Annual March For Life Held On State Capitol Grounds

ST. PAUL (WCCO) — Several thousand people will gather on the state capitol grounds in St. Paul Sunday afternoon on the anniversary of the 1973 U.S. Supreme Court decision legalizing abortion.

“It’s a day to remember the unborn babies lost to abortion,” said spokesman Bill Poehler of Minnesota Citizens Concerned For Life, which organized the annual event. “Here in Minnesota there have been more than 567 thousand unborn babies who have been aborted.”

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He said even though abortion continues to be legal his group has made progress with a decline in abortion numbers the last eight to 10 years.

MCCL also points to a right-to-know law in Minnesota, which requires that pregnant women seeking abortion be informed about the risks of the procedure and alternatives.

Regarding the annual march Poehler said, “So we come together to call for greater protection for unborn babies and their mothers.”

  • Jig's Up

    I’d be more sympathetic to this crowd if they showed the same concern for babies and their mothers worldwide. At some time or another, America has bombed or invaded a given country, leaving destruction and death in its wake. Iraq is just one of the more egregious examples in recent years, which our taxes pay for. Are these unborn children and their mothers less worthy of notice and regard and protection? Or is it just white American babies? Bloody hypocrites. And is it not ironic that the spokespeople for these right to life groups are almost universally men?

    • mark

      @Jig What are you talking about? You make no sense!!

    • Phid

      Jig’s Up – your argument is nonsense. Basically, you’re saying that if a group voices opposition to one type of evil in the world it can never be good enough for you if they don’t simultaneously oppose other, non-related types of evil.

      For you to call these people “hypocrites” is not only baseless, but it is also absurd.

  • Gettin Jiggy Wit It

    @Jig- You sound like you’re drunk on propaganda. Here’s an idea, stop typing and start working on your “cause.”

  • R3

    “Several thousand people will gather on the state capitol grounds” is this some sort of predictive reporting or just an example of the garbage we call journalism?

  • mark

    Abortion is murder not birth control

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  • Snarly

    I would be more impressed by the Catholic Church and MCCL if:
    1. They showed equal concern for the baby and mother after the child is born
    2. If they were marching for sufficient housing, food, medical care, and education for the poor and disadvantaged
    3. If, when abortions were illegal, the rich and well connected did not have access to a good clean abortion by a medical doctor.

    Instead the marchers go home and pat themselves on their back and tell each other what a wonderful thing it is to protest.

  • Lots of Hope

    Snarly: The Catholic Archdiocese of St Paul and Minneapolis has a Life Fund which has provided rent/mortgage payments, baby necessities, job finding help, food, clothing and countless other services to over 11,000 women since 1990. The catholic church is concerned with the life issue – from conception to natural death – throughout the world.

    • Celina M.

      Snarly, ever heard of Catholic Social Services or Catholic Relief Services? And every Catholic Diocese has just the sort of assistance you claim to want to see: help for the poor, disadvantaged, etc. Catholic organizations provide assistance in the US and around the world and the Catholic Church is the largest philanthropic organization on the planet.

      • Rachel M.

        Celina’s right. In my diocese we have several places called “Room at the Inn” where we house, give financial aid, and help thru college for women and their children who they chose to keep and not abort. Every year we hold a banquet in the city for raising funds (we raise MUCH money). So please don’t say Catholic’s don’t do anything but march and then “pat ourselves on the back” because we do much more than just march once a year.

  • Carol

    Jig and Snarly – What are YOU doing to make the world a better place, or even our own country? These teens and their chaperons gather in the US annually to make a statement against a Supreme Court decision which sanctions the killing of those who have committed no crime.
    Dr. Martin Luther King, a Republican, led a similar march to protest racial discrimination.
    I repeat: What are YOU doing to help the newborn? What are YOU doing to help stop abortion in other countries?
    The abortion movement was started by Margaret Sanger to reduce the black population in the United States.
    Learn your history before you start your racist comments!

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