Evangelicals Strengthen Anti-Abortion Stance With New Event Held In Conjunction With Catholic-Led “March for Life”

Associated Press/Photo by Jacquelyn Martin The March for Life protest in Washington, D.C., last January.
Associated Press/Photo by Jacquelyn Martin
The March for Life protest in Washington, D.C., last January.

More than a half-million March for Life protesters — overwhelmingly Catholic, hundreds of thousands of them parochial school kids — will load onto buses bound for a chilly Washington, D.C., later this month, crowding into the National Mall.

This year, they can expect more evangelical Protestant friends marching alongside them on the 43rd anniversary of the Roe v. Wade Supreme Court decision legalizing abortion.

Since becoming head of the Nashville-based Southern Baptist Convention’s policy arm three years ago, Russell Moore has been looking for ways to plug more evangelicals into this issue. He’s doing it with the first Evangelicals for Life conference, sponsored by the Ethics and Religious Liberty Commission and Focus on the Family, being held in Washington Jan. 21-22.

The event brings Southern Baptists full circle on the issue on abortion — denominational leaders in the early 1970s famously supported women’s right to choice. Those included Foy Valentine, who held Moore’s job as ERLC president, and influential First Baptist Dallas Pastor W.A. Criswell.

That was a mistake rooted in anti-Catholicism and lack of information about abortion, Moore said, and one that was fixed by the next decade. Now, he’s coordinating efforts with Catholics to oppose abortion and seek government intervention to end it.

That’s opposite a stance on government the ERLC outlined at two Nashville conferences in recent years — insisting that officials stay out of it when wedding-related businesses refuse to serve gay couples.

“Just because one wants limits on government doesn’t mean one wants no government,” Moore said. “One thing we can all agree on is that government has the purpose of protecting vulnerable human life. For people who believe that the most vulnerable among them are unborn children, the government has not one person to protect, but two, and it has to stand up for them both.”

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SOURCE: The Tennessean
Heidi Hall