Pro-life freedom rides coming to Knoxville


Leslie Palma-Simoncek - Knoxville, TN

The second Pro-Life Freedom Ride for the Unborn, a project of Priests for Life that aims to raise awareness of abortion as the greatest civil rights violation of the 21st century, will visit Knoxville Oct. 15.

Father Frank Pavone, national director of Priests for Life, and Dr. Alveda King, niece of Martin Luther King Jr. and director of African-American outreach for Priests for Life, will lead a kickoff rally at 7 p.m., Friday, Oct. 15, at the Tennessee Theater, 604 S. Gay St. A choir of local voices will perform "Least of These," an anthem for the Freedom Rides composed by Christian recording artist Jamie Owens Collins. Preaching, music and fellowship will be part of this inspirational evening. All ages are welcome and there is no admission fee.

At 9 a.m., Saturday, Oct. 16, join the Priests for Life Pastoral Team, members of the Silent No More Awareness Campaign and national and Knoxville pro-life leaders for a prayer vigil outside Planned Parenthood, 710 N. Cherry St.

At 11 a.m., the Freedom Bus will leave for Chattanooga, where the ride will conclude at 1:30 p.m. with a memorial service at the National Memorial for the Unborn, 6232 Vance Rd. All pro-life and civil rights activists are urged to join the Freedom Rides by following the bus in a convoy of compassion for the unborn.

For more information, or to find out how you can become a Freedom Rider wherever you are, visit Or, call Leslie Palma-Simoncek, director of communications for Priests for Life, at 732-757-9087.

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