Minnesotans gather to commemorate lives lost to abortion, urge protection of rights of all human beings
ST. PAUL — A large crowd of Minnesotans descended on the state Capitol in St. Paul today to commemorate the millions of lives lost to abortion and the women, men, and families who have been wounded as result. The Minnesota Citizens Concerned for Life (MCCL) March for Life vigorously urged protection of the human rights of all human beings, including unborn children and their mothers.
The annual event at the Capitol marked the 46th anniversary of the U.S. Supreme Court’s Roe v. Wade and Doe v. Bolton decisions, which made abortion legal for any reason and stripped a whole class of innocent human beings, unborn children, of protection under the law. The consequences of those rulings have been devastating.
“There have been more than 60 million unborn children killed by abortion, and more than 600,000 unborn babies in Minnesota alone,” MCCL’s Robyn Swiderski told the crowd of citizens gathered from across the state. “Every single one of those children should have had a chance to live.”
MCCL introduced its 2019 legislative agenda at today’s March during a brief program on the Capitol steps. The agenda calls on lawmakers to enact legislation ensuring women have the option to view their ultrasound prior to undergoing abortion. Ultrasound is usually performed before an abortion, but women generally aren’t offered the chance to see.
An MCCL-backed ultrasound bill passed through both the Minnesota House and Senate last year, but it was vetoed by Gov. Mark Dayton. MCCL is committed to working with elected officials again in 2019 to advance this important measure.
“Women deserve to see the truth that an ultrasound shows,” said Swiderski. “They deserve to make an informed decision about a procedure that is life-altering not just to the child, but for the mother as well.”
Many of Minnesota’s pro-life state legislators attended the MCCL March for Life and were introduced during the program. Pro-life members of Congress sent written greetings.