750 Attend United For Life
March and Rally in Birmingham, Raise Awareness of the Right to
Part Three of Three
The annual United for Life
rally and march and the third annual Mass for Life were held in
Birmingham on January 15.
Alabama Citizens For Life
also organized events in Mobile and Montgomery in January,
marking the anniversary of the unjust January 22, 1973. Roe v.
Wade and Doe v. Bolton Supreme Court decisions that legalized
abortion on demand.
Bishop Robert Baker was
the main celebrant of the Mass for Life at the Cathedral of St.
Paul, joined by Bishop Foley, and several priests. Hundreds of
people listened as Bishop Baker explained that prayer must be
the initial focus to help each of us to discern our place in the
pro-life movement and to soften the hearts of those who are
deceived by the culture of death.
Many of those attending
the Mass for Life headed several blocks up 22nd Street for the
United for Life rally. Jim Pinto was the Master of Ceremonies
for the ecumenical event. Post-abortive women witnessed,
adoption agencies representatives spoke, and Cheryl Ciamarra of
Alabama Citizens For Life gave a legislative update. She
articulated the urgency to end abortion through legislation and
to spread the culture of life through pro-life evangelization.
Bells were rung by Presbyterian, Anglican, Episcopal, and
Catholic pastors for a total of 52 times to represent the 52
Million American babies who have been lost by abortion in the
last 38 years.
The rally program
distributed to the approximately 750 crowd gathered was filled
with resources and information to help people get more involved
in pro-life efforts. A large percentage of the marchers were
children and teens who took to the streets to march for LIFE!
Several priests, physicians, and Episcopal and Anglican clergy
also attended the rally and march.