LAKE CHARLES -- The 23rd Annual March for Life Southwest Louisiana, sponsored by New Life Counseling, Inc., will take place Monday, January 22, beginning in the Lake Charles Civic Center Veterans War Memorial Park.
This year marks the 45th anniversary of the United State Supreme Court’s Roe vs. Wade decision that legalized abortion in the U.S. In that time, more than 60 million American babies have been legally aborted during any stage of pregnancy, even up to full term.
Those wishing to participate are asked to line up at 5:30 p.m. behind the lead banner in the Park. The march will begin at 6 p.m. walking through the Civic Center parking lot, then west onto Bord du Lac Drive, then east onto Clarence Street, then north on Ryan Street to the steps of the District Courthouse, 1000 Ryan Street, for a one-hour – 6:30 to 7:30 p.m. - Candlelight Memorial Prayer Vigil featuring keynote speaker Ben Clapper, the Director of Louisiana Right to Life.
Those unable to walk in the march are welcome to meet at the Courthouse.
“We’ve never wavered from having this event on this tragic anniversary date of a judicial decision that has forever changed our country with more lives lost than all the wars combined and remembering the significance that this date brings to those moms and dads who are regretfully post-abortive,” said Jeanne LeBato, Executive Director of New Life Counseling. “Our mission is to invite and unite people of all faith backgrounds who stand firm for the sanctity of human life, from conception to natural death, to lock arms in prayer and peacefully speak up for providing legalized protection of life for the unborn and to give dignity, honor and respect to those innocent lives lost to abortion. This event coincides with regional, national, and international pro-life marches and memorials across the globe.
“It is only through unity for this cause that we will defeat abortion in our country and abroad,” she continued. “Please embrace this local opportunity to participate in a solemn, silent March for Life. With each step we take, we remember every baby who was not given a voice, the families who have been left wounded by an abortion loss, restoration of the sanctity of life in the USA, and reformation for legalized protection of the unborn.”
The national March for Life theme in Washington, DC is “Love Saves Lives” and the theme for Louisiana Right to Life is “Every Life Deserves a Lifetime.” We will be following both of these themes here in southwest Louisiana.
The march will take place rain or shine, so participants are urged to be prepared.
“January can be cold and harsh just like the atrocities to human life that are occurring through the abortion industry,” LeBato said. “Take advantage of this opportunity to publically stand up for life, liberty, and the pursuit of happiness not just for some, but for all.