Chicago Catholics, have you ever wanted to attend the annual March for Life in January, but couldn't make the trek to Washington D.C.? Now you participate in the march right here at home. March for Life is being organized in Chicago for Midwestern pro-lifers. We can stand in solidarity with other pro-lifers from across America who will be marching at the National Mall from Congress to the Supreme Court building.
As surprising at it may seem, this is actually the 9th annual March for Life Chicago. While the national event has been held for over 40 years, the local Chicago equivalent has been marching for just shy of a decade. This year's event will be held on Sunday, January 19, at 1 pm. Pro-lifers from throughout the Chicago area will assemble downtown at the Federal Plaza, located at 50 W. Adams in Chicago, and march to James R. Thompson Center, at 100 W. Randolph.
Of course, the local media, if it does cover the event at all, will probably claim those marching in Chicago are all “right-wing middle aged evangelicals”. Unfortunately for media stereotypes, this is far from the case. The Chicago march will involve “people or all faiths and no faiths, and all races all colors and creeds and beliefs in terms of their politics”, noted Mary Hallan-FioRito, spokeswoman for the March for Life Chicago. To demonstrate this fact, the march will feature speeches from two U.S. Congressmen from Illinois. One, Rep. Peter Roskam of Wheaton, is a Republican, and the other, Rep. Dan Lipinski of Western Springs, is a Democrat. Both Congressmen identify as pro-life and call for an end to Roe vs. Wade.
Examples of other speakers include Greek Orthodox Bishop Demetrios of Mokissos, Pastor Ceasar LaFlore of the National Black Pro-Life Union, former Planned Parenthood employee Linda Couri, WLS radio personality Dan Proft, Relevant Radio's Sheila Liaugminas, former nurse Jill Stanek, Chicago Bears board member Patrick McCaskey, and Brittaney Campbell of Aid for Women. One of the major speakers being featured is Chicago's own Catholic Cardinal, Francis George of Chicago.
The speakers intend to highlight the problems of America's abortion-on-demand culture, and especially bring attention to Illinois' extremely lax and liberal abortion laws. One of the worst examples of this involves Dr. Ulrich George Klopfer, an abortion doctor who recently told RH Reality Check that he encourages Indiana girls under the age of 14 to go to Illinois for abortion, so they can avoid a state law requiring abortionists to report abortions of young teens on the grounds of suspected statutory rape.
Organizers of the Chicago March noted that the local March for Life is not meant to be seen as “competition” to the national event. The events are being held on different days, so if Chicago area residents wish, they can attend both. Mary Hallan-FioRito noted that the Chicago march is “always done on the Sunday before the March in Washington, to allow people going to Washington to participate in the regional march – and perhaps even heighten awareness of the march that is happening in Washington.”
If you're interested in attending this year's Chicago March for Life, please save these dates:
- March for Life - Chicago
- Sunday, January 19, 2014
- 1:00pm - 3:00pm
- Assemble at FEDERAL PLAZA
- (200 S. Dearborn St, Chicago, 60604)
- with a rally and speakers
- March north to the STATE OF ILLINOIS BUILDING
- (James R. Thompson Center, 100 W. Randolph, Chicago)
So, if you're a pro-life Catholic and you have some free time on Sunday, what are you waiting for? Let's have the courage to speak out. It's time to tell all of America that we love life in the windy city!