Harleys might soon be roaring their engines outside abortion clinics and at pro-life rallies across America amid concerted efforts to bring motorcyclists into the abortion debate.
As pro-life advocates plan to mark the 41st anniversary of Roe v. Wade with the annual March for Life rally in Washington, D.C., Wednesday, and as similar events unfold in cities across the nation this week, an activist in Texas has announced a unique initiative he's launching to more deeply involve bikers in the pro-life movement.
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Mark Crutcher, president of Life Dynamics, Inc., a Denton, Texas-based anti-abortion group, recently announced the founding of Bikers for Life, a project he hopes will lead to motorcyclists having a "presence in front of every abortion clinic in America."
Crutcher, an avid biker since the age of 12, has been riding hogs for 53 years and is now looking to take that passion and fold it into his work at Life Dynamics -- all for the sake of saving unborn babies' lives.
"I have always had this belief that the biker community, from what I can tell, is pretty overwhelmingly pro-life," he said in a statement announcing the project. "So I had this idea, sometime ago, about Bikers for Life, that we would try and bring these people into the movement."
Crutcher told TheBlaze that there are two main reasons he launched Bikers for Life: to help change the pro-life movement's image and to dramatically increase the size of the movement.
He believes that there are large groups of people in America who actually agree with the anti-abortion message but don't feel they match the stereotypes and perceived view of what it means to be pro-life.
"The abortion lobby and the media have defined the pro-life movement as a collection of old, conservative, white, Republican, religious nut-cases," Crutcher said. "Unfortunately, we often reinforce that stereotype and, in doing so, we keep our numbers artificially low."
He said that personal experience has led him to believe that the biker community is actually more pro-life than the general public, making motorcyclists a perfect ally in fighting against abortion in America.
"Several factors drive this. First, by their nature, bikers tend to be politically conservative," he added. "Second, bikers also tend to be an extremely patriotic group and, today, they are sensing that something is terribly wrong with out country and that, if changes are not made, we will soon be in an irreversible state of moral collapse. They also see the legalization of abortion as a symbol of that moral collapse."
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Crutcher continued, "Third, the typical biker abhors both cowardice and injustice, and the predominate feeling among them is that abortion is a textbook example of each."
Bikers are already getting involved, with 91 motorcyclists who participated in the Dallas March for Life last weekend. And there are plans for more integration, as hog riders will be invited to take part in additional events across the nation.
One area where these individuals could become instrumental is outside abortion clinics, where Crutcher said they can "become the reinforcement troops for picketers."
See video from the Dallas March for Life below:
"The clinics are the killing fields, and this is the place where God is calling the biker community into action," he said.
Crutcher believes that the future of Bikers for Life has unlimited possibilities and that the project is poised for monumental growth. He hired a staff member at Life Dynamics devoted to heading up outreach, as the group is currently compiling a database of biker groups across the U.S. that it plans to reach out.
Featured image via Life Dynamics/Bikers for Life