Thousands Stand Strong and March On to Remember 40 Years
2013 commemorates the 40th Anniversary of the landmark Roe v.Wade decision that legalized abortion in all 50 states. Over 2,500 pro-life Louisianians gathered in Baton Rouge this past Saturday, January 12th, to remember the 55 million lives lost and stand as a unified body for an end to abortion.
The day kicked off with the Galvez Plaza Gathering that featured local speakers sharing various ways pro-lifers can get involved in ministries such as 40 Days for Life, youth programs like Camp Joshua, college activism, and crisis pregnancy center work.
Cindy Collins, director of SpeakHope and the Slidell Crisis Pregnancy Center, led the crowd in an opening prayer, and the beautiful sounds of the Baton Rouge Pipes and Drums kicked off the march from Galvez Plaza to the State Capitol. The march was led by Silent No More (pictured right), a group of courageous post-abortive men and women.
On the steps of the Capitol, the Jubilee Christian Choir offered inspirational music as the crowd approached, followed by an opening prayer and message from State Representative Valerie Hodges. U.S. Senator David Vitter thanked the crowd for their unwavering defense of life and encouraged pro-life citizens to stay active and engaged.
After Archbishop Aymond’s dynamic address, Jeanie Mcandrew Holmes and her son, Brennan Mcandrew, gave a powerful testimony on the impact of abortion in their lives. Brennan, after sharing the story of finding out his mother had an abortion, boldly stated, “I know it is going to be our generation that will stop abortion…we are not listening to the lies that are coming from the abortion industry, the media, and even the White House.”
Holmes powerfully concluded, “If you truly believe with every fiber in your being that the unborn child is a life, and I believe that you do, then wouldn’t you do whatever it takes to protect it? That is what we are called to do.”
Watch the testimonies of Jeanie and Brennan here http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=9fcal04s01E&list=UUcRnLzjZLo2i-JQ0ZZLu1tQ&index=1!
Another highlight of the day was local singer/songwriter Kara Klein sharing her song, “Beautiful Still,” that honors the life of Terri Schindler Schiavo. Other speakers included Gene Mills of Louisiana Family Forum, Dr. David Hankins of the Louisiana Baptist Convention, and Benjamin Clapper of Louisiana Right to Life.
Afterwards, over twenty local pro-life ministries participated in the Life Ministry Mobilization tent.
We are most grateful to our sponsors, speakers, and volunteers. Most importantly, we would like to thank the thousands of pro-life Louisianians who came to march this year despite the chance of terrible weather!
For the third year, the Louisiana Life March sent a message that we will not be silent and will continue to be advocates for life until all of our brothers and sisters are protected. Together, we can create a culture of life in Louisiana and the United States!