A Prayer Service for Life will be held from 10:30 a.m. to 11:30 a.m. Thursday, Jan. 22, at the Cathedral of St. Paul, 239 Selby Ave., in St. Paul. Speakers will include Archbishop John Nienstedt and Ann Marie Cosgrove, founder of Silent No More Minnesota, a non-profit organization that seeks to educate people about the physical, emotional and spiritual effects of abortion. The event is sponsored by the archdiocesan Office of Marriage, Family and Life.
Following the prayer service, the annual March for Life, sponsored by Minnesota Citizens Concerned for Life, will be held at noon on the State Capitol grounds.
The 2009 march commemorates the 36th anniversary of the Roe v. Wade and Doe v. Bolton U.S. Supreme Court decisions that legalized abortion throughout all nine months of pregnancy. These rulings have resulted in the deaths of more than 50 million unborn children, including more than 530,000 in Minnesota.
“Abortion is the greatest human rights issue of our time,” MCCL executive director Scott Fischbach said in a news release. “We encourage Catholics throughout Minnesota to speak up for the sanctity of human life by participating in the MCCL March for Life.” MCCL asks citizens to encourage their lawmakers to attend the march and to meet with their state senator and representative afterward.
Silent No More Minnesota will hold its “Day of Truth” event in the Capitol Rotunda immediately following the March.