WASHINGTON (CNS) — All of the usually expected groups were in attendance at this year’s March for Life in Washington Jan. 22, the 42nd anniversary of the Roe v. Wade decision.
There were busloads of students from Catholic schools and Catholic universities, evangelical churches, conservative action groups and more.
However, one group gathered beside the Smithsonian Castle on the National Mall touting nose rings and fluorescent hair was far from the typical pro-life crowd.
The Pro-Life Alliance, a coalition of “nontraditional” organizations that have banded together for the protection of the unborn, held its first news conference an hour before the March for Life rally began.
Aimee Murphy, the group’s founder and spokeswoman, addressed the media, stating the alliance’s mission is to bring all of its groups together to “abolish abortion regardless of religious stance, political affiliation … economics, that sort of thing” and to show that there are nontraditional pro-lifers “in the movement.”
According to Murphy, alliance members “will all work together to abolish abortion.”
Upon starting the news conference, Murphy reiterated the group’s stance to unite “atheists, pagans, Buddhists, Muslims and Jews” on the issue of the sanctity of human life and dignity. “Being pro-life does not have to be a Catholic thing, an evangelical thing or even a conservative thing; we at the Pro-Life Alliance coalition intend to show unity in the pro-life issue in light of and despite of our diversity.”
Murphy went on to say that “alienation of nontraditional groups in the pro-life movement has made them inactive and apathetic” and that the pro-life movement is better served by “remaining united in diversity, rather than creating division by infighting.”
The groups in the alliance include Life Matters Journal, Feminists for Nonviolent Choices, New Wave Feminists, Secular Pro-Life, And Then There Were None — Pro-Life Outreach, Democrats for Life of America and Consistent Life, with more groups “who will be signing on in the days and months to come.”
According to Murphy, “you could outlaw abortion with Republicans alone or with Christians alone, but you cannot create a culture of life without the support of every human being; peace cannot be attained by mere factions.”
Other speakers from groups such as New Wave Feminists and the Democrats for Life of America followed Murphy in stating their desire to create a culture of life across all walks of life.
In a time of crisis CatholicPhilly.com keeps the information flowing
During the current coronavirus crisis, you can help CatholicPhilly.com deliver the kind of news people need to know about the Catholic Church, especially in the Philadelphia region, and the world in which we live ― every day.
Budgets are tight at this time, and CatholicPhilly's is no different than those of most families. We make sure your donation in any amount will go a long way toward continuing our mission to inform, form in the Catholic faith and inspire the thousands of readers who visit every month.
Here is how you can help:
- A $100 gift allows us to present award-winning photos of Catholic life in our neighborhoods.
- A $50 gift enables us to cover a news event in a local parish, school or Catholic institution.
- A $20 gift lets us obtain solid faith formation resources that can deepen your spirituality and knowledge of the faith.
- A small, automated monthly donation means you can support us continually and easily.
Won't you consider making a gift today?
Please join in the church's vital mission of communications by offering a gift in whatever amount that you can ― a single gift of $40, $50, $100, or more, or a monthly donation. Your gift will strengthen the fabric of our entire Catholic community.
Make your donation by credit card here:
Or make your donation by check:
222 N. 17th Street
Philadelphia, PA 19103