Before the Christmas rush, please plan now to be in Richmond for the Virginia Stands for Life Gathering on Wednesday, January 9, the opening day of the 2013 General Assembly session. The Family Foundation is joining with more than a dozen state and national pro-life groups to speak for those who cannot speak for themselves. The secular left's most vulgar and hysterical attacks on pro-life advocates started here in Virginia during the 2012 General Assembly session and we want our legislators, the media and our opposition to know that Virginia truly is pro-life. We are especially excited to announce that Ryan Bomberger will be one of our special speakers. Ryan’s mother was raped and she went through with the pregnancy. After his birth, he was adopted into a multi-racial family of 15. He is making a huge impact on the culture with his TooManyAborted.com billboard/web campaign. You will not want to miss hearing Ryan's powerful testimony and the action steps he will spur you to take to stand for life.

 

 It's a fact: Too many babies are aborted each year and the General Assembly needs to know a majority of Virginians agree. Click here or the image above to see a short video and register for the Virginia Stands for Life Gathering on January 9.

This gathering is in place of our normal Day at the Capitol. Given the import of the message needed to be delivered this year, all of our resources need to be put into January 9. In this vein, we hope you will plan to prioritize this day. We need a large gathering to show that those of us who value life from conception to natural death are still engaged and still passionate for our cause. After the election last month, many pundits and consultants are encouraging politicians to abandon their pro-life positions. We need to make it clear that is not an option.

The gathering will be at the Capitol Bell Tower at 10:00 a.m. We will finish with everything by around 11:30, but we encourage you to stay and visit the House or Senate gallery to watch the session and then stop by your legislators' offices and let them know you were here for Virginia Stands for Life Day. If you are able to be here early, we will lead a prayer walk at 9:00, starting next to the Richmond Convention Center (corner of 5th and Broad Streets) and culminating at the Bell Tower at 10:00.

We have created a short video to explain the necessity of gathering in Richmond on January 9. Please take a couple of minutes to watch it and then click the link below the video to register for the event. I look forward to seeing you in Richmond!