by Steven Ertelt
January 23, 2008
Washington, DC (LifeNews.com) — While a couple hundred thousand people marched for life in the nation’s capital, thousands more participated in some of the hundreds of pro-life rallies and events that took place in cities and towns across the country. The events proved that the pro-life movement is alive and well in all 50 states.
Thousands of pro-life advocates took to the streets in Olympia, Washington to protest abortion and remember March for Life founder Kathy McEntee, who died earlier this month.
The 4,500 marchers there opposed abortion but also pledged to work against a new state initiative that would legalize assisted suicide.
Minnesota saw between 2,000 and 3,000 people in spite of bitterly cold temperatures and high winds. Bill Poehler, the communications director for Minnesota Citizens Concerned for Life told LifeNews.com that "a large portion of todays marchers were young people."
Rep. Michele Bachmann spoke at the March, calling pro-life citizen activists her heroes and thanking them for continuing to save lives. We don’t stand here to judge, we are here to heal, she said.
In North Carolina, dozens of pro-life advocates braved very cold weather to join Barbara Holt, North Carolinas Right to Life president, in condemning abortion.
Somebody has to speak out for the unborn, Laurent Changuion said about his reasons for joining. Somebody has to speak out for the unborn and I say that respectfully.
Another 150 people rallied in Louisville, Kentucky and black pro-life advocate Angela Minter, director of the local branch of the Sisters For Life organization, said pro-life people of all races should come together.
"I have a dream, too, and I think all of us share this dream," Minter said. "I have a dream that the country will be called back to its moral senses."
"What was done in 1973 was the killing of the plan and purpose God had for pre-born babies," Minter said.
About 100 people, including several legislators, rallied in the Alaska capital of Juneau.
Rep. Bob Lynn told those in attendance that abortions are down nationwide "because of pro-life warriors like you."
Mary Kay Culp, executive director of Kansans for Life, had 200 people join her for a rally on the south steps of the Topeka capitol building.