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Successful start for Freedom Rides


Charlie Butts


Priests for Life's first Pro-Life Freedom Ride last month was deemed a successful event, and now the group is gearing up for its second ride.

The Pro-Life Freedom Ride from Birmingham to Atlanta was held last month, kicking off the Freedom Riders' ten steps to end abortion, including a nine-week period of prayer.

"It was a tremendous impact to have pro-life leaders [and] African-American leaders led by Dr. Alveda King, the niece of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. and daughter of the Reverend A.D. King, leading the charge, really making the connection between the civil rights movement and the pro-life movement," shares Priests for Life spokesman Jim Pinto.

He explains the link is the sacredness and dignity of human life, including for the pre-born. As abortion relates to the African-American community, blacks represent about 11 percent of the nation's population, but 36 percent of the abortions are performed on black babies.

"So it's a very powerful time, and I believe that it doesn't take too much light to expose a lot of darkness," the pro-life spokesman notes. "But Dr. King is really taking the lead, and we're taking the Freedom Ride campaign now to Knoxville, Tennessee, and [to] Chattanooga. That will be October 15 and 16."

Pinto is hopeful that the number of rally participants will at least double for the upcoming event. Everyone is encouraged to participate, and information on how to sign up can be found at the Freedom Rides website.


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