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Fort Wayne Groups to March for Life

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Photo credit: Joe Romie

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Written by: Communicator StaffJanuary 25, 2018

By: Nicole Winans

The 44th annual Fort Wayne March for Life will be held downtown Jan. 27.

Over 1,500 people march each year, a large portion of whom are college students, said Abigail Lorenzen, operations and media director of Allen County Right to Life.

The annual pro-life rally is held near the anniversary of the 1973 Supreme Court decision legalizing abortion in Roe v. Wade.

The annual Allen County March for Life began on the first anniversary of Roe v. Wade.

The purpose of the march is to pull the pro-life community together, mourn the pain of the women who were hurt by abortion and draw attention to the loss of babies since the 1973 legalization, Lorenzen said.

Since the case was handed down 45 years ago, 30,000 Allen County babies and 60 million U.S. babies have been aborted, according to Allen County Right to Life.

“Those who attend the event want to see America value and protect its youngest citizens, connect with fellow pro-life Hoosiers, provide a witness to the rest of the world that they think all human life is equal and valuable and show the world love,” Lorenzen said.

All individuals and ages are welcome to attend.

Wheelchair accessible accomodations can be made by calling the ACRL office at 260-471-1849.

“Last year we had 1,900 people join us, and we’d love to double that,” Lorenzen said.

This year an estimated 2,000 pro-lifers from Fort Wayne are expected to attend, showing their support for life from conception to natural death, according to the event website.

Doors open at 11:30 a.m. for attendees to visit local pro-life organizations’ information tables and resources in the lobby.

The rally will start at noon in the University of Saint Francis Performing Arts Center.

The rally will begin by recognizing and thanking clergy members, medical personnel, and elected officials and candidates in attendance for standing publicly for life.

The recognition is followed by a brief update of current ACRL projects and news.

This year’s featured guest speaker is Kelsey Vander Vliet. Vliet is the birth mom of a child who was adopted and will be sharing her story with a unique perspective.

“Her story is both heart-wrenching and inspiring,” Lorenzen said. “She also gives a voice to a group of people often forgotten-the birth mothers who displayed strength and bravery and now mourn the loss of their children for the rest of their lives even as they are thankful for the life and opportunity they were able to give their children through adoption.”

Erin Maggard will also share about her experience with Planned Parenthood and abortion testimony at the rally. Maggard represents the Silent No More Awareness Campaign, which raises awareness about the impact abortion has on women and men.

Throughout the rally, there will be intermittent music to enjoy from a few local artists.

Following the rally, the march will kick off at 1 p.m. The march itself is 0.8 miles, starting at the University of Saint Francis Performing Arts Center and ending in front of the Federal Building.

For those interested in supporting or volunteering the event, email allison@ichooselife.org.

For more information visit ichooselife.org.