Free lodging is available for Lutherans who wish to partake in the national March for Life on Jan. 22 2002 in Washington, D.C. It is an annually held event to oppose Roe v. Wade that legalized abortion.
Dennis Di Mauro, who leads a Lutherans For Life (LFL) chapter in northern Virginia and has organized LFL's trek to Washington for the past six years, says he can find families willing to share their homes with out-of-town marchers. Free lodging will be available for the nights of Jan. 21 and 22, and guests are encouraged to take part in march activities with the LFL delegation.
Those marching with LFL are invited to attend a 9 a.m. worship service Jan. 22 at Our Savior Lutheran Church in Arlington, Va. Afterward, the group will take the Metro, Washington's light-rail system, into the city for the rally and march, which begin at noon. After the march, at 4 p.m., the group will gather for pizza.
Taking part in the day's activities will be Dr. James I. Lamb, executive director of LFL. Lamb noted that Jan. 22, 2003, would mark the 30th anniversary of the Roe v. Wade Supreme Court decision that "legalized abortion in all nine months of pregnancy for no reason or for any reason."
Since then, Lamb said, "more than 42 million preborn children -- God's gifts of life -- have been brutally destroyed." When the church is silent about abortion, it gives the wrongful impression that abortion "is an acceptable practice in the eyes of God," Lamb said, and he urged Lutherans to "speak up for those who cannot speak for themselves" (Prov. 31:8-9).
The March for Life, he said, is "another way to speak."
"It is gathering in our nation's capital in a show of numbers, letting our leaders know that there is widespread opposition in this country to abortion on demand," Lamb said.
"It is also a time for pro-lifers to be re-energized and inspired by the tremendous number of people who come to speak together on this crucial issue of our day."
By Albert H. Lee