March for Life South took place in downtown Baton Rouge Saturday following the 47th anniversary of the court case Roe v. Wade.
Streets in downtown Baton Rouge were closed Saturday as pro-life advocates marched from the Louisiana State Capitol building to the old State Capitol to take a stand for the lives of every human.
LSU students from Christ the King Catholic Church participated in the march to show their support for the pro-life movement.
“I think it’s just about kind of standing for what really matters, and that’s the dignity of human life at all stages,” Mark Champagne said.
The march was led by Louisiana Right to Life organization, which was created in 1970, to promote the right to life through education, legislation, activism and service.
Executive Director of Louisiana Right to Life Ben Clapper led the march and expressed the importance of coming together as a community to protect those who do not have a voice.
Several Louisiana public officials and representatives were in attendance to show their support for creating an abortion-free Louisiana.
The keynote speaker for the event was Dr. Alveda King, niece of Dr. Martin Luther King Jr.
King shared a letter that she and other pro-life activists with Civil Rights for the Unborn wrote to the White House on the issue of abortion.
“We are requesting that you also consider addressing another American crisis by declaring that the abortion of a child, notably deemed by science and philosophy as a human byproduct in the womb, is a crime against humanity,” Dr. Alveda King said.
Approximately 60 million abortions have taken place since the Supreme Court case Roe v. Wade in 1973, which established a woman’s right to have an abortion.
The 46th annual March for Life in Washington, D.C., was held earlier this month.
March for Life was founded by Nellie Gray to advocate for overturning Roe v. Wade.
Marches are being held across the nation with five cities in Louisiana taking part in the movement where pro-life advocates say it is wrong to deny the most basic human right: the right to life.
This event was important to many following New York’s new abortion law passed Tuesday, which legalized abortion up to full term.
“It is great to see how one cause can unite a nation, so not only are there walks here, but there are walks all over the nation,” Sabrina Dos Santos said. “Despite the law in New York, there are still people who are still willing to support women.”
For more information on the pro-life movement, text “PROLIFE” to 55222.