WASHINGTON, DC, January 10, 2002 ( - “Thousands of pro-life youth will be celebrating at Rock For Life concerts this January,” says Bryan Kemper, director of Rock For Life, a division of American Life League. “It is unfortunate that at the same time, other bands will be using their music to promote aborting babies. We are here to offer the truth about abortion and to celebrate life.”

Rock For Life is kicking off a weekend of pro-life youth rallies and activism with a concert at the Hyatt in downtown Washington, D.C. The Jan. 19 pro-life concert, featuring Hangnail, Cool Hand Luke and Jennifer’s Regret, starts at 7 p.m. The pro-abortion concert is scheduled the same evening and features Ani DiFranco, Bruce Hornsby, and Blues Traveler John Popper.

“Music is a gift from God,” says Mike Middleton, lead vocalist of Hangnail. “We should not be using our talents to destroy life, but instead to celebrate it and welcome babies into this world.”

Hangnail, a punk rock band from Wisconsin, will be featuring their pro-life song, “No Name Yet.” Hangnail, Cool Hand Luke and Jennifer’s Regret will also be featured at an outdoor concert Jan. 22 on Constitution between 14th and 15th streets. This concert will start at 10:30 a.m. All three bands will then lead the young people and join thousands of pro-lifers from around the country in the annual march sponsored by the March for Life Education & Defense Fund.

Jan. 22 is the 29th anniversary of the Roe v. Wade Supreme Court decision that decriminalized abortion.

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