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“The mostly-young March for Life illustrates both an intensity and age gap between pro-lifers and pro-choicers.”
-Mark Tooley, IRD President


Washington, DC—Tens of thousands of pro-life activists will gather in the nation’s capital on Friday, marking the 40th anniversary of the Roe v. Wade Supreme Court decision that swept away state laws restricting abortion.

Both Southern Baptist and Roman Catholic church agencies, representing the largest churches in America, have come alongside March for Life participants in seeking to further curtail the nation’s abortion rate and lament the over 55 million unborn lives lost to abortion since 1973. Meanwhile, some old-line Protestant church agencies, like the United Methodist lobby office and women’s group, are celebrating the Roe v. Wade decision and actively oppose both abortion restrictions and crisis pregnancy centers that offer women alternatives to abortion.

The Episcopal Church, and agencies of the Presbyterian Church (U.S.A.), United Church of Christ (UCC) and United Methodist Church, including the General Board on Church and Society and United Methodist Women, have affiliated with the Religious Coalition for Reproductive Choice (RCRC) to provide a veneer of religious approval for unrestricted abortion-on-demand.

IRD President Mark Tooley commented:

“Church affiliation with RCRC continues to embarrass United Methodists, Episcopalians, Presbyterians and others. Upholding unrestricted abortion as a religiously faithful moral choice only devalues all vulnerable human life and devastates the young people who hearken to this materialistic false gospel.

“The mostly-young March for Life illustrates both an intensity and age gap between pro-lifers and pro-choicers.

“Growing, vibrant churches are largely pro-life, while declining denominations remain archaically pro-abortion rights.”

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