Every day, more than 13 lives are lost in Iowa to abortion. Despite the staggering toll, pro-lifers continue the fight to end abortion. This Saturday, pro-life groups in Des Moines and Sioux City will take the cause to the streets with the March for Life.
“It is more vital than ever that we continue to speak up,” said Iowa Right to Life Executive Director Jenifer Bowen. “We are the voice for those with no voice–the unborn, the infirm and the elderly. We will not rest until every life, born and unborn, is safe from the pervasive culture of death.”
More pro-life legislation has passed in the past 10 years than in the previous 30 combined, but the process is long, frustrating and heartbreaking. Still, Iowa Right to Life continues its quest and uses events like the Midwest March for Life in an effort to win over hearts and minds.
The second annual Midwest March for Life begins at the west steps of the State Capitol on Saturday at 11 am. The march is part of a day full of events that include a luncheon, youth rally and breakout sessions with pro-life leaders. Last year’s event drew a few hundred attendees and was led by Governor Branstad and Lt. Governor Reynolds.
“Since the Roe v. Wade decision was thrust on our nation, more than 56 million unborn children have had their lives violently ended in the womb. Who were they created to be? Tragically, we will never know. Little girls and boys who never got to take their first breath, to live their lives, to dream about who they wanted to be when they grew up,” Bowen said.
Also on Saturday, the third annual Siouxland March for Life takes place. It begins at Cornerstone World Outreach Center in Sioux City, Iowa. The march will begin at 1 pm, followed by a rally at 1:30.
The keynote speaker for this year’s march is Lia Mills, a 17-year-old pro-life activist who won international acclaim five years ago for a speech she gave at a school competition denouncing abortion. The speech was recorded and uploaded to YouTube where it garnished over one million views.
“I am excited for the event this weekend which will give Siouxlanders a chance to demonstrate their testimony to their pro-life beliefs. Abortion mills are closing nationwide and we believe the Planned Parenthood in Sioux City is soon to follow,” said Jake Dagel, executive director of Teen Defenders, the organization hosting the event.
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