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National Memorial for the Pre-Born and their Mothers and Fathers Removed from Capitol Buildings

Contact: Jerry Horn, National Pro-Life Religious Council (NPRC), 540-220-0095


WASHINGTON, Jan. 17 /Christian Newswire/ -- For the first time in 13 years, the Senate leadership is uncooperative in providing room for the annual interfaith pro-life prayer service observing the anniversary of Roe v. Wade.

"In all past years, the Senate leadership has approved the prayer service in one of the larger auditoriums, but this year has been unwelcoming," said Dr. Paul Schenck, who coordinates the event.  In previous years, Senators Ted Kennedy, Hillary Clinton, and John Kerry have filed complaints against the prayer gathering.

The National Memorial for the Pre-Born and their Mothers and Fathers, the only pro-life prayer service to take place within the Capitol complex each year, will convene Tuesday, January 22, 2008 in observance of the notorious decision which led to abortion on demand.  Clergy from Catholic, Evangelical, Protestant, and Orthodox traditions will address the media at 8:15 AM in the US Senate Dirksen Building, Room 430, and then proceed en masse to The Church of the Reformation, 212 E. Capitol St., NE, one block from the US Supreme Court Building for a prayer service originally scheduled to be in one of the Senate buildings.  The use of space at Church of the Reformation does not indicate endorsement or sponsorship by the church.

At the clergy media event and Memorial service will be: Bishop Demetrios Kantzavelos, Orthodox Bishop of Chicago; Fr. Frank Pavone, national director of Priests for Life; Rev. Dr. Johnny Hunter, founder of LEARN, the largest African American pro-life organization; Rev. Kenneth Barney of the New Antioch Baptist Church, one of the largest African American churches in the DC Metro area; Annapolis attorney Stephen G. Peroutka, founder of National Pro-Life Radio; and many others.

For response and interviews regarding the event, contact Day Gardner, Media Coordinator, at 202-834-0844 or Daygardner23a@aol.com.