ST. PAUL, Minn. (AP) — Archbishop John Nienstedt of the Catholic Archdiocese of St. Paul and Minneapolis will lead a group of several hundred students and others to participate in this weekend’s March for Life protest in Washington on the anniversary of the 1973 Roe vs. Wade Supreme Court decision that legalized abortion.

Nienstedt and a group of 274 students and young adults, parents, priests and seminarians will leave by bus Friday for Monday’s march from the U.S. Capitol Mall to the Supreme Court. A spokesman for the archdiocese says it’s the first time a local archbishop will lead a Catholic delegation to the national march.

The local Minnesota Citizens Concerned for Life is holding its own annual march and rally at the State Capitol this Saturday to protest Roe vs. Wade.

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Comments (2)
  1. Care11 says:

    Have a safe and fun trip, everyone !!!

  2. L.E. says:

    I think its great that people are marching and getting involved with the democratic process. Its even better when people can take their religious views and fuel it into governmental change. However, where are these people when it comes to marching against the economic and political injustices of our time that are faced by a majority of our population? Banks kicking both vulnerable and not vulnerable people out of their homes, CEOs riding golden parachutes out of their pent-house offices while they leave debt and lay-offs in their wakes, and government shaking hands behind doors with the people who’re least in need of a back-door deal. Maybe instead of making a big point about how devilish Roe v. wade is, we should advocate for social programs that make it so while abortion is an option, its no one’s choice.