By Chelsen Vicari, Juicy Ecumenism.
It’s that time of year when hundreds of thousands of fearless pro-life advocates face the blustery wind chill of Washington, D.C. to participate in the annual March for Life, a peaceful demonstration commemorating the 43 anniversary of Roe v. Wade. This year, the number of Evangelical marchers might be noticeably larger than in previous years.
Let’s be honest: it’s our Catholic brothers and sisters who’ve been the dedicated stalwarts organizing, prayerfully and financially supporting, and participating by the busloads in the March for Life. Catholic high schools and colleges encourage youth participation by exempting students from class. Local Catholic ministries transform their facilities into lodging in order to help families cut travel costs. Simply put, many more Catholics than Evangelicals make the March for Life a priority in their Christian social witness.
This is unfortunate when we consider that abortion destroys nearly 4,400 unborn lives every day in the United States. In addition, abortion burdens approximately 4,400 new women every day with its long-lasting physical and emotional effects. By not participating in the March in some capacity, Evangelicals suppress their own public witness in a mission field all its own.
Southern Baptists and Focus on the Family hope to change this disappointing trend with the inaugural Evangelicals for Life event coinciding with the 2016 March for Life.