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Pro-life activists and clergy pray for the unborn at memorial before March for Life

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Father Frank Pavone offers Mass at the National Memorial for the Pre-Born and their Mothers and Fathers on January 22, 2015. Lisa Bourne / LifeSiteNews

WASHINGTON, D.C. -- The National Memorial for the Pre-Born and their Mothers and Fathers was among the many related events occurring with the 42nd annual March for Life in Washington D.C.

Several dozen pro-life leaders and clergy from various Christian faith traditions gathered for the interdenominational prayer service in its 21st year, held at the Daughters of the American Revolution Constitution Hall the morning of the March. The focus of the memorial is for pro-lifers to assemble in penitence for abortion and grieve, but also to gather in hope with determination to work for its end through unity.

The event opened with a Catholic Mass celebrated by Father Frank Pavone of Priests of Life, which presented the prayer service along with the National Pro-Life Religious Council, Faith and Action, Gospel of Life Ministries, and the National Pro-Life Center on Capitol Hill. It continued with the interdenominational service, which included music from Christian artist Matthew Ward and testimony from the post-abortion ministry Silent No More.

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Among the pro-life leaders who joined the event were David Bereit from 40 Days for Life, Charmaine Yoest of Americans United for Life, and Josh Duggar, FRC Action’s executive director and member of the Duggar family from TLC’s popular 19 Kids and Counting.

The National Pro-Life Recognition Award was presented to Dr. Joel Brind, professor of human biology and endocrinology at Baruch College; Dr. Angela Lanfranchi, breast cancer surgeon; and Karen Malec, president and co-founder of the Coalition on Abortion/Breast Cancer.

The memorial specifically prayed for intercession with leaders in government and law.

Pro-life advocate Alveda King offered the prayer for the Supreme Court.

“Lord God you alone judge the world and all those who live in it,” she said.

Co-sponsoring the memorial service were Alliance Defending Freedom, American Values, Americans United for Life, Jubilee Campaign Law of Life Project, Life Issues Institute, and the National Institute of Family and Life Advocates. 

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