Focus on the Family President Jim Daly hosted a press Wednesday to announce the upcoming Evangelicals for Life conference that will be hosted at the Hyatt Regency in Washington on Jan. 21-22.
The conference, which will be attended by hundreds and viewed by thousands watching live stream from their own churches, will feature over 20 Evangelical and pro-life speakers including Moore, Daly, Pastor David Platt, Rev. Samuel Rodriguez and March for Life President Jeanne Mancini. The event will cover an array of abortion-related topics, such as the Center for Medical Progress’ undercover Planned Parenthood videos that were released last summer, along with adoption, foster care, disability care and international human dignity issues.
With the annual March for Life rally beginning around noon on Jan. 22 on the National Mall, Daly asserted during the press call attended by The Christian Post that he is hopeful that this conference will help encourage more Evangelicals to attend the March for Life rally, an event that is mostly attended by Catholics.
“The Catholic community has been the ones to go to the March for Life and participate on the mall, listen to the speakers, to galvanize annually the support for life,” Daly said. “Evangelicals have read about it in the newspaper and heard about it in the news, but I don’t think that we have shown that kind of commitment to come together in a location where people can add their voice to the other voices talking about the life movement.”
“When you look at a country that has roughly 323 million people and I think most of the survey data suggest somewhere between 90 to 100 million check-the-box Evangelical Christians, that’s a big community and it’s really a rallying point to get people to recognize that they have an opportunity to be a voice for life and to share with their Catholic brothers and sisters the concern that we all share about this topic,” Daly added.
Moore stated that he hopes to see more Evangelical church vans transporting people to the nation’s capital for the March for Life this year and years to come.
“When it comes to the March for Life and one finds church vans and church groups and youth groups and campus ministries who all have been coming every year to the March for Life and more and more of them coming, this is what I am hoping for amongst Evangelicals,” Moore said. “This is our first year of doing it this way and we want that to increase and continue to where we see more and more First Baptist and Community Presbyterian and Gospel Bible Church vans that are present bringing people to stand in solidarity with the unborn and their moms.”
Although Evangelicals don’t attend the March for Life at the same rate that Catholics do, Moore explained that Evangelicals are active in the pro-life movement in other ways, either through adoption, orphan care, or ministering to mothers and families in crisis situations.