ROCKFORD, IL., November 17, 2021 – A public prayer vigil to overturn Roe v. Wade will take place on December 1, 2021 at Noon at the Stanley J. Roszkowski United States Federal Courthouse at 327 South Church Street. The rally will be held on the same day that the U.S. Supreme Court hears oral arguments in the Dobbs v. Jackson Women's Health Organization case – the case that could overturn Roe v Wade.

Pro-lifers around the country have been working and praying for this moment when a case would be before the Supreme Court that could result in abortion being illegal in several states.

The rally is being organized by the Rockford Family Initiative. "We are hopeful that the Supreme Court will rule in favor of babies in the womb, and we are joining pro-lifers around the country in praying and rallying for the right decision to be made in this case," said Kevin Rilott, President of Rockford Family Initiative. "Abortion takes a human life, and we will be standing up together to express our love for God and all of his children," Rilott continued.

Illinois is considered an “abortion capital” in the U.S., and in May 2019 the IL General Assembly passed one of the most pro-abortion laws in the country. This law declared that a baby in the womb does not have independent rights and that women have a fundamental “right” to abortion.

The prayer vigil will consist of the Rosary, the Divine Mercy Chaplet, and the Stations of the Cross, among other prayers. It will begin at 12:00PM and end at 1:00PM.

About 50 people joined Rockford Family Initiative to rally in defense of Illinois’ Parental Notice of Abortion Act on Saturday, April 24, 2021. The rally took place at the intersection of Riverside Boulevard and Mulford Road, and participants prayed and held signs.

“It was great to be out here publicly defending Illinois’ Parental Notice law, which has reduced the number of abortions in our state,” said Savannah Dudzik, who drove from Woodstock to attend the rally. “We need to do more of these rallies to show our elected officials the importance of this issue and to encourage them to vote pro-life.”

​In February 2021, a bill titled “Parental Notice Abortion-Repeal” (HB 1797) was introduced into the Illinois legislature, and is currently in committee. If passed, this legislation would repeal the Parental Notice of Abortion Act of 1995, which simply requires that when a minor girl seeks to have an abortion, a parent or guardian be notified 48 hours before the procedure.

Several local media outlets reported on the event, including the Rockford Register Star and WTVO.

"The Parental Notice of Abortion Act is one of the few remaining laws restricting abortion on the books in our state," said Kevin Rilott, President of Rockford Family Initiative.

“Furthermore, the Act provides essential safeguards against the evils of sexual abuse and human trafficking. If the law is repealed, when a young girl is raped or sexually abused, abortion could be used to cover-up the abuse and crime,” continued Rilott. “A teenage girl could be taken to any abortion mill in Illinois to have her child killed, and then the young girl taken home to possibly be abused again – with the abortion industry and abuser hiding all of this from the intimidated girl’s family.”

The rally at Riverside and Mulford began at 12:00PM and ended at 1:00PM. Attendees were asked to follow all state and local COVID-19 protocols.

***Important notice about today’s rally***

We’re at the rally location now, and the rain has started to come down harder. Because of this, we have decided to *postpone* the rally to a later date. Sorry for the late notice - we were really hoping the rain would let up.

Please stay tuned for details on the next rally date and time!

God bless!