March For Life Chicago's 10th anniversary: Midwest pro-life advocates proclaim sanctity of human life

CHICAGO, Jan. 5, 2015 /Christian Newswire --

The 10th Anniversary of the March for Life Chicago, on Sunday, January 18, 2015 at 2 p.m. (Central), will share multiple perspectives of the pro-life stand against abortion. Chicago Archbishop Blase Cupich, Congressmen Dan Lipinski and Peter Roskam, and multi-generation advocate families, will lead the call to end abortion in Illinois and proclaim the sanctity of all human life. A notable line up of speakers will mark with sadness the January 1973 Roe v. Wade decision that legalized abortion in the United States, including former Planned Parenthood clinic director Abby Johnson, Dr. Erwin Lutzer of The Moody Church, and the iconic "godfather" of the pro-life movement, Joe Scheidler.

Over 3,000 participants from Illinois, Wisconsin, and Indiana are expected to amass on Chicago's Federal Plaza and march through the Loop to the James R. Thompson Center. There will be rallies at both the March for Life assembly point and the destination.

"The March for Life Chicago message is one of love and hope," stated Emily Zender, president of March for Life Chicago. "This occasion affirms the authentic dignity of women, celebrates the gift of children, and promotes a culture dedicated to protecting life at every stage of development. March for Life Chicago joins events across the country from Washington DC to San Francisco to proclaim that all lives matter and declare that it is time to end abortion in America."

WHAT: 10th annual March for Life Chicago

WHEN: Sunday, January 18, 2015, from 2 to 4 p.m. (Central)

WHO: Thousands of individuals and pro-life groups from Illinois, Wisconsin and Indiana

WHERE: Assembling at Federal Plaza, 50 W Adams, Chicago, MAP: http://goo.gl/maps/Zu1lI, and marching to James R. Thompson Center, 100 W. Randolph, Chicago, MAP

ADDITIONAL INFORMATION: www.MarchForLifeChicago.com

SPEAKERS -

START LOCATION: Federal Plaza

* Most Reverend Blase J. Cupich, Archbishop of Chicago, Roman Catholic Church

* The Very Reverend Archimandrite Paul Gassios, Bishop-elect, Episcopal See of Chicago, Diocese of the Midwest, Orthodox Church in America

* Dr. Erwin Lutzer, Senior Pastor, The Moody Church, and co-author, Jesus, Lover of a Woman's Soul

* Three generations of pro-life advocates:

-- Joseph Scheidler, National Director of the Pro-Life Action League
-- Eric Scheidler, Executive Director of the Pro-Life Action League
-- Sam Scheidler, third generation pro-life advocate and blogger

* Tommie Romano, personal post-abortive testimony

* Pastor Mark Jobe, lead pastor, New Life Community Church, and founder, New Life Centers

* Katie Melody, Students for Life of Illinois and leader of Loyola Students for Life Service Committee

RALLY LOCATION: James R. Thompson Center

* U.S. Representative Dan Lipinski, 3rd Congressional District of Illinois, Democratic Party

* U.S. Representative Peter Roskam, 6th Congressional District of Illinois, Republican Party

* Patrick McCaskey, co-owner of the Chicago Bears

* Abby Johnson, former Planned Parenthood director and founder of And Then There Were None

* Three generations of pro-life advocates:
-- Mary Cooper
-- Julie Cooper
-- Sandy Hiltebrand

* Chanel Moore, personal post-abortive testimony

Master of Ceremonies: Mary-Louise Hengesbaugh, former Miss Wisconsin and Respect Life Director - Archdiocese of Chicago, author, and mother of two adopted children.

Presenting organizations include:

* Illinois Right to Life
* Students for Life of Illinois
* Pro Life Action League
* Couples for Christ Foundation for Family and Life
* Relevant Radio
* CatholicVote.org
* Archdiocese of Chicago
* Respect Life Office - Archdiocese of Chicago
* Lake County Right to Life
* Catholic Conference of Illinois
* Renovación Carismática Católica Hispana
Sponsors include:
* Spirit Juice Studios
* Pro-Life Wisconsin
* Thomas More Society
* Families in Christ Jesus
* Women's Center
* Illinois Family Institute




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