In anniversary of the Supreme Court case of Roe vs. Wade in 1973, pro-life movements across the country have united to bring awareness of the preserving unborn human life and speak against abortions. Many pro-life movements this week rallied and even brought together both Evangelical and Catholic groups together.
Most Catholic and Evangelicals share the common notion of being pro-life and negatively frowning upon abortion. Commonly, the Catholic Church run by Pope Francis abolishes this act of pro-choice and the killing of unborn babies. The pope recently dubbed abortion as "horrific," echoing what many of his critics were persuading for him to speak out against. This week, youth groups from Catholic churches protested for the same cause with many evangelical Christian organizations.
Mark Tooley, president of Institute of Religion and Democracy (IRD) noted the importance of advocating pro-life in the national grand scale. "This week's March for Life amplified how Evangelicals and Catholics with others are increasingly united in promoting a culture of life," said Tooley in the press release. Marches from both groups advocated for the same cause despite differences in religious backgrounds.
The Institute on Religion and Democracy is a research organization founded in 1981 by a United Methodist evangelist that advocates for Christian conservatism from local, national and current events. The organization even co-sponsored an event for President Ronald Reagan in 1985 regarding the National Council of Churches. With the March for Life rallies this week, Tooley alluded the importance of working together with other organizations and religions for the common cause.
"Confronted by our current era that is often increasingly hostile to transcendent truths, Evangelicals and Catholics need each other now more than ever in defending the permanent, sacred things of human existence," acknowledged Tooley.
Reported earlier, many pro-life movements this week involved gathered to let their voices heard, from the March of Life in blistering cold weather to the Georgia-based organization GRTL teaming with different activists to have an official Personhood Decree signed or to anti-abortionists gathering in San Francisco.
Many groups from the Catholic Church even held pre-march events such as the National Prayer Vigil for Life and the Youth Rally and Mass for Life to support the cause. Reportedly The marchers involved traveling wasn't easy due to weather, however the turnout for the rallies were deemed successful by both groups.
"Providence often responds to moments of destruction with greater exertions of redemption. Spiritual and political collaboration between Evangelicals and Catholics is a providential gift especially important in these times, for which we can all give thanks," remarked Tooley.