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CHICAGO, January 27, 2021 (LifeSiteNews) — Almost 600 carloads of pro-life advocates participated in March for Life Chicago’s first-ever car rally through the streets of downtown Chicago on January 23.
The procession started at St. John Cantius Church on the city’s Northside. Cars were decorated with pro-life signs. Around 1 p.m., drivers began to make their way through downtown on a route that brought them past key city, state, and federal buildings. Small pro-life groups along the route cheered as the cars bedecked with pro-life signs drove by.
“Nine years ago when a hundred and fifty people walked at the March for Life Chicago, it was hard to imagine that we’d grow to thousands of people flooding the streets and echoing off the skyscrapers. We’re bringing that same passion as we bring our cars this year and raise our signs and our voices in downtown Chicago,” stated the organizers of the event.
The procession ended at Southside Pregnancy Center where participants had the opportunity to support babies and their parents by donating diapers to local pregnancy resource centers. The event was part of a diaper drive to collect 130,094 diapers, a figure representative of the number of babies aborted annually in the Midwest. In-person and online donations surpassed that number by over 25,000 diapers, for a total of 156,518 diapers, which will be distributed among 20 local pregnancy resource centers.
As pro-lifers drove in their cars through the city, they tuned into speeches given at a virtual event.
Among the speakers were Dan Lipinski, a former U.S. congressman and the lead Democratic co-sponsor of numerous pieces of pro-life legislation, Mary Fiorito, a Cardinal Francis George Fellow at the Ethics & Public Policy Center, Pastor Mark Jobe, President of Moody Bible Institute and host of the national radio program Bold Steps, and Dr. Christina Frances of the American Association of Pro-Life OB/GYNs.
PETITION UPDATE (9/26/2020):
With President Trump's nomination of Amy Coney Barrett to fill the vacancy on the Supreme Court left by the death of Ruth Bader Ginsburg, we are closer than we have been in decades to seeing Roe vs. Wade overturned.
We now encourage the Senate to confirm Barrett as the next Associate Justice of the Supreme Court.
Judge Barrett has a fantastic track recond on sanctity of life issues, has seven children, and is a devout believer. She is the perfect remedy for Ruth Bader Ginsburg's radical pro-abortionism.
Please READ the full story here: 'BREAKING: Trump nominates Catholic mom of 7 Judge Amy Coney Barrett to Supreme Court'
And then, please SIGN this petition telling the High Court that it's now time to end the activist Roe vs. Wade judgment. Thank you!
PETITION UPDATE (6/29/2020):
In a decision which has imperiled more abortion-minded women, sentenced more preborn to death, and upset pro-lifers across the nation,the United States Supreme Court decided 5-4 to strike down a Louisiana law requiring basic medical precautions in the event of abortion complications, with Chief Justice John Roberts reversing his own past decision to uphold a similar Texas law.
Liberal Justice Stephen Breyer wrote the majority opinion, which held that the Louisiana law was unconstitutional for the simple fact that it was “almost word-for-word identical” to the Texas one the court already struck down in 2016.
In his concurring opinion, Chief Justice Roberts acknowledged that he had “joined the dissent in Whole Woman’s Health and continue to believe that the case was wrongly decided. The question today however is not whether Whole Woman’s Health was right or wrong, but whether to adhere to it in deciding the present case.”
We call on the Supreme Court to stop supporting the culture of death and overturn Roe vs Wade, now.
PETITION UPDATE (1/20/2020):
Hundreds of thousands of people will gather in Washington, D.C., this coming Friday, January 24th, for the March for Life. They will be praying for an end to Roe vs Wade, as the Supreme Court will hear a crucial, abortion-related case later this year in March. United our voices can change the course of history. Sign this petition TODAY! (LEARN MORE BELOW)
PETITION UPDATE (1/3/2020):
In advance of the Supreme Court's hearing arguments in an important abortion case later this year in March, 207 U.S. Senators and Representatives have signed amicus briefs supporting a Louisiana law requiring abortionists to have admitting privileges at a hospital nearby an abortion center.
Some of these supporting briefs also suggest that now is the time to reconsider Roe vs Wade as sound law.
Please SIGN this petition, calling on the U.S. Supreme Court to strike down Roe vs Wade.
More than 60 million Americans have been slaughtered in their mother's wombs as a result of Roe v. Wade. This activist, unconstitutional ruling in 1973 has left countless women emotionally and psychologically scarred.
It was believed by many that Roe would be overturned in 1992 with Planned Parenthood v. Casey. Despite having eight Republican-appointed judges at the time, the Supreme Court ruled 5-4 to uphold it.
Since then, major gains have been made in the fight for life, and many lives have been saved.
However, Roe v. Wade remains the law of the land, leaving millions of defenseless pre-born children vulnerable to murder.
According to a 2016 study conducted by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, 35% of aborted babies are African American, despite black women only making up six percent of the U.S. population. 19% of aborted babies are Hispanic.
We thus again call on the court to do everything they can to end Roe vs Wade.
Now is the time for pro-lifers to join together and ensure that all of God's children have a right to life.
Roe v. Wade must come to an end!
FOR MORE INFORMATION:
Overseen by weDignify and dozens of local organizations, this year’s March for Life Chicago saw the Midwest pro-life movement supporting life in a new way — through Moving the Movement, a multi-city tour in the weeks leading up to the Jan. 23 car rally in Chicago with stops in Des Moines, Iowa; Indianapolis, Indiana; Omaha, Nebraska; Madison, Wisconsin; Mundelein, Illiniois; and Fort Wayne, Indiana. The tour spanned five states. At each tour stop, speakers addressed the fallout from abortion, how it kills babies and harms parents. Diapers were collected at each stop.
Organizer Kevin Grillot, Executive Director of weDignify, called the Moving the Movement tour a “strong public witness to life.”
“Our intention this year was to unite and inspire pro-life communities in Chicago and across the Midwest”, said Grillot. “We faced pandemic restrictions, denial of city permits, and weather challenges, yet the turnout at our stops in Wisconsin, Nebraska, Indiana, and Illinois exceeded our expectations. We were blown away by the dedication of speakers, volunteers and, most of all, the thousands of pro-life advocates who turned out en masse.”
March for Life Chicago 2022 is set for January 8. Downtown Chicago will again feature the March for Life Chicago Convention, which debuted at the 2020 march to a capacity crowd. The Hilton Chicago on Michigan Avenue is the planned location.