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For Right to Life

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Monday, August 18, 2008

Christians Gather on National Mall for ‘Call’ to End Abortion


Thousands of Christians gathered on the National Mall on Saturday for an event designed to bring an end to legalized abortion and to start a religious revival in America.


"Jesus, I plead your blood over my sins and the sins of our nation," the crowd prayed aloud seven times. "God, end abortion and bring revival to America."


The event was the brainchild of Lou Engle, a Christian activist based in Kansas City who staged the first "The Call" on the Mall in 2000, which his Web site says drew more than a 250,000 Christians to the nation's capitol.


Christian activist Lou Engle told the crowd that he wants the next generation to get Roe v. Wade overturned. (Penny Starr/

The number of people on the Mall fell short of the 1 million organizers had hoped for, but thousands showed up to fast, pray and listen to speakers, including former Arkansas Governor and presidential candidate Mike Huckabee, Norma McCorvey – the "Jane Roe" of Roe v. Wade – and a stream of women and men who said abortion had nearly destroyed their lives and relationships.


Engle told the crowd he wanted the next generation to be the one to get Roe v. Wade overturned and to take on the job of caring for the 4,000 children who could be born each day rather than aborted.


Katee Brown drove with nine friends from Minnesota to attend the event – a trip that took 24 hours.


A group of men pray at the event, which lasted 12 hours and attracted thousands of Christians. (Penny Starr/

"It's just a chance to call upon the Lord to bring change and bring healing, and that's something we all need," Brown, 20, told


"It's very humbling to be able to ask the Lord to have mercy on a generation who has broken his heart so much," Joyce Lee, who came with friends from New Jersey, told


But most of the people in the large and emotional crowd shared the sentiments of David Cordova of Jersey City, N.J., who said he had come to "The Call" to support a cause that he hopes will lead to the overturning of the 1973 U.S. Supreme Court ruling that legalized abortion in the United States.


"Jesus came to give life and give life more abundantly," Cordova told "(Abortion) is the killing of children no matter what stage they are in. It's murder, it's death and it should be done away with."


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The IFRL is the largest grassroots pro-life organization in Illinois. A non-profit organization, that serves as the state coordinating body for local pro-life chapters representing thousands of Illinois citizens working to restore respect for all human life in our society. The IFRL is composed of people of different political persuasions, various faiths and diverse economic, social and ethnic backgrounds. Since 1973 the Illinois Federation for Right to Life has been working to end abortion and restore legal protection to those members of the human family who are threatened by abortion, infanticide and euthanasia. Diverse though we are, we hold one common belief - that every human being has an inalienable right to life that is precious and must be protected. IFRL is dedicated to restoring the right to life to the unborn, and protection for the disabled and the elderly.   Click here to learn more about the IFRL.