Louisiana gets ready for first March for Life in Baton Rouge
BATON ROUGE, Louisiana, January 14, 2011 (LifeSiteNews.com) – Pro-life advocates in Louisiana will soon be gathering for the first ever Louisiana Life March to mourn the 38th Anniversary of Roe v. Wade, the 1973 Supreme Court decision legalizing abortion in all 50 states.
The march is being held in the state capital of Baton Rouge, beginning with a rally at the Old State Capitol at 10 am. Participants will then march to the State Capitol. Faith, civic, and community leaders are expected to address the crowd and lead them in prayer.
Scheduled speakers include U.S. Sen. David Vittter, Dr. Richard Land of the Southern Baptist Convention, and Bishop Robert W. Muench of Baton Rouge, among others.
“We are looking forward to uniting the pro-life people of Louisiana, across all denominational lines, to take a stand for life in our Capital,” said Benjamin Clapper, Director of Louisiana Right to Life.
“We believe this historic movement can help us move closer to an abortion-free Louisiana. We encourage all people to join us,” he added.
The first ever march for Louisiana is sponsored by a broad-based pro-life coalition including Louisiana Right to Life, Louisiana Family Forum, Louisiana Conference of Catholic Bishops’ Life and Justice Committee, the Louisiana Baptist Convention, the Knights of Columbus, and Concerned Women for America.
After the speakers and prayer concludes around noon, a Life Ministry Mobilization area near the steps of the Capitol will allow participants to learn about pro-life ministries in the state.
Pro-life Governor Bobby Jindal will also host and participate in the ‘Life Summit and Reception’ at the Governor’s Mansion for key pro-life leaders to discuss ways for developing a stronger pro-life Louisiana.