The second Pro-Life Freedom Ride, patterned after the civil rights freedom rides of the 1960s, is being launched today.
During the first Pro-Life Freedom Ride for the unborn from Birmingham to Atlanta (July 23-24, 2010), more people participated than all of those who took part in all of the freedom rides combined during the civil rights movement 50 years ago. Father Frank Pavone of Priests for Life says the next one, launched today in Tennessee, will travel from Knoxville to a special memorial in Chattanooga.
"It is the National Memorial for the Unborn," he says. "And in that facility one can see little gold plates placed on the wall which bear the inscriptions written by the moms and dads and other relatives of children who were lost to abortion."
Pavone says the gathering at that memorial on Saturday will provide a time for reflection, meditation, prayer, and healing for those who have faced the ramifications of abortion. But it is also a place of hope, says the pro-life activist.
"Men and women of the Silent No More Awareness Campaign, who share their testimonies after abortion, will be there and will give their testimony at that Chattanooga service," he explains.
Pavone sees a lot of excitement and energy in participation in the pro-life movement, largely because of educating the public over the past several years on the harm of abortion, but also due to awareness of the genocide that abortion represents on African Americans and other minorities.