It’s no secret that the world’s two billion Christians don’t always get along. Our disagreements, both large and small, help explain why there are thousands of denominations of people who worship Jesus Christ as the Son of God.
And while I would like to be able to say that every Christian church asserts the sanctity of all life – including life in the womb – that is sadly not the case. But what is worth noting is that the cause of life has brought together a Christian coalition of Catholics, Evangelicals and Orthodox believers who have been united in their opposition to abortion for nearly 50 years.
No other cause has been such a force for Christian unity. No other cause sends hundreds of thousands of its adherents onto the streets every year to protest abortion and pray for its end. This year’s March for Life will mark 49 years since every state in our nation was first stained with the blood of the unborn and pro-life Christians will again unite in D.C. at the March for Life to remind our lawmakers and our neighbors alike that we will not be silent until every baby is safe in the womb.
It is significant that the anniversary of Roe vs. Wade and the March for Life each year fall within the Week of Prayer for Christian Unity (Jan. 18-25).
But the pro-life movement is not merely ecumenical – it’s also interfaith. In my work I have met people from every faith tradition – Judaism, Islam, Buddhism and Hinduism included – who recognize that the children in the womb deserve protection.
The pro-life tent is big enough to also cover those who profess no faith at all. I have enjoyed many fruitful relationships with people from secular and atheist pro-life groups.
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The reason we are all able to get along despite our widely divergent beliefs is that all of us recognize the right to life as the most foundational human right. Without it, no other rights exist.
We recognize, in short, that the only qualification you need to be pro-life is to be alive.
At the 27th annual National Prayer Service this year, the National Pro-Life Religious Council, Priests for Life and Faith & Liberty invite everyone in the pro-life movement to join us in thanking those who made 2021 a year like no other for the pro-life movement.
The Jan. 21 interdenominational service at Constitution Hall in D.C. will honor the Mississippi legislators responsible for the Gestational Age Act, that protects babies from abortion at 15 weeks’ gestation and beyond, and the Texas senator and pro-life leader whose work on the Texas Heartbeat Act has been saving lives since September 1.
Texas Sen. Bryan Hughes and Texas Right to Life Legislative Director John Seago, key people responsible for Texas’ Heartbeat Law, will accept a national recognition award on behalf of every pro-life resident of their state.
We also will honor Janet Porter, an Ohio pro-life activist who was the architect of the heartbeat movement.
Mississippi Senators Angela Hill and Joey Fillingane, and Rep. Becky Currie, responsible for the law now in the hands of the U.S. Supreme Court, will accept the honor on behalf of pro-lifers in their state. If upheld by the Court, as predicted, the Mississippi law will be replicated in states throughout the nation. It’s also possible the Supreme Court will overturn 1973’s Roe v. Wade decision and allow states to protect the unborn throughout their development.
The Mississippi and Texas laws reflect the will of residents of both states who understand that every human life is precious. I look forward to more states asserting their will in this way.
The honorees at the National Prayer Service deserve our nation’s thanks and that’s why I hope everyone who is in D.C. for the March for Life will make plans to attend. Constitution Hall (1776 D St. NW) for the service.
This year’s service is the 27th annual and we have a great lineup planned. Danielle D’Souza Gill will be the emcee, and Mike Donehey of the popular Christian band Tenth Avenue North will perform. I will preach the sermon.
The service will run from 8:30 to 10:30 a.m., leaving plenty of time for people to get into their March for Life positions. Prior to the service, at 7:30 a.m., Bishop Joseph Coffey of the Archdiocese for the Military Services will celebrate Mass.
Go to NationalPrayerService.com for more information.
We have much to pray for in our continuing fight to end abortion in our nation but this year we have more reason than ever to be hopeful, and thankful that lives are being saved. I hope you can join me to thank some of the people who made this possible.