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Fight for Faith, Fight for Life Rallies to Launch in 7 Cities Calling on Catholic Bishops to Stand Firm, Defend Children From Abortion Violence

June 15, 2021

“According to the pro-abortion Guttmacher Institute, 54% of women who undergo abortions are Christian,” said Kristan Hawkins, President of Students for Life and Students for Life Action. “Church leaders have the moral obligation to convey the gravity of abortion and hold public figures who claim to be Christian accountable to the faith they profess. Christians are rising up to call for President Biden to be held accountable by his Catholic Church leaders.”

WASHINGTON D.C. (06-15-2021) – Ahead of this week’s gathering of the U.S. Catholic Bishops, Students for Life of America President Kristan Hawkins announced SEVEN rallies Wednesday across the country, in locations where American Catholic Bishops lead the church, calling on them to stand firm and fight for faith as they consider the impact of Catholics who claim to be faithful but reject church teaching with their policies and rhetoric. The Bishops are to meet starting Wednesday to discuss the disconnect between church teachings and those who claim to be faithful followers, asking what to do about Communion being given to pro-abortion politicians whose political agendas undermine and oppose Church teaching on the preborn.

But this isn’t just a Catholic problem. Hawkins, a Catholic convert, joined with Kristi Hamrick, a Protestant and SFLA/SFLAction Chief Media & Policy Strategist, in an op-ed set for Tuesday in the Washington Times, discussing why this matters.

They wrote: “Working every day with women considering abortion, we’ve seen firsthand the conflicts it causes when people can’t look to the leaders of their church for clear guidance on spiritual principles. When any church fails to lead on the moral issues of our day, other voices become loud and drown out the still, small voice of conscience.

“The pretense that ending preborn life is negotiable creates chaos and confusion and must not stand unchallenged by people of faith or their leaders.”  

At StudentsForLife.org/Faith, those who cannot attend the rallies in person are invited to participate in the campaign by sending a personal email to Archbishop Jose Gomez, current president of the USCCB, and printing tithing slips to leave in their church collection baskets sharing their concerns with their pastors.

 

MEDIA ADVISORY: 

Locations and times of the 7 rallies on Wednesday, June 16thare HERE.

Register for a rally HERE.

Rallies in DC (12:25 ET) & NYC (12:15 ET) will be livestreamed HERE.

 

The Events to thank and encourage leaders for their pro-life stance will reach out to:

Cardinal Timothy Dolan

  • Location: St. Patrick’s Cathedral (263 Mulberry St, New York)
  • Time: 12:00PM ET

Archbishop Jose Gomez 

  • Location: The Cathedral of Our Lady of the Angels (555 W Temple St, Los Angeles)
  • Time: 12:00PM PT

 Joseph Strickland

  • Location: Diocesan Chancery (1015 E. Southeast Loop 323, Tyler)
  • Time: 12:00PM CT

Archbishop Joseph Naumann

  • Location: Saint Peters Cathedral (409 N 15th St, Kansas City)
  • Time: 12:00PM CT

Archbishop Salvatore Cordileone

  • Location: Cathedral of Saint Mary of the Assumption (1111 Gough St, San Francisco)
  • Time: 12:00PM PT

 

The Events to Rally and Encourage Bishops to protect the Catholic faith will address:

Cardinal Blase Cupich

    • Location: Holy Name Cathedral (730 N Wabash Ave, Chicago)
    • Time: 12:00PM CT

Cardinal Wilton Gregory

    • Location: Basilica of the Immaculate Conception (400 Michigan Ave NE, Washington, DC)
    • Time: 12:00PM ET

 

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Students for Life Action (SFLAction) is the 501c4 sister organization of Students for Life of America (SFLA), the nation’s largest, pro-life, student organization with more than 1,240 groups on middle, high school, and university campuses in all 50 states. Students for Life has more conversations with those most targeted by the abortion industry every day, week, and year than any other pro-life outreach in the world and mobilizes the Pro-Life Generation to confront abortion at the local, state and national levels daily. Every week, Students for Life entities reach more than 2 million people across social media platforms to have nearly 200,000 digital conversations with the most engaged pro-life online audience in the world. 

Students for Life of America (SFLA) is the nation’s largest, pro-life, youth organization. Headquartered in Fredericksburg, VA, SFLA serves more than 1,240 groups on college and university, middle and high school, medical and law school campuses in all 50 states. Student pro-life organizations work to confront policies on their campuses to support pregnant and parenting students, to end Planned Parenthood’s relationships with schools and communities, and to change minds of their peers about abortion. SFLA has more conversations with those most targeted by the abortion industry every day, week, and year than any other pro-life entity.